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Tips for Females to Survive Law School

Law school has always been geared toward men. In fact, there was a time not too long ago when women weren’t even admitted to many schools, and then even when they were, women who earned their J.D.s were relegated to the receptionists desks. 

Thankfully those days are gone, but some traditions die hard and law school remains, largely, a man’s world. 

Here are three tips to help women survive (and thrive in) law school.

Find a mentor.
Today, the majority of law school professors are men; but the number of female professors is growing. During your first year, make a connection with a female professor and ask her to serve as your mentor. 

She’s been through exactly what you’ll be experiencing over the next three years. She’ll be able to help you deal with the competitiveness, the Socratic method of teaching and even connect with other women alumni who know what it’s like to be a woman in law school. 

She’ll also be a listener, which is important. Law school is all about demonstrating strength, and sometimes you’ll simply need someone to listen to you–your questions, fears and dreams. Having a mentor who’s been through the grind can be a big help. 

Get involved.
There are nearly 200 American Bar Association-accredited law schools in the country. All of them have student groups devoted to women in law. Get involved. Sure, you’ll be meeting with your competition, but you’ll see that your female classmates share your questions and concerns. You’ll also find friends and sisters in arms who can provide support, serve as study partners and provide some levity. You’ll be surprised how laughing a little can lift your spirits–even when law school is no laughing matter. 

Hire a law tutor.
Let’s face it, you’re in law school to earn your J.D., graduate in the top 10 percent of your class and find the best job possible. So instead of worrying about the testosterone-fueled gunners in the front row who monopolize the classroom discussion and spend all their time trying to impress the professors, focus on what matters: Doing well. The best way to do this is to hire a law tutor. 

Your law tutor will help you play up your strengths, start to think like a lawyer and establish yourself as one of the top students in your class. That’s what really matters, so focus on it and law school will become easier.

About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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