In my previous post, we discussed what the Socratic method is, why it’s used, and what makes it so scary. Unfortunately, just talking about WHY it’s so scary does not help you overcome your fears. So, let’s talk about ways that you can overcome this fear of the Socratic method and actually use it to benefit your law school experience.
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Previously on this blog, we’ve talked about how to best prepare for law school. There are a lot of things you can do before and during law school to set yourself up for success. But even the most prepared students will likely still find law school a challenge.
Time to talk about the thing that all law students fear before they even step foot in their first class: the dreaded Socratic method. You may have heard about it from a friend that went to law school. You may have been told it’s the worst part of your 1L year. But to overcome our fears of this, the first thing we have to do is understand what it is and why law students despise it so much. Sooooooo…what is it and why use it?
And now for our thrilling conclusion on the topic of maintaining a positive mindset in law school.
Are you just starting law school? There’s an app for that! In the past, new law students were taught that beginning law school meant investing in a few essential books and supplements. A good law dictionary, hornbooks, and casebook supplements were typically on every law student’s first semester shopping list. But now, rather than buying stacks of books, you can achieve the same levels of preparation through several apps made for law students.
This month we continue our focus on maintaining a positive mindset in your first year of law school. More specifically, we get into your first year mindset and how easy that can turn negative if you let it. These are some ways to refocus your mindset, even when your first year is getting to you.