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  1. I love the book Stand so I will definitely want to get it and I might use the earplugs in the library but I like to here what’s going on around me because it’s very hard to not listen to what is going on around you and it freaks me out. πŸ€©πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜ŠπŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©πŸ€©β˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈβ˜ΊοΈπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜πŸ˜€πŸ˜…

  2. When I took the LSAT this past February, the young lady next to me used earplugs. Then I thought, Genius! And it really is. I will buy some before the semester starts. Thanks!

  3. Honestly, I just keep my phone set on β€œdo not disturb” between 11pm and 7am. Only emergency calls from my favorites list will get through.

    Also, I chose a really calm alarm tone so I don’t get shocked awake.

  4. I would have never thought about the book stand or the butcher paper! Great ideas!! I am heading to law school in the Fall!

  5. I have a few questions regarding repayment of loans for Law school. Is there a way I can email you or should I just post the comment here? Also, I love your videos even though I haven't even started my undergrad so thanks πŸ™‚

  6. I’m actually surprised that earplugs are allowed during law school exams. For some reason, I was under the impression that they were not allowed during the LSAT.

  7. You just said on the previous video to use westlaw and not buy anymore casebooks and now you say we will need our casebooks!

  8. i pad book stand is amazing! i would add dark curtains. blocks out the light in the room so you can sleep. sleep is good before exams

  9. Never knew about butcher paper! The dry erase boards are my FAVORITE something about standing up and writing helps me learn and it makes me feel liberated for some reason just makes me feel really good! I am a huge fan of learning on dry erase boards I’m obsessed, lol

  10. Good stuff. The ear plugs? Often your brain just dials up to listen (I've got gun range level ear muffs. I can follow a conversation through them.) Try earbuds, if they don't work then I would suggest earbuds, but instead of your favorite music, have a some Mozart, Bach, Chopin tracks. If these classical composers are your favorites? Still okay. Don't get ersatz classical music or Muzak, Elevator music– that's just insipid and you end up being distracted trying to 'name that tune' being melted. YouTube has some 3 hours of Bach, etc. study videos that are good too.
    Part of any discipline is a regular sleep pattern. I always get up at 5, even on those days I then go back to bed to sleep in. To consistently fall asleep when you want, I think white noise is much better than earplugs. , but watch out for the bad, noticeably repetitious stuff. The apps I checked about 5 years ago were all like this, maybe they're better now. EcoTones machine I've had for ten years. Also good for falling asleep is an audiobook, something you've read, something good. Eventually I've found I begin to focus in on it, enjoying it even more; but it's no longer good for falling asleep. Whiteboard, butcher paper. A good whiteboard 2×3' is the missing component of your computer. I'm good with graphics programs, database, spreadsheet, word processing; they just don't do what a white board can do. I make too many 'skipped step' errors to be able to use butcher paper, meaning I'm listings the first four things so I can get to the next 4 I need to work on. I forget a step…Another good thing to do is once you've sorted out your whiteboard diagram, take a photo of it, but maybe make a neat copy on butcher paper. If you're in a study group and your handwriting sucks, get a digital projector. After you've whiteboarded, type out the sections on your word processor. Use a font like Chalkboard, then project the text onto the butcher paper and trace it. Sounds like a lot of work, but you quickly get really fast. If you have blocks of text arranged in a circle on your whiteboard, then just move the paper around instead of trying to lay it out on the computer. (I find that a lot of this additional work helps me remember, makes it easy for others to read it, but all this might not work for you. Also I did a lot of this as a school teacher, so it might not be relevant to law school.
    The earplug behavior mod? That's a good tip. Are their any recordings of final exam room noise?

  11. These advises apply not only to law school, but to any other academic field either. I am an engineering student, but we face very similar problems as you described. Also as a side note, as a true engineer, I never trust a single piece of technology to wake me up, I always put on alarms on two separate devices.

  12. You don't have to have internet enabled on your phone to use it as an alarm lol.

    That being said, I also have a sunrise alarm and it's actually magic. Never feel shitty waking up, even after just 4 to 6 hours of sleep.

