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Procrastination: Sorry, didn't get it done!!!

By Tyler Larsen

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I'm making another shout out to a reader who suggested that I talk about Procrastination. Undergraduate work is more likely than not easier than Graduate course work. A typical B average student at my undergrad never stepped in the library. I personally worked 40 hours a week took 15 hours a week of school. I pulled a decent GPA without too much sacrifice. But this is impossible to do in Law School.

Law school is demanding. There are 20-page-plus reading assignments and papers to write. There is no way to be the elusive top 15% if you don't keep a schedule and plan out assignments. You can not procrastinate. If you start a research project early it frees up time for other more rewarding things. Get started early, everyone in your class has a similar project or paper to write. Chances are that you will most likely need the same book that everyone else needs. Those special books sometimes go missing. It happened to our class on our last assignment.
I suggest that a student approach assignments as if he is an actual lawyer with a client. Imagine yourself in this position. I'm pretty sure employers are not looking for associates that put off an assignment till the day before. That's a pretty good way to get caught with your pants down around your ankles. The opposing party and judge won't take procrastination for an excuse.

So my advice USE A SCHEDULE!!!. Plan Ahead and be that budding associate!

Full post as published by Law School Survivor on November 04, 2007 (boomark / email).

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