How to Finish Top of Your Class?

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Mr.Esquire
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How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby Mr.Esquire » Sat Oct 12, 2013 3:14 am

I would like to get some insight from those who have graduated top of their class or even top 3% on how they achieved such.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby helfer snooterbagon » Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:48 am

There are a ton of guides on here touting paths to success. None are identical. There is no magic formula.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby hephaestus » Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:26 am

So in your posts you claim the following:
You have a 3.1/171 and ask where to apply
You are practice testing in the mid 150s and hope to get 170s, but state you're not taking until June 2014.
You are doing a judicial externship this semester and are looking for something for the spring semester (which implies you're a 2L).
You now want advice on how to do well in law school.

Care to clarify?

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A. Nony Mouse
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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby A. Nony Mouse » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:01 am

I think he's doing the internship as an undergrad.

OP, that is a huge question to which there is no guaranteed answer, since if there were, everyone would finish top of their class (which is, of course, impossible). As noted, read through the many guides on this site (look at the stickied posts at the top of the various forums). Also, wait until you're actually accepted to law school before you start asking how to be top of your class.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby stillwater » Sat Oct 12, 2013 10:52 am

Be good at law exams. Be prolific and apply law to fact.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby TheGreatFish » Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:18 pm

In my experience, strong writing ability is a substantial help. I had poor study habits in law school, but I was a pretty good writer and I managed to place in the top 10% of my class every year.

I also studied with quite a few people who knew the law far better than I ever did, but because they were such atrocious writers they were always struggling to maintain decent grades.

If you want to finish at the top of your class, you should start working on your writing.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby shock259 » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:16 pm

Read all the TLS guides. Blend the information. Find something that works for you. Do lots of practice tests. Pray.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby dj_roomba » Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:45 pm

TheGreatFish wrote:In my experience, strong writing ability is a substantial help. I had poor study habits in law school, but I was a pretty good writer and I managed to place in the top 10% of my class every year.

I also studied with quite a few people who knew the law far better than I ever did, but because they were such atrocious writers they were always struggling to maintain decent grades.

If you want to finish at the top of your class, you should start working on your writing.


What do you mean when you say writing skill helps?
Do professors care about how well you write? Or is it more about how clearly you can convey an idea?

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby justinp » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:51 am

dj_roomba wrote:
TheGreatFish wrote:In my experience, strong writing ability is a substantial help. I had poor study habits in law school, but I was a pretty good writer and I managed to place in the top 10% of my class every year.

I also studied with quite a few people who knew the law far better than I ever did, but because they were such atrocious writers they were always struggling to maintain decent grades.

If you want to finish at the top of your class, you should start working on your writing.


What do you mean when you say writing skill helps?
Do professors care about how well you write? Or is it more about how clearly you can convey an idea?


Those are not different things. When people in law talk about good writing they mean precisely writing that clearly (and persuasively) communicates whatever it's supposed to communicate. It's not "how lovely is my prose," it's whether a prof who is grading each exam in the space of less than 10 minutes can read your exam start to finish and never have to sit and figure out what the heck you're trying to say, and (icing) whether they're struck by how clearly your writing shows your understanding of the law.

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Mroberts3
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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby Mroberts3 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:38 am

Don't forget to end each essay with "I AM THE LAW."

Professors love that.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby FKASunny » Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:40 pm

Mroberts3 wrote:Don't forget to end each essay with "I AM THE LAW."

Professors love that.

Also, don't forget to devote a large chunk of each exam to the intricacies of the writ system.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby Cicero76 » Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:01 pm

Go to Yale. I'm ranked first in my class and I've hardly worked at all.


(trolling because I assumed this was a troll thread)

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby IpleadtheFiF » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:11 pm

Mroberts3 wrote:Don't forget to end each essay with "I AM THE LAW."

Professors love that.


Almost. You have to write it as well as declare it when you finish your exam.

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby stillwater » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:14 pm

fill the pages with INNUENDO. professors are a saucy bunch

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North
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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby North » Thu Oct 31, 2013 9:23 pm

IpleadtheFiF wrote:
Mroberts3 wrote:Don't forget to end each essay with "I AM THE LAW."

Professors love that.


Almost. You have to write it as well as declare it when you finish your exam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGIgf-ICHM

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby Void » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:02 pm

Remember to write with absolute certainty. Like "A is definitely, inarguably liable for battery. There is no imaginable universe in which A is not 100% liable." Professors love that.

IpleadtheFiF
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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby IpleadtheFiF » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:01 am

North wrote:
IpleadtheFiF wrote:
Mroberts3 wrote:Don't forget to end each essay with "I AM THE LAW."

Professors love that.


Almost. You have to write it as well as declare it when you finish your exam.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuGIgf-ICHM


YES :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: How to Finish Top of Your Class?

Postby Nyclawyer618 » Fri Nov 01, 2013 1:20 am

Mr.Esquire wrote:I would like to get some insight from those who have graduated top of their class or even top 3% on how they achieved such.


Just make really good grades




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