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Choose a Law School That Caters to Your Learning Style

The decision has been made: You’re going to law school.

You’ve got the drive and intelligence to succeed. Now you need to make a smart choice.

When it comes to deciding which law school to attend, there are a lot of factors to consider–ranking, prestige, location and cost, for example. These are all important considerations that should not be overlooked. But there’s another one–a really important one–to consider: your learning style.

Not all law schools curricula are created equal. Some focus on theory, others on practical experience.

Choosing a law school that fits your learning style can mean the difference between thriving versus surviving, book knowledge versus hands-on experience, and landing the job of your dreams versus an entry level job that you take to pay the bills.

So when you’re thinking about your learning style, here are three things to consider:

Competition Versus Community

Some schools look for “gunners” who are there for one reason and one reason only: to finish at the top of their class. Classmates are not friends as much as competitors. If you’re hungry and driven and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed, these types of schools might be a good fit for you.

Some law schools focus on community. Their professors have open-door policies. Their 3Ls mentor their 1Ls. Everyone supports each other. If you’re the type of student who learns better working in groups, these types of schools may be for you.

Theory Versus Experiential Learning

Do you learn better by reading and then talking intelligently about what you’ve read? Or do you learn better by doing? If you’re the former, look for a school that’s focused on theory. If you’re the latter, look for a school with a robust clinical program and a commitment to skills training.

Scholars Versus Practitioners 

Some professors are scholars who love studying the law. Others are lawyers who love to practice the law. If you love “ideas,” look for a school with a lot of scholars. If you love to connect what you’re learning with real-life classes, look for a school with professors who practice.


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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