Sources of International Law and Their Implementation

What exactly is law, and how is international law conducted? Law is a set of commands, rules, and regulations that are set to govern a particular society. These commands should be communicated from one person to another to ensure that each and every person has a clear understanding. They are usually authoritative and are issued by an individual, body or an institution. International law on the other hand entails a set of commands widely accepted among nations to govern their activities e.g. international law on pollution that restrict certain acts among all nations that may lead to environmental pollution.

Sources of International law

Sources entail material and processes through which rules and regulations governing a specific society are developed. They have many factors that influence their development process ranging from political, social, and economical theories. These factors include:

1. The Statute of the International Court of Justice

According to article 38 of the statute that states that, the court should apply the following in deciding dispute-settling measures

– The international conventions that entails establishment of rules that are well recognized by all contesting states

– The international customs to represent the general practice and conduct usually accepted as law

– All general principles recognized by civilized nations

– The judicial decisions of qualified publicist of the various involved nations

2. Conventions and treaties

Treaties are agreement between two or more nations on particular procedures. They cover a wide scope of human life ranging from political, social, economic, and family issues. Signing of a treaty shows that the state accepts to comply with the treaties provision in good faith. They are usually voluntary undertaking which signify being bound to a commitment and creating reliance interest to related parties.

3. Customs as source of international law

They are accepted if; the behavior is widespread among states, practices are followed for an insignificant period, and if practitioners as required by law. They are many problems in deciding whether the customary law is widespread among states or has sufficient duration in time. This however requires that the application of customary law be tested to reconcile the universality of rights and obligations among states.

4. General principles of law

It is intended to incorporate the principles of law, which states that wrongs should have consequences, defendants, and claimants. They state that, whoever does wrong have the right to defend them. Therefore these principles are brought together to form a commonly accepted law.

The Law of Attraction & Your Truths

What is the secret of your truth? Your truths come from your experience but often times we accept as truth what somebody else has told us and we call it our own even though it has not been our experience. The law of attraction tells us that we bring into our lives that which we put our attention on. Your spiritual growth depends on this law.

My observation and my experience is that we, as individuals and also as societies of people, often fall into routines in life that do not always allow us to be the best arbiters of the truth. I am going to make a huge generalization here to give you an example of how we often allow the words of others to form what we call “our truth.”

This is just my observation and I have to generalize here so please take this into account as we take a look at what is often a typical day of receiving information and news and then calling it our truth without really experiencing it and knowing it as our truth.

You read the morning paper and eat your breakfast, then you get in your car and head to work. You turn on the radio that gives you a different voice telling you the same news that you heard or read before. This time with even shorter sound bites. This is what you are putting your attention on either consciously or unconsciously.

At work your intention is to do your job, so that is where you put your attention, consciously or unconsciously. You have been doing the same thing for so long that you can do it automatically. You are basically unconscious when doing the routine tasks involved with the requirements of your job. When was the last time you really thought about your job?

During breaks in your work time you converse with your fellow employees. The topic of today’s news comes up. Do you critically tell your own truth about what you listened to or read, or do you unconsciously spew out your version of the condensed interpretation that you were fed that morning just a few short hours ago? Shaking your head sagely as you regurgitate what you were told without any analysis or thought. Conscious thought, that is. Unconscious thinking allows us to repeat what we hear without analyzing it.

As you head home after your workday, you once again listen to the radio mindlessly as it plays music and news that is background noise to your musings. Your twenty-four day has already chewed up eight hours sleeping and about ten hours of waking, eating breakfast and lunch, commuting back and forth to the job site and a day’s work. As you get home, you have about six hours left before you retire to bed. Now remember, I am generalizing here.

Do you have a project or a hobby? Do you spend a couple hours in invigorating conversation? Do you spend some time preparing a nutritious meal for your family? Is it easier to pick up some fast food or order a pizza? Do you have the intention of being healthy, and therefore put your attention on that intention allowing thoughts of health to come to you? Is your physical wellness a priority in your life, or is it never consciously thought of during your waking hours?

It is time again for the evening news. This is real news time folks, because we get the local, the national and the international versions of the news. Our communicator of choice is the television, which allows the physical senses of sight and sound to be our interpreters.

