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Law Students and their New Year’s Resolutions

Well, it’s over. Another trip around the sun is in the books and a new year–with all of its promise and prospects for success–is here.

Naturally it’s time to make some resolutions.

Most people will probably focus their New Year’s resolutions on weight loss, finding love or financial matters. But you shouldn’t. You’re in law school, so you need to keep your eye on the ball that matters most: doing whatever you can to make sure you have a (good) job when you graduate.

Here are five (surprising) resolutions that can help you accomplish your law school goals:

Give away your most prized possession

Your time is your most prized possession. This year, resolve to give it away for free–in the form of volunteering. Working as a volunteer in a law-related area accomplishes three things. It looks great on your resume. It gives you an opportunity to gain real-world experience. And it puts you in front of professionals who you can impress, which leads to references and referrals.

Think small

Everyone wants to work in a top law firm because they think they’ll make loads of money, hang around powerful people and be able to quickly pay off their student loans. All of that may be true, but only a small percentage of law school graduates end up in Big Law. Many, many more go to smaller firms–and make good salaries, meet interesting, powerful people and pay off their student loans. This year, start looking into smaller firms.


The American Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct prohibit you from lying to a judge, client or opposing council. But they say nothing about spending more time lying down, getting some extra sleep. Sleep is critical to your success, so get more of it this year. You’ll feel better and chances are good you’ll do better in law school (as long as you keep up on your studies).

Drink more

It’s been said before on this blog, but it’s worth saying again: Staying properly hydrated is important to your health, mental abilities and physical performance–all of which matter when it comes to law school.

Pay for it

If ever you should pay for companionship and services, it’s now. Hire a law school tutor this year and you’ll increase your chances of winding up in the top 10 percent of your class–which increases your chances of landing a (good) job after graduation.

About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connect 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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