How Law School Students Can Save Money

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Many law students live on student loans during law school. Money is tight.Money

If you are a law student seeking to save money, check out Brian Pedigo’s simple advice with tips that might benefit you: Student Loans: How to Survive on a Student Loan Budget.

Also, consider how to save money by buying your textbooks and study aids online.

Finally, keep in mind that good grades may also have a financial impact. Many schools offer scholarships for students with grades above a certain level. Further, often good grades translate into higher-paying jobs (read more on this here - Why Most Law School Graduates Earn Less Money Than They Expect). The point is, don’t disrupt your academic performance to save money, because it may cost more money than you save.

Does anyone have additional money saving tips? Add them here by posting a Comment.

Terms and Phrases New Law Students Must Know

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TermsNew law students encounter an explosion of new words and terms from cases, the law school environment, and the practice of legal research. I remember my first few weeks of school wondering if I would ever read a case without encountering a word to lookup in my pocket-sized law dictionary.

Would you like to get a head start on the first semester? Harvard Law School identified a few terms as ones you should know in your first few weeks of law school here: HLS Library: One-L Dictionary. Learn them before school and you will have a head start. Plus, you will be able to make more sense of what you hear during your first week.

HLS Library: One-L Dictionary is a short list. This is good because you can learn it quickly before school. Also, any attempt to create a comprehensive list of words that law students should know would become very long—and that is the purpose of dictionaries.

Law Student Computer Buying Tips: 3. Should Law Students Consider a Tablet PC?

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This is the third in a series of tips for new law students wondering what computer to buy for law school:

I’ve been curious about using a Tablet PC in law school. These are laptops that allow you to write on the screen and hold them like a tablet of paper. The Student Tablet PC blog discusses the benefits that Tablet PCs have for students in its Tablet PC FAQ.

If you have never seen one, here are some pictures of Tablet PCs and here are some screenshots of Tablet PCs in use.

I have never used a Tablet PC and I have never seen one in law school. However, a Tablet PC could be useful to law students in many ways. With a Tablet PC a law student could—

  • Download cases from WestLaw or Lexis and underline, highlight, or make notes right on the case
  • Draw diagrams the professor writes on the board directly into the law student’s notes
  • Easily make arrows from one note to another to show a relationship
  • Scan notes into your Tablet PC and easily flip between them and your notes

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Law Student Computer Buying Tips: 2. What Size Laptop Should I buy?

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This is the second in a series of tips for new law students wondering what computer to buy for law school:

Size can relate to many things, such as the size and weight of the laptop, screen size, memory, and hard drive space.

Size and weight of the laptop and screen size.
Since you will be carrying your laptop, the smaller the better. But since you may be using the laptop a lot, the bigger the screen the better. Obviously, you can’t have a small laptop and large screen, which means Read the rest of this Law Student article »

Law Student Computer Buying Tips: 1. Buy a Laptop

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This is the first in a series of tips for new law students wondering what computer to buy for law school:

Don’t buy a desktop computer. I’ve known a few students who have, and they regret not having laptops. Most of them end up buying a laptop anyway.

You need a laptop computer. You will want to take notes on it in class. You will want to bring your laptop to the library while researching and studying.

It is possible to survive law school without a laptop, or even a computer for that matter (because you can use computers in the library for writing papers), but students without a laptop have a serious disadvantage.

Does Law School Leave Time for Life?

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A new law student, JP, asked whether he will have time to continue his foreign language studies after starting law school. Read his complete Comment here: New Law School Students’ Most Common Questions. If anyone has other questions, please post a Comment. JP’s question is similar to something many law students wonder:

Question: I have some personal projects I would like to do during law school. Will I have time for them?

Answer: Probably not.

Law students are very, very busy. It is difficult to keep up with class readings. There is always more reading to do because the subjects covered in class are complex and deep. The competition for good grades drives many students to study any free moment they have (which is generally unhealthy). For this reason, most students either 1) don’t take time to do other projects, or 2) try to do the other projects and regret it because they feel overwhelmed or their performance in school suffers.

Priorities. However, students should consider what areas are priorities in their lives. Many law students maintain Read the rest of this Law Student article »

Save Money & Time by Buying Law School Books Online

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One way to utilize your time before law school starts in the fall is by buying your books now. Buying your casebooks online benefits you two ways:

  1. Save money by buying online, and
  2. get a head start previewing your books (more on this will be posted soon).

Shipping. Ordering online often requires 2-3 weeks for shipping, so give yourself plenty of time. If you buy right before class starts, you will probably pay full price at the campus bookstore.

Where. I’ve checked textbook prices on a number of websites. But I almost always end up buying from Read the rest of this Law Student article »

Why Most Law School Graduates Earn Less Money Than They Expect

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The news that big firms were increasing their starting-salary levels from $135,000 to $145,000 caused me to remember one of the biggest misunderstandings that new law students have, that is, that they will make a lot of money right after graduation. From TV to newspapers, we hear about how much money attorneys earn. However, what many people don’t realize is Read the rest of this Law Student article »

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