Law School vs. Undergrad
How does law school differ from undergrad?
Become a Lawyer Answer:
Law school is different from college in several different ways.
1) The classes. During your first year of law school you will be divided into groups of students (often referred to as "sections") and you will take all (or most) of your first year classes with those people.
2) The learning style. Law school professors generally use some form of the socratic method of teaching. This is a style characterized not by the professor lecturing, but by the professor asking students questions, and the students learn from how the professor directs the line of questioning (though most law school professors today will at the end of a line of questioning give the students a clear answer).
3) The learning method. Law school classes are setup with the case law method. What this means is that assignments are to review and analyze cases on a specific subject. In class the socratic discussions and questioning will focus on the assigned cases. Skills in reading comprehension and critical thinking come in handy here.
4) The grading. Most classes in law school (especially first year classes) grade on a curve, which means that a certain number of students are required to fail the class. Your grades are not based on several tests, but are in fact based on one final exam.
5) The people. Remember that once in law school you have basically increased your level of academic competition. Everyone at your school will be intelligent and competitive, and this can be further magnified by the fact that the professor is required to fail a certain percentage of the class.
6) Third year of law school. This is the year where you are generally able to choose any class that might interest you. The majority of your time should be spent networking and locating the best job for you.
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