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I would like to get your opinion on online law courses?

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As I am starting my first year of law school, I don't want to just limit myself to lectures in the lecture hall. Also, I always have time to study, so I'd like to know what you think about online law courses. I want to broaden my experiences a little bit... I want to know more about what the professors are giving us at the university. I want to practice again and again because it's not easy to study law, especially in the first period.

I would like to have your opinion?

Thanks a lot.

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You're considering taking classes in addition to the full 1L course load you have? I don't think you will find anyone here that thinks that's a good idea.

48 minutes ago, HannaGrace said:

I always have time to study

If that's true, all of that study time should be put towards your 1L classes - the ones that count towards your degree and will have a direct impact on your ability to secure a job.

You're a week into the semester. By the end of October you won't be feeling like you "always have time to study."

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7 hours ago, HannaGrace said:

As I am starting my first year of law school, I don't want to just limit myself to lectures in the lecture hall. Also, I always have time to study, so I'd like to know what you think about online law courses (mod note link removed). I want to broaden my experiences a little bit... I want to know more about what the professors are giving us at the university. I want to practice again and again because it's not easy to study law, especially in the first period.

I would like to have your opinion?

Thanks a lot.

Take a long term perspective of your studies. You've got 3 years of law school, a bar exam and course to pass (depending on jurisdiction) while you're also articling (which a different kind of learning, but still a student experience), and then you have a basically a career long obligation to stay on top of your areas of practice, which, depending on the practice area, can be a good deal of self study/CPD.

Taking that all into consideration, my opinion is that you should treat you legal studies like a marathon and not a sprint; I would not take additional courses at this time.

Also, consider that many people starting out in 1L just don't know "how to read" case law/pick out what's in any given reading - often, as a 1L, you read a case, think you vaguely understand the material points, and then you show up in class and you've missed everything important. All to say: There isn't a lot of value in doing additional self study at this stage, IMHO.

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