In this week’s podcast we take a look at preparing for law school. Many students wonder if they should do anything to ensure they are successful in law school, but don’t know where to start or what to do. Our experts talk about a variety of steps incoming law students can take to make sure they are prepared as they embark on their first year of law school.
Ursula Furi-Perry, Adjunct Professor at UMass Law and co-creator of PowerScore’s Law School Advantage course, talks about the importance of academic preparation, and discusses not only the new material but also the new ways of thinking law school will require you to learn. She also stresses that being personally ready to enter law school is important, and mentions the importance of being mentally ready for the workload and demands of a law school career.
Don Macaulay, President and Founder of Law Preview, tells us about the importance of doing well your first year of law school-not just because of your grades, but also because your first year performance is often tied into considering for Law Review and summer associate positions.
Our third guest is Gary Young, attorney and author of Law School Ninja. His book talks about “outsmarting” law school, and discusses the practical knowledge you will need to succeed as you go on this academic endeavor. He draws upon his personal law school experience and discusses the enormous amounts of reading and outlining required in law school (which can often take many hours of sitting and concentrating) and can prove to be difficult if you haven’t concentrated on that type of studying before. One of the most important steps you can take, he says, is making sure you understand the study skills and study habits required for law school.
Ursula Furi-Perry – Director of Academic Support and Adjunct Professor at The Massachusetts School of Law at Andover
Don Macaulay – President and Founder – Law Preview
Gary Young – Attorney and Author of Law School Ninja