  13. I'm a physician assistant and find your videos fascinating. Most lawyers I see around the hospitals give your field a bad reperation.

  14. Interesting thing is, I'm not a lawyer, or even law student, but this channel brings an inside point of view of some things that are just so interesting to know that I'm addicted to it.

  15. Those fold-able book-stands are invaluable in other fields as well. Actually, just about all these reccomendations are applicable to any rigorous field of study.

  16. Thank you so much for making these videos! My mentors are helpful, but I think they don't remember to tell me about these kinds of details. Thank you thank you!

  17. I'm not a law student. I'm a engineer student and still find your videos interesting and helpful. I always tried to find empty classrooms to write on boards. But now I'll take your tips and the earplugs genius, even the library gets noisy at times. You are awesome!

  18. …but how do you hear your alarm? o.O
    That sunrise alarm could be problematic for those who sleep on their stomach or for those who may nuzzle their face in the blankets as a reaction to it.

  19. He's wrong about the reason not to use your phone as an alarm. The actual reason is that a phone isn't going to have enough volume to wake someone up without an external speaker and that means they will be late for school.

  20. I used to sleep with this chick who was summer interning at Cravath. I'm not an attorney, so when she told me and expected a big reaction… well I had no idea. In any event, while I have a strict rule not to do social stuff with any screw-buddies, she needed a date for their summer picnic. The firm rented out the zoo at Central Park. It was pretty sweet….

  21. I have nothing to do with law, in a COMPLETELY different profession that I absolutely love, and yet. Yet I'm here, obsessed with your videos and advice for law students.

  22. Do you have any recommendations for a lawyer from another country that wants to practice in the U.S.? Not necessarily on litigation.

  23. I noticed you speak of a physical calendar in the video, but list Butcher Paper instead on the video info. I like the suggestion of both… but maybe remove the Butcher paper on this video, replace it with calendars, and then make another things to buy video, and be sure to include the butcher paper in it. I hope this didn't sound rude to say, I am just a fan of your channel and am offering a suggestion I hope helps you. Keep up the great work.

  24. You just gave me an idea. People have told me that test centers can get loud and distracting. Can I wear ear plugs while I take the LSAT?

  25. I set a daily "do not disturb" function on my phone so I don't have to deal with notifications over night. I like to use my phone as an alarm because since it doesn't bother my wife as much when it's in vibrate mode.

  26. About the alarm, I do use my phone but I disable wifi and data. I also put it face down just in case. During the day my phone is on quiet but buzz mode, after 6pm I put it in quiet no buzz mode.

  27. Those dislikes are people who wasted their money.

    Not to be rude or anything. Just want to make conedy.

  28. I have a separate alarm (it is a radio at the same time, so the radio turns on and wakes me up) for more than 10 years. Used it through high school, college, and now that I work as a teacher!

  29. can't just not say it.. what abt i put on ears plugs for a good sleep and miss out on class next morning cz the alarm couldn't get through the ear plugs. πŸ™‚

  30. I have that exact book stand and sunrise alarm clock. I also use ear plugs and calendars all the time.
    These tips are extremely good!

  31. I bought the first one my freshman year of university from a video from a law student's recomendation, and it has probably been my best buy, I've been usining it for about 3 years now and im extremly glad I bought it then, especially for how cheap it is.

  32. Forget law school. This would have come in handy when getting my bachelor's school. Still useful if I go for my Master's.

  33. not a law student but I would recommend getting a fountain pen especially if you do a lot of physical note taking/writing. Pilot metropolitans are very good workhorse pens that only cost $10 and can work on non-fountain pen paper. It writes smooth and feels like a more expensive pen πŸ™‚ Plus you would be saving money using a fountain pen and not disposable pens in the long run and not polluting the environment with more plastic!

  34. YouTube made you too famous for you to ever be my lawyer. OR maybe I need to imagine greater crimes! Not really πŸ™‚

  35. Hi D, I have a suggestion for a video about a day/week in the life of your job specifically. How you prepare for a case, how you fit in time for taking care of yourself, how you juggle multiple cases.