Now we get full coverage of the stories with pictures and ten to twenty second sound bites. This is the real news. Or is it? It is still just somebody’s perspective on what they saw or heard, as told from the point of view that the network told them was the point of view they required as part of their job description. This is a generic kind of interpretation that can be targeted to people with an eighth grade mentality.

So once again, we put our attention on what the television has told us is the news. That attention brings us those thoughts that are associated with the news to the degree that we specify. We shut out thoughts that may be esoteric or require us to think about what we are thinking about.

Generalizing again, we can just listen to the words that are relayed to us via this plastic box with pictures and sounds and, without effort or cognition, we can shuffle the words and ideas we just heard into a file cabinet in our memory that stores them under the prevailing “belief system” we carry about whatever subject it is that we choose to use for this memory storage purpose.

We have just re-enforced our belief system in an effortless unconscious manner that we unconsciously tell ourselves is serving us. But is it really “serving us?” That is a question that needs to be asked and answered consciously. Are you truly serving yourself by unconscious analysis? Once again, a question that only you can answer.

The law of attraction tells us that we bring into our lives that which we put our attention on. It does not specify whether we are putting our attention on something consciously or unconsciously. The crux of the analysis here is that you can very easily be attracting into your life the very things that you don’t want by your unconscious attention to those things.

Start Your Legal Career Of Right – Earn Admission To A Top Law School

If you are a prospective to law student this article will give you the inside track to gaining admission at a top school. These questions should help frame for you exactly what we will accomplish together in this article. Are you investigating possible law schools to attend by looking at catalogs and visiting each school’s websites? Have you spent money buying guide books, school ratings magazines and other materials? How about time spent online searching for the perfect school? If you answered yes to any of these questions than you have already invested yourself in the process of finding the perfect school. Now, you’ll master the law school admissions process.

First, you will need to carefully consider which schools are right for you. This doesn’t mean the schools that are closest to home, the easiest to get into or the one where your girlfriend is going. Nor should your search focus on just finding the schools that you think will accept you. Chances are, even if you have a mediocre LSAT score and undergraduate GPA, you will still be able to get into some excellent highly ranked schools. Take the extra minute and try and find the school that is the best fit for you. Going forward this will pay you back with interest.

Your acceptance at a top law school will be based on a killer application that sets your skills, interests and desires out to fill a specific need of a certain law school. For example, your passion about public interest law might carry great weight at a school like CUNY, because they are a law school built are public interest law. Thus, getting into top schools becomes more about finding out what types of students your favorite schools are looking for and then positioning yourself to fulfill that need.

How do go about identifying these schools:

Search Google News about the school. See what news is coming out of the school. Perhaps, one professor is dominating a field your interested in or their mock trial team is winning on the national level. If you find interesting, news worthy things going on at the school and then tie into them, you’re giving yourself a great advantage.

You’ll also be able to do some comparative analysis. For instance, if one of your top choice schools doesn’t appear to be making news at all or at least regularly you may want to think twice about going there. If a professional school like a law school isn’t making news that is probably a symptom of a mediocre faculty and a body of alumni who aren’t very successful with their practice of the law.

Stand alone law schools, meaning those that are not part of a larger university or college system, also merit special attention. A thorough Google news search will help you find out exactly what is happening at that particular school. Is it scandal ridden? Does it have a new dean every few years? Are students suing the school? Stand alone law schools deserve your special attention because of all of these questions.

Thus, from something as simple as a Google news search you will have armed yourself with very important and valuable information. Keep copies of what you find and build folders for each of the school’s you are pursuing. Be sure to send away for school’s catalogs early enough to give you plenty of time to weigh all your options. Put these catalogs in the same folders. This will make your planning and ultimate decision making process a lot easier in the long run. Go back to the clip files often and review them. Which school do you most want to be associated with? Why? Have any schools lost any luster? You’ll reap the rewards from doing such a comprehensive search. Those rewards will come in the form of the identification of a school that really interests you and you will be armed with powerful knowledge that will assist you in writing an application that will really be of great interest to the school.

Collective Consciousness – The Most Powerful Force of Law of Attraction

Collective consciousness is one of the subjects of sociology. Homogeneous groups of people, whether of religions, ethnicities, political parties, or nations will tend to adopt shared ideologies or social standards that permeate and govern their attitudes and behavior. For example, most Americans consciously acknowledge and value democracy as the most favorable form of government. And within a large homogeneous group, there will be subsets of collective agreement that interpret or apply the shared ideologies or social standards in various ways, or from a different perspective, hence we have conservatives and liberals and independents. The size and strength of these subsets can rise and fade within the larger cohort as attitudes and sympathies shift and adjust due to various influencing factors, some of external causes and some from within.

