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5 Things Every Law Student Should Buy in Law School (Under $50)

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today we’re gonna talk about the best
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buys under $50 to make your life in law
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school just a little bit better this is
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a companion video to the expensive nice
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to have but not necessarily necessary
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purchases in law school these are the
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things that really punch above their
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weight you can get for pennies on the
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dollar so stick around and learn how you
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can make your life in law school just a
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little bit better okay so the first
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cheap product that I would recommend is
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this humble book stand it weighs only
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about an ounce it folds up you can put
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it in your backpack you can carry it
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around you can travel with it almost
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anywhere and the reason is because you
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can’t avoid reading your case book even
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if you use our methods and limit the
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amount of case book reading you’re going
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to do you’re still going to have to read
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out of your case book every once in a
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while and that’s okay but because you’re
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gonna be spending so much time reading
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out of a huge heavy case book this
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little foldable book stand is invaluable
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the way it works is you just unfold it
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you take your case book you slide it in
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and then you expand it out a little bit
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which is hard to do while I’m actually
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carrying the thing but you sort of get
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the idea that you can put it on your
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desk read out of the book while working
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on a laptop or iPad or or taking notes
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and then you don’t have to Crane your
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neck while looking at the book while
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it’s vertical it’s at a 45 degree angle
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and you can take it anywhere you can
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take it to the library you can take it
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into a friend’s apartment when you’re
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studying together you can do just about
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anything and for $15 on Amazon I
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wouldn’t go anywhere in law school
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without this thing you’ll use it for
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hours it’s really cheap I’ve seen a
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bunch of law students on YouTube talking
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about this thing I used it when I went
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to law school and I’d recommend anyone
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who is either going to law school or in
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law school get one of these things and
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save your back by the way you can find
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links to all of these products in the
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description below so I recommend getting
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one of these little book stands it’ll
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help save your neck it’ll help save your
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back and we’ll just make reading your
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case book just a
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little bit more pleasant which when
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you’re reading these cases anything you
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can do to make your life a little bit
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more pleasant is probably worthwhile so
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the next thing I recommend is getting
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either a whiteboard and dry erase
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markers or some butcher paper you need
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something to help diagram the law itself
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the law is complicated and when you get
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to an issue spotting hypothetical it
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sort of flows like a decision tree you
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have the causes of action the elements
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under the causes of action the
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definition of the elements sub elements
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and you need to see how that all flows
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together and diagramming usually on a
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wall with markers really helps to
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understand how things fit together I
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think everyone’s familiar with a dry
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erase board or you could even use a
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chalk board but I prefer butcher paper
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butcher paper is great because you can
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use any marker and save on expensive
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whiteboard dry erase markers the best
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part is though you can save it for later
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one roll can last your entire semester
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you can also just buy a bunch of dry
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erase markers and right on the window a
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beautiful mine style as long as you’re
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willing to look like an insane person
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while you are writing on the window with
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dry erase markers of course I’ve done
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crazier things to save money in law
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school so I wouldn’t blame you okay the
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next thing I’d recommend in law school
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are some earplugs no I think everyone’s
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familiar with these little foam things
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you put in your ear but ear plugs have a
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couple of advantages in law school in
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particular that might not be obvious on
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first glance in law school a big problem
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that almost everyone has is getting
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enough sleep ear plugs can really help
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when your neighbor decides to hold an
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impromptu band rehearsal at midnight or
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if your roommates have a very different
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sleep pattern than you or if you just
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live on a busy street ear plugs if you
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use them consistently can help you
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create a consistent sleep pattern that
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isn’t interrupted if there happens to be
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stuff going on that particular night it
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takes some time to get used to them so I
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would recommend using them even when
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there aren’t loud noises going on
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times of an emergency I would just get
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in the habit of using them so you can
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get good sleep every night
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also my earplugs can help you create
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consistency in your practice tests now
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we have a number of videos to talk about
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how practice tests are one of the most
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important things you can do to increase
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your chances of getting a better grade
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in law school and just see the link down
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below but one of the problems of doing
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practice tests at home is that it is
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very different from taking an exam in
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class when you take a law school exam in
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class during the finals
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the sound of clacking keyboards is
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absolutely deafening and then there are
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other people that will be coughing
