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7 Things you Need to Know if you are Going to Study Law

7 Things you Need to Know if you are Going to Study Law

So you made up your mind and decided to study Law at the University, but you still want to know what it takes to make through this incredible career. Maybe you already have heard some stories from your family or friends, or even in some movies, so let’s see how accurate these stories are:

1. You will read a lot

Maybe this is the scariest of all so let’s put it in the first place, it is difficult to say how much reading a law degree takes, but be prepared because you will have to read a lot of books. So we hope you have this habit strongly with you because you will need it.

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2. There will be a lot of frustrating moments

As you learn some of the law topics at a time you may not understand one entirely until you’re done with the next one. This is a very normal thing to feel, like if you are in the dark at first, but don’t let this worry you because universities organize the courses so that the first year exams at least can be understood easily on their own.

3. You will be asked for a lot of legal advice, even if you don’t want to give it

This is a little ironic, but the more studies of law you know, the less confident you will be in definitively stating what the legal position in a certain area is. You will focus on the more controversial and uncertain areas of law so it will be easy to forget that some will be actually very easy. So there will come a time when you will feel like a district attorney and start getting a lot of requests for legal advice that you just won’t feel comfortable giving!

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4. There will be fascinating topics that you didn’t think will be

Here is one that will push you to pursuit this wonderful degree, and it’s absolutely obvious that you will enjoy some topics you didn’t think were interesting. Find this interesting element in everything that doesn’t appeal much to you, there will always be one. Try and make everything look interesting, that’s the key. And about the rest, well just resign yourself that you have to learn it well to complementize your whole studies. You can but it will be a lot more of the fascinating stuff, that’s for sure!

5. Get involved gently

You can get into the lawyer’s environment and learn a little bit more each time, people can share information on legal cases, courthouses around the country, events, and conferences and more. This way you will prepare yourself, surrounded by professionals and real situations.

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6. You’ll do a lot of online research too

This can be something good because nowadays law students don’t have to spend hours sitting at the library and searching for the right book, now they can find some very good legal and law online pages in the web. This makes the work a lot simpler, but always look carefully for your references and make sure you are collecting your info in a professional site. You can contact lawyers in that kind of sites, who kindly will accept helping you with your work. So track some good online options that can make your work a little easier.

7. Being a law student is going to be exactly what you wanted it to be

There is no single ‘law degree experience’; choose well in making your priorities over the three-year period, just make sure you take your time for work. Like every subject at college, studying law has its positive and its negative sides. But, if you’re interested in the subject and you have the ability to motivate yourself, why not give it a go and spend three, or four years studying this fascinating degree that will definitively leave you with a lot of satisfactions.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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