One of the well-known ideologies of Ronald Reagan – “Government is not the solution to our problems. Government is the problem.” – appealed to a subset of our collective consciousness that made him one of the most popular presidents among political conservatives. Reagan’s ideology was often quoted in the most recent Republican primary campaigns as well as in the national presidential campaign. It is, indeed, a mantra of a conservative collective agreement. Someone might disagree with its ideological absolutism, but there’s nothing covert about this political view.

Even if its specific social and political implications are less than obvious, the notion that less government is better government is a clear, overt position, IF it is indeed consciously understood for what it is. We are more likely to change our conscious agreements, if we intelligently observe and evaluate the consequences of our agreements. As a nation, the electorate majority may or may not decide to support this supposition. As a result of the publicity surrounding the recent banking scandals, public opinion appears to have shifted back to a need for more governmental intervention and regulation.

Unfortunately, we are not always fully conscious. And if not, we may too easily allow ourselves to be triggered into our “survivalist” collective unconscious.

The collective unconscious is not the content of sociological science. First observed and defined by Carl Jung, we are most likely to hear it discussed in the realm of analytical psychology. Jung referred to the collective unconscious as “a reservoir of the experiences of our species.” He believed that the human species has an active unconscious code or instinct developed over many thousands if not millions of years and embedded deeply in our psyches. It is not that much different in its origins and function from the primitive survival instincts of other living creatures. Aggressive “survivalism” is basic to our most primal nature, well hidden just under our “civilized” conscious surface. When feeling fearful and threatened, we can be triggered and converted into hostile actions against differing members of the human race. Given perceived threatening events, it is not difficult to capitalize on our primitive collective unconscious and then to incite a vengeful collective agreement to support of an aggressive attack on the perceived threatening peoples, even against a society or country that posed no real threat. We have a lot of evidence of this aggressive nature throughout history, and many adroit and powerful leaders have exploited it to their own end. Adolph Hitler is viewed as one of the consummate masters of the technique.

The events of September 11, 2001 created a political opportunity to incite a revengeful collective consciousness that became the driving force behind our invasion of Iraq, the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004, and support for many of the Bush administration’s questionable policies. Since “9/11” and our county’s international response to the events of that day, many of us became, with increasing intensity, “news junkies”, and hence, drawn into an unfortunate and self-defeating collective agreement that triggered a deeper, more primitive instinct. One of George W. Bush’s stated campaign goals was to “unite the country”. And he did. With the complying assistance of a media that thrives on bad news, the Bush administration triggered our primitive, survivalist collective unconscious through the escalation of fear and desperation in order to create the political capital for the support of the “war on terrorism” as well as the justification for some of the re-interpretations of our constitution and our agreements with the Geneva Convention.

As with most Americans, my personal “addiction” to the political news reached its highest point of captivation with the 2008 presidential campaigns and election. In retrospect, my personal vigilance of our political situation was fed by the frenzy of speculation that permeated our news media. My personal obsession with politics over the past seven years was driven to a great extent by my increasing concern with the consequences of the pathological level of fear and desperation being imbedded more and more deeply in our collective consciousness.

Were we being conditioned to consciously accept and expect worldwide conflict? Were we becoming psychologically conditioned to accept, and perhaps take for granted our hostility and aggression toward anyone with a different collective consciousness? Were we being conditioned to win “the war on terrorism” at any cost, including the forfeiture of our country’s longstanding values and integrity, even our own personal rights and freedoms? Were we being conditioned to expect, even initiate Armageddon?

Most of the commercial media thrives on bad news, because its producers and sponsors understand very well how we feed on the drama and how well it sells the “good news” offered in commercial advertising. The election of Barack Obama reflected a shift toward optimism and hope. But it did not take long for the media to shift its focus from the Bush drama and begin its amplification of the slightest potential controversy or conflict or challenge within Barack Obama’s next cabinet appointment or the Republican opposition to his economic recovery plan. One of the most audacious and influential of the conservative media personalities has arrogantly declared his hope for Obama’s failure as our country struggles to recover from the abysmal legacy of the previous administration that he, the media personality, supported. And the rest of the media swarmed to the story like ravenous sea gulls attracted to a bloated beached whale.

