August 21, 2012
Essential Life Skills for Law Students
All of us in academic success teach students the strategies that they need to perform the traditional legal study skills more efficiently and effectively: reading cases, briefing cases, outlining course material, fact-pattern-essay exam taking, multiple-choice exam taking, successful study groups, etc.
All of us also know that we teach our students essential life skills. However, our students do not always consider how very important those life skills are. They instead become focused only on grades in law school. They do not contemplate how life skills that apply to success in law school also apply to being better attorneys, friends, spouses, parents, and citizens.
Here are some of the life skills that I think we teach our law students to help them in everything they will do. The list is not in a particular order, and I am sure all of us could add to it.
- Time management
- Project management
- Stress management
- Preferences for learning
- Effective memory strategies
- Curbing procrastination tendencies
- Life-work balance
- Clarification of personal and professional goals
- Problem solving - academic and non-academic
- Evaluating strategies, options, and techniques
- Facing difficulties (and even failure) and moving forward
- Celebrating improvement and overcoming obstacles.
- The balance between relying on oneself and asking for help.
I want my students to succeed academically. But I especially want them to succeed as valuable human beings. (Amy Jarmon)
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