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Getting to know your professors

by Katharine Miller (1L)

When you enter law school, countless people will tell you to get to know your professors. My advice is to listen to them. The best way to get to know a professor is by going to office hours. At first going to office hours can be terrifying, but in all honesty, it is one of the more rewarding steps you can take to further your law school experience. 

There are three main reasons you would want to get to know your professor. First, it allows your professor to understand your individual learning style, making it easier for them to help you. Your professor can individualize how they explain problem sets or specific topics making it easier to understand. Further, they can target your strengths and weaknesses, which help point out areas you can improve on.

Second, it creates a relationship with your professor, making it easier for them to write amazing recommendations. Recommendations will be needed to make you stand out in a job search. Having a personal connection with a professor helps them write a more personal recommendation, instead of a generic recommendation.

Lastly, a professor can end up being a support system. Confiding in a professor is one of the best ways to move past a rough week. Professors have been through everything a law student is going through. They can dispel rumors and engender a different perspective on an obstacle that seems impossible to overcome. 

Professors can come off intimidating when standing in front of a classroom. In office hours you catch your professor in a more personal setting, making them seem less like Chief Justice Roberts and more like Justice Scalia. Surprising but true, the professors are here to help each student succeed. Having an individual relationship with a professor creates another source of support. The power to succeed is in your hands. By creating a personal relationship with a professor, you take one more step towards success. 

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