Hardison & Associates Young Lawyer Tips #5

Every Tuesday a selected attorney of Hardison & Cochran will share tips that helped them through law school and their early career as a lawyer. These tips will range from advice on how to study for the LSAT, law school classes and the bar exam to how to handle a case load once you start practicing in your selected area. If you would like one of your questions answered about becoming a lawyer please e-mail us at wsc@lawyernc.com.

This week’s tip comes from University of North Carolina School of Law Graduate Jack Hardison.

You can study all you want. You can take all the notes you want. You can be the most dedicated student in your classes, but if you don’t have time management it will all be for not. Time management is essential for your success in law school. Start out with some of the following tips where you can manage your time efficiently from year one to graduation.

  1. Set aside blocks of time for study
    During the week set aside 50-90 minutes a night where you can go to a quite place and study on materials you covered that day in class. This will get your mind in a routine and allow for a solid study session. Those who do not have a set study time will find their mind wondering off to other subjects. If you just can’t do it for a 50 minute period. Set aside two 25 minute blocks of time with a break in the middle. Just make sure you get your studying in.
  2. Look at the big picture
    Checking out work everyday is great, but you may fall into a funk where you are just seeing daily assignments and not seeing the big picture in all that you are doing. Every Sunday night before you get back into the week check what you have done in class and then see what is coming up next. This will refresh your mind and also prepare it for the future. There is no substitute for being prepared. So take 20 minutes each Sunday to see if everything you are doing is pointing in the direction you want to go.
  3. Keep a calender
    This is a must. You will be swamped with work and even social events throughout the week. Take control of your time, assignments, social events, homework, etc. by keeping a calender of everything you need to do either on paper, computer or your phone. Time management starts with this step and ends with a dedication to making it happen. You can’t make it happen if you are just remembering what you have to do.

Try these out and you will find more time will become available for your own hobbies and interests.