Preparing for law school is not a matter of packing the right school supplies. It is a matter of having the capacity to pack your mind with information, retaining and using it to the best of your abilities. If you are looking to enter the world of lawyering, let us here at The Center for Legal Studies list not what you’ll need at the first day of class, but what you should already have the moment you sit down to take the bar examination.
Here are the first three core skills, values, knowledge, and experience your legal education should provide you, as outlined by the American Bar Association:
- Problem Solving
Analysis is the cornerstone of law practice. Your career will revolve around sifting facts, comparing them, and determining which holds more water. You need to be able to think in and out of the box with ease, as every case demands a perspective that is efficient, learned, and true.
- Critical Reading
We won’t sugarcoat it: there are several libraries’ worth of reading for you to power through. Law students have to spend most of their days reading, understanding, and remembering the law and the academe’s insights on it. You will learn techniques that make this process much easier, but nothing is better than having the discipline to allow yourself to take the law to heart straight from the pages.
- Writing and Editing
Building a case is no one-sitting matter. It is an act of building in every sense of the word. Having absolute command of every tenet of the law pays off here. You should be able to write immaculate reprocessing of the law without breaking a sweat, but definitely taking a few breaks.
These are the skills you will develop while studying law, carrying over to your practice and your daily life. Problem solving, critical reading, writing, and editing skills benefit people in any manner of profession. For us law practitioners, they are imperative abilities—one that determine whether we are fit to influence legal decisions and facilitate the delivery of truth and justice in the world.