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Learn law with motivation - Law is addicting like World of Warcraft

Do you have problems motivating yourself to study law? Then you are right here. Now I'm going to show you a few tricks that will change your approach to law forever.

In fact, you might find yourself as addicted to Law as some are to World of Warcraft.

1. Motivate learning to law with the community effect: Your clan is counting on you

Communities increase motivation many times over. This is why online video games are much more addicting than single player games. That's why sports clubs are so successful and that's why we all freak out when it's back to the World Cup. At the soccer world championship, the whole world becomes one gigantic community.

You have to take advantage of this effect! Set up a study group, go to working groups, to the tutor or to lectures, move among lawyers. The more the better. The study group is an absolute duty. I have described here which learning group activities you can use to make them really exciting and effective.

In any case, there should be a tutor or a trainee working group or lectures during studies.

However, you should make sure to look for the right community. Your tutor has to make the lesson interesting and your study group has to be right on the job. If it fails every second time or your fellow campaigners keep coming unprepared, you should pull the emergency brake and look for a new group.

Communities are addictive. Take advantage of that.

2. The power of habit: this is how you automatically become a hardcore learner

Humans are creatures of habit. When we do something over and over again, it becomes easier for us. This is one of the reasons why hardly anyone has difficulty motivating themselves to brush their teeth in the morning.

Learning law has to be like brushing your teeth for you! If you are a student, you get up every morning at half past seven and sit at your place in the bib at nine. You're off work at 7 p.m. You can of course adjust the times to your needs, but they have to be fixed, i.e. the same every day.

If you are a trainee lawyer and not diving yet, things are a little more difficult. In addition to station work, it is often difficult to set up a learning routine. Especially since as a trainee lawyer you are usually at the age where you are invited to a wedding every other weekend.

But at least you should try Divide your week into two contiguous sections. The first part for station work and the second part for learning. For example, if you work in the ward for 4 days, set your day off on Monday or Friday. This way you can take a day off work each week and then study for two days.

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If you are currently in the judicial ward and can therefore organize your working hours more yourself, then always do your ward work immediately after the meeting with your trainer. Because even in this way you can easily split the week into two parts and develop at least a little learning routine.

3. Planning the “Learn Law” mission

In order to be motivated to learn law, you need a study plan. According to Dr. Matthias Schulz, who has coached law students in legal learning at the Center for Legal Learning at Bucerius Law School for a long time, learning planning is one of the main characteristics of successful law students.

It's best to make two learning plans, one long-term and one short-term.

a) Your long-term law learning plan

Once you have to know in the long term what you have to be able to by when. If you are three months before your second state examination and have not yet learned criminal law and the public law exams, your long-term planning could roughly look something like this:

"I have to be able to take the public prosecutor's exam by mid-January, the criminal law review exam by the end of January, the public-law exams by the end of February and I have to repeat everything in March because I will be writing my exams in April."

With this long-term planning, you will prevent being overwhelmed, procrastinating and, depending on the type, panic or inappropriate serenity. Because then you don't think anymore "In 3 months I will write exams", rather "I have to be able to take the public prosecutor's exam in 2 weeks". This is much more concrete and short-term and therefore greatly facilitates the motivation to learn. In addition, you will automatically set better priorities.

b) Your short-term law learning plan

In order not to waste your time on Twitter, Facebook, texting or chatting, you also have to know exactly what you have to do every day. e.g .:

"Tomorrow I will summarize the damage law in car accidents for my study group, so I have to learn today."

It is important that your plan for the next day is in place the day before at the latest! Only then will you really start implementing it first thing in the morning.

You can find more detailed instructions for creating learning plans specifically for the second state examination here.

4. Commitment: Anyone who does not keep the mission plan falls by the wayside


Compliance with your learning plan must be absolutely binding for you. To do this, you need to use the following techniques:

a) Calendar entries

Your study time must be on your calendar. Time must be blocked like working hours at work. During your study time, you don't have time to meet up with friends for coffee or to do sports. That belongs in the lunch break, in the designated coffee break, in the evening or in your days off. Because your calendar is blocked during your study time. You can't compromise here. That would be the beginning of the end.

b) You go to the bib to study.

Learning at home is much more difficult. Your motivation to study law will come a lot easier if you go to the bib every morning. For one thing, you reinforce the habit. On the other hand, you condition yourself to study in the bib and relax at home. This clear separation will make your learning much easier.

c) Treat your study time as a meeting.

When I used to sit in the bib and look around, at any given point in time at least a third of the people around me had their cell phones in their hands (pay attention to that!). This means that the average bib-sitter does not study for at least a third of his learning time, but is busy with his cell phone. Add to that the time you spend thinking about the conversations after you put your cell phone down or are restless waiting for a message.

There is only one consequence: You have to leave your mobile phone switched off during the study period. Because if you are even somehow like me and most other people, then a switched on cell phone exerts a magical attraction on you, which your motivation to learn law has nothing to oppose.

Just imagine your study time as a meeting with yourself. You also have your cell phone off in meetings. You can turn on your cell phone during breaks - just like at meetings.

d) Study group planning: next Tuesday you will present topic X to us.

Always agree specifically with your study group who will prepare what for the next appointment. If your group is relying on you, you will prepare the material as well. Incidentally, this is one of the great strengths of frequent study group meetings.

5. Feedback: Level yourself up

My computer game metaphor is no accident. Video games are designed to be addicting. Feedback is a key factor here. With video games, I get immediate feedback (e.g. I die or defeat the opponent) and longer-term feedback in the form of rewards (I level up). That motivates me to keep playing.

You have to take advantage of the same effect when studying. Always praise yourselves in your study group for good performance and thorough preparation! Ask each other and play question games.

Write practice exams on a regular basis, which you will get assessed. Even if there are always bad exams, your average will improve in the long term. Keep in mind where you were half a year ago or a year ago. You may not have been able to do this area of ​​law then. And now you have already passed an exam! If you keep improving, you will soon be at your desired grade - at the latest when you try to improve.

While you are sitting with the tutor or in the group: Get in touch, answer questions! Even then you will get feedback that motivates you to continue working.

Before you know it, you'll be the level 100 super-character that everyone will marvel at and envy.

6. Variety motivates: More races, more classes, more opponents

13 different races, 10 classes (such as druid, warlock and hunter), thousands of quests, many stories, limitless possibilities. This is how the product description of “World of Warcraft” on Amazon reads.

40 trainee teachers, working groups or lectures, learning group with 2 brave colleagues, self-reading sessions, practice exams for 8 different types of exams, query games, small group work on the case, crash courses with the tutor and current case law. This is how the description of your exam preparation should read.

Because with so much variety you just have to stay motivated to learn. Regardless of whether it is about Law or World of Warcraft.

What you have to do NOW:

You can't just read this article. You have to act immediately. Now take the first step in learning to be addictive. Recruit a study group. Create a study plan. Inquire with the rep. And sign up for my free learning hacks for lawyers. As a student here, as a trainee lawyer here.
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