Law Students need to read daily in law school to succeed!

One of the first things that prospective law students hear about is how much reading is required in law school. Law students read every day. It’s not a secret that law schools need a lot of reading. It’s a significant part of becoming a lawyer; therefore, it’s only reasonable that it’s a big part of the law school experience.

Reading for law school is a talent that gets better with time and practice. Organization is a crucial part of the law students’ day. It is good preparation for their future career as an attorney.

How many books do law students read?

Books in library

Law students read daily. They must read at least 45 textbooks in eight distinct bar exam disciplines from their first to the third year; civil law, taxation, remedial law, commercial law, political law, property law, criminal law, legal ethics, and labor law. Even with all of the work, instances of inability to answer questions from academics and bouts of embarrassment are not unusual.

How to manage your readings in law school

Law School requires a lot of reading and can be time-consuming. It’s difficult for a law student to keep up with the massive amount of weekly reading assignments, especially administrative law, which requires a great deal of reading. 

Most law students feel compelled to have things down to a T during the first few weeks of law school because they are afraid of cold calls. Fortunately, this emotion fades fast and does not return until just before your Fall semester final exams. It would help if you had a professional attitude in and out of class. Showing up early for class and other meetings, keeping your promises, and continuously producing your best work are some of the attributes your professors expect from you.  

It would help if you found a strategy to handle those bothersome readings beyond the first few weeks of law school, or you will go insane spending all of your time preparing for class. This article will discuss what a week’s worth of reading assignments entails for law students and some tips for dealing with a heavy law school reading load.

Practice active reading

When many students started law school, they quickly realized that their reading abilities were not up to par. Active reading is just reading anything with the intent of comprehending and evaluating its importance to your unique requirements. Passively reading and rereading the content is ineffective for understanding and learning anything (especially in law school). Engaging with the text actively and critically the very first time you study can save you a lot of time in the long run.

The greatest thing you could do was urge yourself to read it as quickly as possible while still studying and absorbing every word. Your attention shouldn’t wonder if you drive yourself to speed up and concentrate on the topic.

 

  • Make a list of pre-reading questions for yourself. For instance, what is the content, and what do you know about it already? Why has this reading been given at this time in the semester?
  • Any unknown words in your notes should be defined and identified.
  • Put a notation next to the key topic or theme of the reading and bracket it. To find this information, concentrate on the introduction or first few paragraphs.
  • Set your highlighter aside. Instead, make marginal notes or comments. Whenever you need to highlight something, instead write it down. You can sum up the text, ask questions, agree or disagree vehemently. You can also make a list of keywords to assist you in remembering where significant topics are mentioned. Above all, rather than simply underlining, try to engage with the material.
  • In the margins, write questions and answer them in your notes. Replace all titles, subtitles, sections, and paragraph headings with questions. “The Law of Gifting Personal Property” could be renamed “What are the laws for gifting personal property?”
  • Create flowcharts, diagrams, or outlines to help you map and understand ideas clearly within your reading notes.
  • Carefully read each case and discover “what it does” and “what it says.”. In your own words, express the case’s primary idea. To respond to the question “what it does,” explain the case’s goal within the section—why is this case significant? Why is it included in this section of the book?
  • In your own words, write a synopsis of a chapter or section. In less than a page, complete the task. Take notes on the most important concepts and one or two relevant examples. This method ensures that you understand what the reading says or is about and provide a summary of the reading.
  • You get about two to three new cases per class during the regular school year. However, you will take academic support classes early and special legal writing to teach you to read cases and analyze data quickly. You will also study how to perform legal research, structure your arguments, recognize legal concerns, and apply current legislation.
  • Based on the reading, prepare your exam question.
  • Teach someone else what you’ve learned! Teaching is one of the best methods to learn, according to research. If you try to describe what you’ve been learning aloud, you’ll rapidly realize what you know and what you don’t. Before class, get together with friends and teach them about the case or a legal word from the reading.

Take notes

Taking notes will keep you completely involved in the material as you practice active reading. The following are some of the most effective ways for actively reading: include the section’s main points, any laws discussed, majority/minority rules, public policy rationales, meanings for any phrases or words you don’t understand, and case summaries for each case in your reading notes.

Use different colors for your reading notes and class notes. Because of the colors, you’ll be able to tell what information came from the book and what came from the lecturer in class when you want to study again.

Make a strategy 

Make a schedule for your reading. Before taking a break, select some pages or a “chunk” to read. Make a note of this. This way, you’ll have a predetermined break time, which will help you focus and get through the dedicated reading segment because you know there will be a brief break at the end. If you don’t do this, you’ll find yourself reaching for your phone every few pages, and your studying will take twice as long as it should since you’ll be so distracted.

Also, figure out when you’ll do your reading during the week. On Sunday evenings, you can read for your Monday and Tuesday courses, and on Monday morning, you can read for your Wednesday and Thursday courses. You won’t have to worry about fitting your reading into your schedule because you’ve already planned it in your weekly schedule.

Know the right atmosphere to study 

It will help you study more effectively if you know what time you are most productive. Schedule your reading for the morning if you know that’s when you’re the most alert and attentive. If you’re a night owl who doesn’t wake up until 10 p.m., you should read from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. If you have neighbors that always blast music in the noon, make sure you don’t schedule your reading for that time of day because it will be difficult to concentrate.

You are the best judge of what makes you the most active in terms of location. Some people choose to study in school, while others study at home. Some people prefer to sit at a quiet coffee shop, while others prefer to be outdoors. Do your reading wherever it is most convenient for you to stay focused. Use noise-canceling headphones or earplugs if you want complete silence when reading.

Revise before class

 Flip through the books, read your notes, and have your materials ready when class begins. Take at least ten minutes before class to revisit whatever reading you’ve done. This way, you’ll know where everything is in your notes, be more familiar with the content, and be prepared for any cold calls.

Do not fall into the reading trap

The basic idea is to spend one to two hours reading for every hour of class time. This varies; some professors give more than two to three hours of reading significantly, while others assign substantially less. It is, nonetheless, a good rule of thumb.

If you frequently spend more than two hours reading for each hour of class time, you have a problem that has to be addressed right away! Are you doing anything that requires a lot of time, such as reading everything twice or at least reading cases two times? Could you not do that; it’ll take too long? You can read a case twice, once in a blue moon if it’s particularly complicated or old, but don’t make it a habit.

Professors routinely assign optional supplemental readings from a casebook. Do you read the supplements before each class? If you find your accessories quite beneficial, you might want to continue reading one or two of them. However, it would be best to consider whether reading them is worth the extra effort.

You are not at a disadvantage, in my opinion, if you decide not to read the optional supplements.

Don’t be a Quimbee addict

Avoid dedicating too much time to your readings, but if you are a year one student, I strongly advise you not to rely on Quimbee to reduce your study time. If you don’t care about your grades, utilize Quimbee; why should you read at all?

Quimbee is an excellent tool for upper-level students who merely count down the days until they graduate, but it is highly detrimental to year one students. 

How many pages does a law student read daily?

Books

A standard year two or year three student probably reads roughly 50 pages each week for each lesson. This equates to approximately 200 pages a week. That’s around 80 pages every week, assuming four substantive classes. Divide by seven to get 11–12 pages daily for the first year and 28–29 pages daily for the second and third years.

Conclusion

Going to law school is a challenging process. It necessitates excessive energy, time, effort, and money. It is, nonetheless, a world of dreams and aspirations. It’s a place filled with passion, optimism for the future, and a desire to see justice served.

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