    Also, have you ever taken a case that required you to go against something you valued, but your dedication to serving your client outweighed that? You seem to have a lot of integrity, so it would be interesting to know how you would handle that.

    Loving the channel and your earnest approach to helping people out.

    Happy Holidays,

    -Oliver

  36. Hey could you do a video on the books behind you or say the standard huge sets of volumes seen at least on TV series practices or in them I should say? I figured out one commonly seen is "American Jurisprudence: Proof of Facts" either 2d (2nd edition) or 3d which came out around It hink 2010, being the newest. Huge volume goes for around $3,000 or so for all the books. Yet just knowing that doesn't quite tell me what the books contain, or what they're used for. Thanks.

  37. i'm not a law student and have no plans to go back to school any time soon, but all of these items are useful in so many other fields. i'm a payroll accountant, and i swear by my paper calendars. and i like that sunrise alarm; it could help with seasonal affective disorder. (and book stands are useful with cookbooks.)

  38. Thank you LegalEagle! The Sunrise Alarm is what I needed to get through the horrible transition of Daylight Savings Time!

  39. I love the fact of the " physical calendar" yes. Lead, ink, paper are the basic means. Captains Log, Diaries, and notes give a tangible and physicalΒ  history for many to follow

  40. I swear law school is like ship life. Writing on the windows is a classic move. We write the next turn on the windows so we can keep our eyes staring out the windows and not miss our turn. No I am not making this up. I have also done onboard on the window. Just be sure to put an eraser on the sharp point of your compass

  41. Ear plugs while seeping, yes I have also done this because I was stationed on an aircraft carrier and… well I slept on an airport is what it was. 1 problem I had was the alarm clock. I would tend to over sleep because I could not hear it.

  42. Objection! You're not going to wake up next to a cute girl like that one, smiling back at you, and get started on practice exams without "cross examining" her first, if you know what I mean, unless you're some kind of inhuman law robot!

  43. My daughter is 12 and is very interested in being a lawyer. She actually watches your channel and might see this comment too!

    What would you recommend she do at a young age to prepare? She loves volunteering at teen court as a lawyer.

  44. I started with one alarm clock. I used to turn it off while still half asleep, and fell back into bed. So I bought a second alarm clock and put it on the opposite side of my room. I eventually bought a third alarm clock for the same reason.

  45. Side note… Wearing ear plugs every night dramatically increases your risk of ear infection, compacted earwax and other issues. Use with caution or get over the ear active noise cancelling headphones.

  46. Engineering student here
    In the words of Muhamid Ali
    "It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe.'

  47. A couple of important notes:

    1) On the earplugs. If you do wear them every night, be very sure to also clean out your ears (not with q-tips). Use the water from taking a shower to help clean the inside of your ears. Your ears are constantly pushing wax out, and ear plugs actually block it in and interrupt the process. Daily cleanings (or near daily) are very useful to help prevent any wax issues.

    2) On the phone. If you are too cheap to buy a separate alarm, look at the settings on your phone for a "night time mode". IOS definitely has this, and I am about 99% sure Android does too. The tl;dr is that you have a set time that notifications are disabled. Mine are from about 9PM through 6AM. While I generally sleep far less than that window, I like to have a buffer in case I go to bed early, or wake up a bit later. Keep that on, and consistent. Also, if you're bringing your cell/tablet/etc into the bedroom – *do not use it*, either one, at all during the time in the room. Personally, I still use my cell as an alarm, but I just keep it charged on my nightstand. Also, in the morning, when I get up, I do not check my cell phone (outside turning off the alarm) while in the bedroom. I leave the bedroom first, then check my phone. Bedroom is for sleep, only sleep, and nothing but to sleep (so help me sleep?)

  48. Occasionally local newspapers sell the β€œend rolls” of paper for very cheap, it is thin paper however it’s quite useable. πŸ™‚

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