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they’ll be rustling bags they’ll be
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getting in their backpacks all of these
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noises and sounds will not be present
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when you are taking your practice test
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you’re probably taking your practice
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tests at home under ideal conditions
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which is fine but you don’t want to get
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used to taking practice tests under
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absolutely ideal conditions if you go
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into the final with earplugs though you
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reduce some of that sound and it is more
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similar to the way that you practice
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tests at home and as sort of a Pavlovian
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response you can associate earplugs with
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going into test mode the second that you
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put earplugs into your ears your mind
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will think okay this is test time now
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it’s time to pull out all the stops and
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you’ll be in the mental state necessary
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to crush the exam the next cheap thing
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that I would recommend in law school is
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a physical calendar not a digital
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calendar like in Outlook or in Gmail but
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an actual paper physical calendar these
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things are invaluable there is not as
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much time in your semester as it first
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appears and what starts out is 8 to 10
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weeks it seems like an eternity but that
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will go by so fast and you need to be
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able to see where you are in time how
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much time is left so that you can make
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sure that you finish your outline you
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can make sure you start doing practice
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tests as early as possible and that you
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are ready by the time that finals come
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around and a fiscal calendar helps you
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see it
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where you are are you falling behind and
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chances are yes and the sooner that you
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realize that you simply don’t have time
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to do these insane multi-page
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rambo-style case briefs the better you
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need to jettison that as quickly as
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possible because there just isn’t enough
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time in the semester to do all of that
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unnecessary work and a physical calendar
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will show you where you are in time and
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help you plan everything out better to
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do it sooner rather than later getting a
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physical calendar will save so much time
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in anguish and really help you plan out
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your semester okay so the last
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relatively inexpensive product that I
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would recommend for law school is an
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alarm I know that sounds crazy but get a
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separate alarm do not use your phone do
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not let your cell phone reside anywhere
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near your bed I now I keep my cell phone
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outside of my bedroom it used to be that
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I would get work emails all throughout
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the night and in a Pavlovian response I
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would pick up the cell phone interrupt
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my sleep and look at the the emails but
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the truth is whether you’re in a law
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practice or if you’re in law school the
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emails that come in at two o’clock in
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the morning are just not that important
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they can wait until the next day so what
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I recommend and this is a little bit on
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the pricey side but you can get cheaper
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options is a sunrise alarm these things
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are great unlike a traditional alarm
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that just has a blaring sound to wake
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you up this displays light gradually
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coming on like a dimmer like a reverse
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dimmer to convince your body that it’s
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sunrise and that you should get up
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gradually as the Sun rises and this
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works even when it’s pitch-black outside
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there are sounds that go along with it
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but this is a much less jarring way to
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wake yourself up and I am so much more
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rested when I wake up with a sunrise
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alarm as compared to a blaring sound and
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I got a better night’s sleep because I
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separated my cell phone from the alarm
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function there is a great video on
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youtube of simon Sinek where he talks
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about the dumbest thing
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the millennial generation does myself
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included it used to be was using their
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cell phone as an alarm and being too
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cheap to buy a separate physical alarm I
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wholeheartedly agree with them just get
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some other clock radio if you want to go
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the cheap route or if you want to spend
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a little bit more money you can get any
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number of 32 $100.00 sunrise alarms they
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all seem to work pretty well a separate
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alarm will allow you to get more sleep
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it’ll wake you up more gradually you’ll
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be in a better mood and you will be more
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alert for your law school classes
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throughout the day
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studies show that a lack of sleep
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prevents the ability to memorize
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internalize information and remember so
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just an hour of sleep more per night
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alone could put you above your
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classmates in law school so law school
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is all about creating a competitive
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advantage as compared to your classmates
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these little things whether it’s a
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foldable book stand so you save your
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neck from neck pain and allow yourself
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to study just a little bit longer every
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day in the library or a separate
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physical alarm to get more sleep at
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night and to wake up more alert these
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things may not be huge advantages in and
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of themselves but they compound over
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time and allow you to study a little bit
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longer be more alert and just be a
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better law student all-around and when
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you’re graded on a curve as you are in
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law school these little things add up
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and allow you to get an advantage over
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your classmates and that’s what legal
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you can even put it down on a desk to
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it helps you create a consistent sleep
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