Are we we fascinated with obnoxious people? Are hooked on bad news? Are we addicted to, even anticipating the drama of a catastrophic horror story? Do we unconsciously want the excitement of a bloody fight or even Armageddon?

To often it seems that just as we begin our recovery from one catastrophe, some part of our fascination with anticipating the next misfortune draws us into a gaper’s block. For sixty years of my memory, seemingly every opportunity was taken by some hysterical evangelicals to revive the “fear of God” in all of us by pointing to the prophetic biblical signs of the inevitable certainty and proximity of Armageddon. The present perception of worldwide woe provides no exception to this opportunism. The History Channel recently got into the act and aired a series of programs on the “signs pointing to Armageddon”. Even among some of my new age friends, there wafts rather quiet, almost whispered speculations of the implications of the end of the Myan calendar in December 2012.

And then there’s “The Web Bot Project.” Created in the 1990’s to help predict stock market trends, this powerful covert technology “crawls” throughout the Internet in search of keywords that trigger an analysis of the content of a given site. It then feeds this content into a mega computer that theoretically taps into the collective consciousness of our world. The project was intended to look for, analyze, and highlight “tipping points” on how the world market might move in the future. Interestingly, the operators of the project began to notice that the program was predicting more than trends in the stock markets.

In June of 2001, three months before the attacks of September 11, the Web Bot Project predicted that within the next 60-90 days there would be a catastrophic, life-altering event that would affect the world at large. The Project has predicted, coincidentally similar to the Myan Calendar, worldwide calamity near the end of 2012. Theoretically, the Web Bot Project made its predictions based not on objective events or scientific trends but on a global collective fatalism. It might be a temptation to blame the Bot Project prediction for potentially inciting hysteria through “digital hyperbole”. The mega computer of the Bot Project has no vested interest in creating panic. It is our collective consciousness, our collective consumption of catastrophic drama and hysteria that is driving the prediction.

Are we doomed by our own worldwide collective fatalism? Are we self-condemned to create our own Armageddon?

During the seven years that followed 9/11, the collective consciousness of the American people gradually shifted away from support of the war and the oppression of Bush administration. This shift was tipped by several factors, especially those close to home including the administrations botched handling of the devastation of hurricane Katrina. The long-term contradictions of the declaration of “mission accomplished”, the revelation and controversy of potentially illegal interrogation techniques, the apparent loss of our national integrity on an international level, and the blatant violations of the constitution and the law painfully wore thin on the American people. Ironically, our over-saturation of the continuous bad news appears to have overloaded our consciousness. Perhaps similar to the Schick Shadle method of aversion therapy, our collective frustration and exhaustion with our fear-driven survivalist aggression left a bad taste for more of the same. In its place was spawned a heightened desire for a positive, hopeful, peaceful change in direction. Barack Obama became a national phenomenon, a dominant collective agreement. This shift reached its summit in the 2008 elections, clearly evidenced by a record number of previously disenfranchised voters willing to stand in long lines for “torturously” long hours, not even certain they would make the polling deadline.

Fortunately, there is a lot more positive evidence that our collective consciousness has shifted. A majority of the American voters came to disapprove of the war in Iraq, and we voted in favor of change in the presidential election. Even with continuing bad news about the economy and intensified conflict in Afghanistan, there remains among the majority a sense of renewed optimism and hope for withdrawal from the war and our recovery from the economic recession.

I started writing this commentary a month before the elections of November 4. Looking back, it is remarkable how much my personal sense of wellbeing and hope has soared. The significance of the results of this election reflects a renewed consciousness that reaches well beyond its political implications.

As Barack Obama gave his victory address to a crowd of over 100,000 people in Grant Park in Chicago and his inaugural address to nearly three million in Washington, D.C., the television cameras captured the emotions of hundreds of faces. These were truly heart-warming, joyful images. Many cried for joy for the victory of hope over the oppression of the last eight years, but many tears were shed out of an overwhelming relief from the oppression of a collective agreement that once condoned legalized slavery and racial bigotry. This presidential election was the greatest conscious milestone for freedom and equality in this country since the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862-63. But even more significantly, the election of Barack Obama may represent the a significant shift in our collective consciousness, from our fascination with fear, drama, and dominance to a more positive spiritual alignment with nature, hope, peace, joy, acceptance, tolerance, and love.

