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The Importance of Reading ALL of the Cases in Law School

There isn’t another experience in the world that compares to law school.

The professors can be brutal. There are no right answers. And the smartest students don’t always finish at the top.

That’s why it’s incredibly important to do all the assigned reading.


The Socratic Method

Want to be embarrassed in class? Don’t do your reading.

Law school professors—especially the old, curmudgeonly ones—love picking on ill-prepared students in class. And they can spot you a mile away. It’s a sixth sense they develop over the years. They see your eyes avoiding them. They see you twitch in your seat. And they call on you.

The next thing you know you’re being hit with questions in rapid-fire succession. And of course you don’t know the answers. Why? Because you didn’t do the reading! It’s embarrassing. It’s frustrating. And it can affect your grade.

The best way to succeed with a law school professor who relishes the opportunity to dress down ill-prepared students is to come to class prepared. And that means doing all the reading.


The “Right” Answer

One of the biggest secrets your law school professors won’t tell you (but a good law tutor will, obviously) is that there are no “carved in stone” right answers when it comes to the law.

How the law applied (and who wins cases) depends on who understands it best, who can best shape it to meet his or her needs, and who can best present it to a professor (or, once you graduate, a judge or jury).

The best way to find the right answer for the right situation (whether in law school, in contract negotiations or in a court room), then, is to read. Read everything that’s assigned. Know it inside and out. Know the presentence. Understand how it was shaped. And know its intent.

The best way to prepare yourself is to read.


Be the “Best of the Best”

Everyone knows that law students who finish in the top 10 percent of every law school class can pretty much write their own ticket. But it’s hard to finish among the top of the class. After all, law schools are filled with smart, driven people.

But what not everyone knows is that it’s not always the “best of the best” who make it to the top. Often, it’s the students who work the hardest who achieve the top 10 percent, and who consequently have job offers lined up down the street after graduation.

So if you want to succeed in law school—truly succeed and be proud of your accomplishments—you need to do one thing: the reading. All of it.



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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