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3 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Final Year In Law School

Some critics have suggested cut off the third year of law school to reduce debt and make law school more appealing to potential applicants. Or, in the least, shortening it or making it practical-heavy. But for those of you 3Ls getting ready to start your final year, Marino Legal Academy offers three suggestions on how to get the most out of this year.
First, get a good job (if you don’t already have one). Duh. Most likely you’ve got some debt piled up and the best way to knock it down is to pay it off with a well-paying job or some sort of public sector job that will allow some loan forgiveness. Either way, securing the job should be a top priority in the final year if it already hasn’t happened.
Next, don’t forget about your GPA. Yes, the important classes are over. Yes, the bar is looming. And, yes, networking and job-hunting are incredibly important. But top jobs are competitive and hard to come by. Offers may (and probably will) be pulled with significant GPA and class rank drops.
Finally, make informed decisions about your bar exam preparation. In case you haven’t heard, the 2014 cohort of bar-takers didn’t do so hot. The 2015 results have yet to be released. Regardless, it’s time to choose your prep courses strategically. Marino Legal Academy suggests taking a few free prep courses early on from different companies to figure out which preparation style and company works best for you. They also encourage third years to find some additional courses—especially some in MBE-focused programs. Marino Legal Academy claims the MBE portion of the bar is the trickiest and accounts for about 50% of your overall score.
Source: Above The Law

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