Rhonda Byrne’s book and video, The Secret, first appeared in bookstores and online near the end of 2006. There appeared to be a coincidentally renewed interest in Wayne Dyer’s books and videos on The Power of Intention. Both received somewhat instantaneous attention. Oprah Winfrey interviewed several proponents and teachers of The Secret, making it the “talk of the town”. Almost immediately, everyone was talking about the power of attraction. Book and DVD sales skyrocketed. Law of Attractive support groups sprung up all over the country. It would be interesting to know just how many Americans created a “vision board” on their refrigerator doors or at the foot of their beds.

Less than two years after the release of The Secret in 2006, Oprah Winfrey co-produced an online study group focused on Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose. In A New Earth, Tolle exposes the pathology of the “collective ego”, and he points the way to a worldwide evolution of a new collective awareness. If we closely examine Jung’s collective unconscious and compare his observations with Eckhart Tolle’s collective ego and the pain-body, there are some striking similarities, the most significant among them the degree to which our collective thoughts determine our perspective and consequential actions.

The Law of Attraction, most simply put, states that “thought become things”. But our collective thoughts generate not only things but also our peace and prosperity. Our collective consciousness can create entire realities. It creates poverty or prosperity, harmony or conflict, peace or war, heaven or hell. Awareness and focused positive thought are the keys to the most joyful and fulfilling of what we create.

If we are to create prosperity, harmony, peace, and heaven on earth, we first must be believe that we can. And we must shift our focus, our awareness on prosperity, harmony, peace, and the state of heaven on earth – not on fear, despair and catastrophe. This is not Pollyanna. We do, indeed, create our own reality, and the collective conscience is the most powerful application of the law of attraction. Among my more spiritually focused friends, there’s considerable speculation about an evolving spiritual “enlightenment”, a “new hopeful consciousness”. The fact that someone as popular and “household” as Oprah Winfrey would risk here enormous success on featuring such controversial philosophy as that of The Secret or Eckhart Tolle’s “Power of Now” is clear evidence of some kind of significant shift in populous trends. This is our only hope for our recovery from the worldwide distress and the conflicts that threaten not only our peace but our survival. We must engage in a deliberate and conscious spiritual process; that is, it must come from the deepest part of our souls, from that part of us that is universal Spirit – our source of and connection with hope, peace, and love.

Chuck Jennings has over thirty years experience assisting individuals make successful and meaningful life transitions through wellness, self-esteem, self-confidence, and spiritual recovery. He has helped thousands of individuals define and achieve career goals. He practices a holistic approach to life coaching. He believes that transitions through life issues must be addressed on multiple levels, including the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual levels.

Life Coach Chuck is certified by the Life Coaching Institute and is a member of the International Coach Federation and a contributing expert to SelfGrowth.Com. Chuck has been awarded his B.A., M.A., M.F.A., and a Diploma of Life Coaching. He has forty years experience as a university professor in the arts, as well as fourteen years administrative and managerial experience in the academic environment.

Chuck enjoys the challenges and adventures of life lived to the fullest. At the age when most persons might slow the pace of their lives, Chuck considers his life the most exciting and interesting. At 59 years, he changed his career, and he took on a life-long dream to become an accomplished and skilled pilot. His optimistic confidence generously spills over into his practice as a life coach, encouraging his clients to pursue their passions and to never assume a dream as unattainable. His life and what he offers his clients are splendid examples of the power of the law of attraction.

5 Law School Tips For Entering Students

If you’re thinking about going to law school and you’re looking for some tips on ways to improve your chances of doing well, consider the 5 tips below. These are tips I’ve put together from my personal experiences in law school and the experiences of some of my law school peers.

Just because these tips have worked for us doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll work for you. Nonetheless, these are still pretty straightforward tips that will never hurt! Ultimately, you’ll decide what works best for you. Until then, consider the following.

1) Read The Assignments!
I know, it sounds really obvious, but it can’t be stressed enough. Read the assignments in their entirety!

