Take a Step Back and Reflect on Your Skills

Vol. 42 No. 9


Amy L. Jarmon, assistant dean for academic success programs at Texas Tech University School of Law, is a professor and coeditor of the Law School Academic Support Blog. She is the author of Time and Workplace Management for Lawyers which is published by the American Bar Association.

As another semester winds down, some law students will graduate and begin bar review. Rising 2L and 3L students will head for summer jobs, summer school, or study abroad. Now is an ideal time to step back from your academics and consider the important skills that you have learned. Those skills will assist you this summer.

Bar studiers can maximize the skills they already have. Graduates who took law school learning seriously should have the necessary skills to pass the bar on the first attempt. If they continue to work diligently in the coming weeks as they review legal concepts and complete practice opportunities, they will use their previously acquired skills to increase their scores and decrease their stress.

Much of the legal knowledge for the bar subjects will already be stored in long-term memory for those graduates who actively pursued understanding and application of the law during their coursework. Concepts should return quickly with review for these bar studiers. Graduates who crammed and, as a result, did not retain information will have to relearn concepts. If they carefully distribute their studying throughout the entire bar review, they should find the extra time for this relearning.

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