The Importance of Study Groups

Law is a powerful tool for societal change and personal growth

No man is an island. There is a lot of talk and myths about the cutthroat environment that you can encounter in Law School. I cannot attest to that. When I came to Loyola, I felt welcomed. All my professors were extremely supportive, my colleagues were inviting and friendly, the staff was just phenomenal from admission throughout the semester.

I’ve observed how study groups have fostered amazing bonds among many of my colleagues throughout – not only the school years – but also after graduation. Personally, I’m a solo study person. I am a slow learner and I like to take my time with the research I need to really get the material.

I was never in a study group, but I paired with friends – especially for writing assignments. I had colleagues review my papers, give me feedback, guide me through Table of Authorities etc. I’ve received nothing but support whenever necessary, from both students and professors.

In Law School, practice is key. For example, my Civil Procedure Professor would offer to read our essays from the book and give us feedback, which was very helpful. I would usually stay after class and often go to office hours with questions that I had about the subject.

I would also re-watch lectures on the subjects, which was a great way to identify my strengths and blind spots.

Law School really is your reign. It’s the place to learn about the law and yourself. Whether with solo study sessions or study groups, you can experiment and see what works for you. The fact you will find support no matter what you choose is comforting and sets you up for success.