You probably will not be surprised to learn that most law school reading assignments aren’t all that exciting. In fact, the reading materials for some classes are just downright awful. Nonetheless, you should read all of it. You will be surprised by how many of your peers don’t read or only read certain parts of the assignments. This gives the student who reads the entire assignment an automatic advantage. Plus, it’ll help you when it comes time for the professor’s Socratic method.

2) Don’t Fall Behind On Assignments
Piggybacking off #1, do not fall behind on your reading assignments. You’ll quickly find that it becomes nearly impossible to catch up after missing just one assignment. Page ranges for each class’ readings are anywhere from 35-70 (sometimes more and sometimes less) pages. Needless to say, the pages pile up fast.

Chances are pretty good that if you miss an assignment you’ll put off reading the skipped material until the very end of the semester, if you read it at all. You should avoid this! Also, if you skip an assignment, you’ll find it harder to follow along in class. You’ll essentially be relying on your professor to learn complicated new material while he/she teaches it to the class. Problem is, not all law school material is comprehendible on the first try (unless you’re extra smart), and not all professors teach the material clearly enough for a student without some background information to understand.

Best bet = don’t fall behind on your reading assignments!

3) Don’t Surf The Net (at least try not to!)
I can just hear some of my best friend’s saying it’s inevitable sometimes. Honestly, I’m not immune to it either. There are a myriad of reasons students surf the net during class. Not all reasons revolve around the professor. Sometimes you’ll be checking your e-mail, looking up sport scores, reading a news article, etc. The important thing to remember here is that you will not be able to pay full attention to both. Your class notes will suffer while you’re surfing the net. I guarantee it.

If you must check your e-mail, check it quickly. If you want a sports score, try waiting until the class is over or until your professor gives a class break. If you’re looking for news articles to read, just hold off. There’s usually nothing positive in the news anyway!

4) Make Your Own Outlines
You’ll hear the word “outlines” over and over again your first semester or two. Many students (myself included) will not even know how to start their first outline. Luckily, my school offered an Advanced Skills Program course that walked us through making outlines. If your school offers a similar course, you should consider taking it.

At some point, you’ll probably come across someone else’s outline. These are usually good to use as cross-references, but do not entirely rely on someone else’s outline (regardless of whether the author is first in his/her class!). No two courses are ever taught the same way. Different professors teach differently and sometimes use different casebooks. The same professor who taught the course last semester may decide to switch books or switch assignments in the next semester. Also, caselaw changes over time. There might have been some cases taught last semester that are no longer good law. If you rely entirely on the old outline, you’ll either get confused or you’ll remember the wrong material.

Another point to keep in mind is that by creating your own outlines you’re forcing yourself to study the material. Outlines take a very long time to complete. The good news is that you will inevitably start remembering a lot of the material you’re putting into the outline.

In addition, you’ll also find that certain concepts are clarified once you start working on your outline. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve floated through a class or two not understanding the material and feeling like the only student who wasn’t following along. Nearly every time, however, the material will become clear as day once I start putting it into my outline. Essentially, it’s a way of forcing yourself to write the course’s information into your own words. Such a practice will help you comprehend the material even better.

Try it out.

5) Don’t Cram!
Law school is different from any type of schooling you’ve done before. I have friends with MBAs and PhDs who say their respective programs weren’t as intense. It’s scary, I know. But, no worries-it’s still doable.

Let me just say that some of my best friends in law school are “crammers” and they have good GPAs (I personally don’t understand how, but it works for them). Thus, some people can still cram and do well. It’s also worth noting that one of my crammer best friends gets incredibly stressed out prior to final exams. On the other hand, non-crammers tend to be (at least it seems) much more at ease during finals. There’s a trade-off. You’ll learn where you fall after your first semester, but I still think your best bet will be not to cram.

Cramming in law school also tends to result in not being able to cover everything you’ve learned throughout the semester. Instead, you’re focusing on the major concepts and major cases. For the most part, that’s still good enough to pass a course. But, professors will tell you that sometimes the secondary concepts and cases will prove the difference between one grade and the other. Why not prepare in advance to increase the chances of earning the better grade?

Closing
These are just 5 law school tips that I’ve handpicked. I’m sure there are a bunch of other tips floating around on the web (it wouldn’t hurt you to read those too). As noted above, you’ll ultimately decide what works best for you on your own. Either way, make sure you work hard and then a little bit harder after that and remain focused on your studies. Law school isn’t easy.