• Law School

    Make the Grade: How to Improve Law School GPA

    One of the reasons breaks aren’t so fun during law school is because you’re often waiting for grades to drop. By now, most of those in school have received at least most of your grades for first semester. And the reaction is either a stomach-churning YAY! Or a stomach-churning oh no. Both responses require further action because regardless of how your grades shake out, law school is not a beast that lets you rest on your laurels. But, today I want to focus on those that had the “oh no,” response.  You may not be super pleased with your grades because they seem average. Maybe you’re used to rocking it…

  • Law School,  Legal Practice,  Work Life Balance

    Be a Goal-Digger: Setting and Achieving in 2017

    I remember checking my first semester law school grades and thinking, “hmmm, not great.” Surprisingly, I did not have a freak out when my grades were not so fantastic. And although I tried to alter some things second semester, I still didn’t seem to get it. It wasn’t until I completely revamped my studying style that everything finally clicked into place and it was smooth-sailing/dean’s list from then on, thankyouverymuch. But think of all the time I wasted my second semester because I didn’t realign appropriately. Instead, I should have taken the gift of a “fresh start” to make real changes in my study habits. I try to do that…

  • Law School

    Journey to JD: When You Fail Law School

    Law school is hard. Everyone knows that, but it’s not just hard academically, it’s difficult on an emotional level. Students are used to being the smartest in the room and we’re stripped down and re-structured so that we can think like a lawyer. This teaching model was very much created with one type of student in mind. When we are not like the “typical” law student we can struggle mightily to succeed. Today we have a guest post from J, a current law student, who wants to share that struggle with us. I think it’s important for us to see the grit, determination, and fight we often have to do as…

  • Issues,  Law School

    Great Grades, Now What?!

    A few weeks ago we talked about steps to take when you receive not-so-great grades in school.  The likelihood of not doing as well you expected is very high in law school for various reasons.  But that’s not to say that no one will do well.  In fact, I know many Latinas students (both current and former) that excelled in school and that is worthy of acknowledgement!  Aside from recognizing the fruition of hard work, there are still steps you have to take to ensure that you continue on a successful path. When I was in school, a friend earned very, very, very good marks, but was at a loss…

  • Law School

    Not so Great Grades and Law School

    Grades are in for many people, and others are anxiously awaiting the final verdict.  Today’s post isn’t very happy because it’s about dealing with the aftermath of not-so-great grades (“NSG grades”).  First,  NSG grades happen, so please don’t be too down on yourself.  Remember that law school is usually graded on a curve, and it’s based on one anonymous test graded by one person.  This one grade doesn’t signify your worth or your capabilities in school, or as a future attorney. But unfortunately, the reality is that many people will not get the grades they expected, and for all those usually straight-A students, these grades may be the worst you’ve ever earned.…