Post- Semester Blues: How to Bounce Back from a Bad Semester

Post- Semester Blues: How to Bounce Back from a Bad SemesterThis week we welcome guest writer Stephanie Nweke to talk about how to recover if first semester didn’t go well.

It’s a new year, and a new decade. Congrats on making it through another semester, or if you’re a 1L, your first semester of law school.

Things happen unexpectedly during the semester, and it’s unfair that your class grade is usually the sum total of your performance on one exam. That’s why law school grades aren’t always indicative of how great of an attorney you will be.

Regardless of your satisfaction with your grades from last semester, you should always take time to reflect and prepare for the upcoming semester.

So, from my personal experiences, I want to share some of the things that have helped me bounce back!

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The Dos and Don’ts of a Law School Diversity Statement

The Dos and Don’ts of a Law School Diversity StatementWe welcome back guest writer Christen Morgan to talk about working on your law school diversity statement.

Looking for ways to boost your law school admissions packet? I assure you you’re not alone. During the time I was applying to law school, this was something I was frantic about. My LSAT score wasn’t very high, so I became fixated on assembling an admissions packet that would hopefully be sufficient for the reviewer to simply overlook my score or at the very least not give it too much standing. I mean, a girl can dream right? Ultimately, however, I knew I needed to provide documentation that would support my score and somewhat provide an explanation for why it was so low. Thus I completed a LSAT Addendum and Diversity Statement as the emblems of support I would use to supplement my personal statement and boost my overall packet. [Read more…]

Preparing for a Fresh Start Second Semester

Preparing for a Fresh Start Second SemesterThis week we welcome back guest writer Briana Borgolini to talk about starting things off on the right foot in the new semester.

Whether you feel satisfied with your performance first semester, or you think you could improve a bit, preparing for a fresh start second semester is something all law students can benefit from. The first semester is often stressful and difficult to manage for many students, which makes starting second semester with a good frame of mind crucial. Regardless of first semester’s outcome, it is important to remember that you can’t change it now. However, you can use it to reflect, and to set yourself up for a fresh start second semester. [Read more…]

Five Different Time Management Methods: Getting More Done Without Feeling Overwhelmed

Five Different Time Management Methods: Getting More Done Without Feeling OverwhelmedThis week we welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to talk about coming up with a system for time management that works for you!

I have a unique love affair with time management and multitasking. It started as a child and crescendoed as an adult when I became a nanny to a high level executive’s three rambunctious, adorable, intelligent boys. There is nothing quite like figuring out how to juggle graduate school courses (I had a stint attempting an MLA in Gothic Literature), working on your own novel, and meeting the needs of a two year old who constantly attempted dangerous trapeze acts.

It was during that time that I figured out how to manage my days in blocks of time, and I took that efficiency method into law school and bar exam prep. Having your time blocked out, or following any of the time efficiency methods below, gives you structure and allows you to not feel overwhelmed, which in turn, helps you get more done.

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How to Stay Resilient When a Professor Criticizes Your Efforts

How to Stay Resilient When a Professor Criticizes Your EffortsThis week we welcome guest writer Alexandra Muskat to talk about handling criticism from a professor and bouncing back.

Early in my law school career, namely first year, first semester, about halfway through, we had a civil procedure midterm. Up until this point, I hated law school. I felt like everyday my schedule would shift, or swell. I felt overwhelmed by everything; I hated taking the train in and out of Boston, and my weekends were filled with a noxious amount of anxiety.

Then this midterm approached. I can still remember staring at the essay question and my blank page on Examsoft and thinking, “What the heck am I doing with my life?” [Read more…]

Thinking Ahead to Winter Break

Thinking Ahead to Winter BreakThis week we welcome back guest writer Briana Borgolini to talk about what to do to make the most of your winter break.

For most law students, the thought of winter break approaching provides much needed relief during the hectic time at the end of the semester. No matter which year you are in law school, the semester was likely somewhat stressful and exhausting, and it is nearly time for some well-deserved rest. While the most important thing you can do over the break is to recharge for the next semester, there are a few things students may consider doing to effectively and efficiently utilize winter break. [Read more…]

Why Law School Friendships Are Essential for Your Sanity

Why Law School Friendships Are Essential for Your SanityThis week we welcome back guest writer Christen Morgan to talk about the importance of friendships in law school.

If someone were to ask me what my absolute favorite memory of law school is, it would undoubtedly be the hours my friends and I spent on the first floor of our library, with our case books, highlighters and supplements splayed across the table, as we talked about everything under the sun besides the work we were actually doing. This ritual quickly became routine, the person who completed class the earliest would scout the ideal table, one with ample seating, close to the entrance but most importantly on the first floor. This was the only floor with limited talking restrictions and as loud as we were, we were tired of getting reported. [Read more…]

What to Know if You’re Thinking about BigLaw

What to Know if You’re Thinking about Big LawThis week we welcome guest writer Alexis Storey, Law School Toolbox tutor, to talk about the ins and outs of BigLaw.

Like many students who go to law school, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with a law degree. I was generally interested in trying to “help people” but I didn’t have a clear idea of how to go about doing that. When asked, I would tell people I had no desire to work in BigLaw. (I am the type of person who turns into a monster on less than 9 hours of sleep, so I wanted to stay clear of billable hour requirements!) But then I got my 1L grades, I was pleasantly surprised to see I had done well enough to put myself in the running for summer associate positions at BigLaw firms, and figured “why not upload a resume to a database and see what happens?” I put as little effort into the process as possible, only applying to firms that did not require a cover letter. And with that first click to upload my resume, I stepped onto the conveyer belt to BigLaw. [Read more…]

Self-Care During Exam Preparation

Self-Care During Exam PreparationThis week we welcome back guest writer Briana Borgolini to talk about how to get through exams and keep your mental health and personal well-being on track by continuing your self-care!

As relieving as it can be to know that the end of the semester is near (and a break is inevitably impending), it can also be a very hectic and stressful time as finals are approaching. The end of the semester can sneak up on many students, and the realization that there is a lot to do in a relatively short period of time can be overwhelming. It can be all too easy to let self-care fall to the side when things feel so busy, but there are certain things that are very beneficial to make time for. [Read more…]

How to Have a Social Life in Law School

How to Have a Social Life in Law SchoolThis week we welcome back guest writer Alexandra Muskat to talk about balancing a social law and law school – it can be done!

It can be extremely hard to balance having a social life and being in law school. I witnessed this a lot in law school and found that there are two types of law students: those that party too much, and those that don’t let themselves have a break.

When I was in school, I fell somewhere in the middle. I was a bit older than my classmates, and I really enjoyed both my alone time and my family time. But I knew a lot of individuals who fell into both categories. My friends tended to fall into the “party too much” category, always attending every social function with the same fervor as they would have on a night out in Boston when they were 19.

I had a very regimented approach to balancing school and social activities: I micromanaged my time so efficiently that I knew how many hours I could take off to hang out with people and still get enough sleep to be able to study or go to school the next day. I micromanaged my balancing act, and it worked out very nicely. I rarely had FOMO (fear of missing out), and I always had all my work done. Win-win.

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