Turn In All Your Work (A Simple Way to Get Better Grades)

Some law school classes base grades solely on one exam. However, as law schools change up the model (and even have more practical classes such as legal research and writing) more and more law school classes are requiring you to turn in work. This work may be part of your grade or go toward a “participation” percentage of your grade (and may even require you to post comments on a class discussion board).

It may seem simple, but you absolutely never, ever want to miss one of these assignments or neglect to turn in work.


It doesn’t matter! You still need to turn it in.  No matter what you think of the work or the participation requirement, your professor cares about it. Or she wouldn’t have assigned the work. And, if you haven’t figured it out already, law school competition is tight. The difference between an A- and a B+ can just be a matter of a couple of points depending on how tight the curve is. You never want to give up easy points for something like not turning in an assignment or forgetting to post to your class discussion page. Those could be the points that make the difference between the grade you wanted and the grade you got! (Don’t believe me? In my legal writing class second semester of my first year the difference between an A+ and an A was one point. Yup, one point out of hundreds.)

And you are right—not every assignment will be meaningful to you, but you will never know if you don’t do the work. And turn it in on time. My greatest annoyance working as an adjunct law professor is when a student turns in stuff late. It really hurts my professional perspective of him or her as a future lawyer. If such students don’t respect me (the person giving them a grade) and themselves enough to turn in a simple assignment at the time due, how are they going to function in the real world and represent clients?


I hate to break it to you, but judges and bosses will require you to do all sorts of tasks that you might not like or consider relevant. But it doesn’t matter; you still need to do them. A missed deadline (or turning in something late) can actually have catastrophic consequences for a client. So if you are someone who is bad about keeping up a to-do list or turning things in on time, use law school as an opportunity to get better. It will pay off when you are practicing law in the future.

Law school is hard enough! Don’t give up easy points that will prevent you from getting the grades that you want.

By Lee Burgess http://lawschooltoolbox.com/turn-in-all-your-work-a-simple-way-to-get-better-grades/


TJSL Library Mini-Classes

Using ThomcatThis class will show how to use our online catalog to locate print and online material in our library. August 27, 2014, Wednesday 11:30-11:45 am
Legal AbbreviationsF2d? ALR? CFR?  All Greek to you?  Learn what the abbreviations mean in citing to references. August 29, 2014,  Friday Noon-12:30 pm
Secondary material-TreatisesThis class will explore what treatises are and how to locate them online and in our library. September 5, 2014, Friday Noon-12:30 pm
Legal EncyclopediasWhat they are and how to use them.  September 8, 2014, Monday Noon-12:15 pm
Secondary Material-American Law ReportsExplore what ALRs are and how to use them. September 10, 2014, Wednesday 11:30-noon
Primary material-Locating a Case in print and Using a DigestFinding case law can be accomplished many ways.  This class will explore the options. September 12, 2014, Friday Noon-12:30 pm
 Primary material-Locating a Statute in printThis class discusses finding codes to help with research.


September 15, 2014, Monday Noon-12:30 pm
Databases: Hein Online and Onlaw (CEB)Become acquainted with two databases and how they can help with your research. September 19, 2014, Friday Noon-12:30 pm

These classes will be taught at the 4th floor learning center in the library by June Mac Leod, Reference Librarian and Adjunct Professor. These classes will help you understand basic research concepts discussed in legal writing classes. If these mini-classes conflict with your class schedule, please contact June Mac Leod at jmacleod@tjsl.edu. Additional classes, on other subjects, may be offered on an as needed basis.

What to Expect Your Second Year of Law School

What to Expect Your Second Year of Law School by UCLA Law School graduate and Blueprint LSAT Prep instructor Alex Davis.

If you’re a 1L right now, finals are probably about two months away. This means a couple things. Firstly, you’re probably lamenting the fact that you didn’t start outlining sooner. But who can blame you? We all know that no one starts outlining until after the finale of The Bachelor. Secondly, you’re no doubt wondering what you can expect when you return for your 2L year.

Read more at: http://blueprintprep.com/lsatblog/law-school-2/the-second-year-of-law-school-smaller-books-smaller-chance-of-hernia/


San Diego Law Library presents an evening with best-selling author (and practicing attorney), Scott Turow.


When: Tuesday, August 5th, 6:30PM at Qualcomm   Tickets: $17.28

Check-in and doors open at 5:30PM and seating is first-come first-served.
Please call the Warwick’s Book Department at 858-454-0347 for more information.

Related links: KPBS and Scott Turow on Facebook







Law School Prepardness

There are some basic areas of knowledge that are helpful to a legal education and to the development of a competent lawyer. Some of the types of knowledge that would maximize your ability to benefit from a legal education include:

  • A broad understanding of history, including the various factors (social, political, economic, and cultural) that have influenced the development of our society in the United States.
  • A fundamental understanding of political thought and of the contemporary American political system.
  • Some basic mathematical and financial skills, such as an understanding of basic pre-calculus mathematics and an ability to analyze financial data.
  • A basic understanding of human behavior and social interaction.
  • An understanding of diverse cultures within and beyond the United States, of international institutions and issues, of world events, and of the increasing interdependence of the nations and communities within our world.

read more from the American Bar Association




Top 10 Websites for Law Students


From the National Jurist (click on title)

And Top 9 from the Student Appeal (click title)