Tools for Studying Law

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Postsecondary studies provide the educational background required to pursue your chosen career. Some individuals have clear career paths they’ve identified before starting college while others begin their studies and clarify their interests after starting college.

Those interested in a legal career must earn a bachelor’s degree before attending law school. You must earn a law degree from an accredited law school and pass the bar exam to qualify to practice law in the United States or Canada. Although earning a law degree involves several years of intensive studies, there are some tools you can use that will help you when you’re studying law.

Mount a flat-screen TV to your wall.


Watching trials is a great way to familiarize yourself with legal proceedings and pick up on strategies lawyers use in court to appeal to juries or present evidence effectively. Securing a VESA mount to your wall enables you to set up your TV. You can choose from VESA mounts that tilt, enabling you to adjust your television so you can view the screen while you’re sitting on your couch or cooking dinner. You can also opt for corner mounts to take advantage of corner space. Alternatively, opt for a tabletop mount and attach your TV to furniture if you don’t have suitable wall space for a wall mount.

VESA mounts follow the standard guidelines for mounting flat-screen TVs. All flat-screen TVs have holes in the back you can use to attach them to mounts. The space between these holes determines your TV’s VESA size. Measure the distance between the horizontal and vertical holes to determine if your VESA size is 400 mm by 400 mm or another standard VESA size, such as 600 mm by 400 mm. Once you’ve identified your TV’s VESA size, you can secure a suitable mount for your TV and use it to view trial videos and conduct research. You can also use your television screen as a monitor, enabling you to review multiple documents simultaneously on a larger screen.

Consider an internship.


Aspiring legal professionals can learn from lawyers with years of legal experience. Completing an internship’s also an excellent way to familiarize yourself with how law firms operate and glean knowledge through practical experience. Identify reputable law firms with lawyers specializing in the field of law you’re studying to maximize your internship benefits.

Suppose you’re interested in human rights law, corporate law, or labour law. An internship with Nava Wilson LLP is an excellent option because senior partner Malliha Wilson works in these fields of law. Wilson launched her impressive legal career after graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School. Her background includes working as the Ontario government’s senior appellate litigation counsel for over three decades, and she’s presented cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. She’s received a Distinguished Career Award from the South Asian Bar Association and a Lawyer of Distinction Award from the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers. Aspiring lawyers can gain valuable experience completing an internship from distinguished lawyers such as Wilson.

Use professional resources.


Use professional resources that expand your understanding of the law and legal procedures. Use your law school’s law library to study case law. Read and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog to stay informed about the latest newsworthy legal cases and rulings that could impact different fields of law. American Lawyer Magazine and Bloomberg Law also publish articles of interest, ensuring your legal knowledge isn’t limited to prior cases. Reviewing ongoing legal matters is a great way to ensure you understand how the law’s evolving and how new verdicts could impact trial proceedings for years to come.

Anyone interested in a legal career must study law. VESA mounts enable you to use your TV as a monitor or review trial videos. You can also gain practical knowledge through an internship with a reputable law firm and read professional legal resources to expand your legal knowledge.