MAKING IT COUNT WHEN YOU ARE IN LAW SCHOOL: AN INSIDE LOOK FROM MR. CARVALHO

If you live in Brazil, you are probably already familiar with a man known as Ricardo Tosto de Oliveira Carvalho. He is one of the top minds in the law profession. He is definitely someone you want to have on your side, in any court proceeding.

Ricardo didn’t get this way over night, or by accident. He worked hard for what he has. Just how did Ricardo become the man you see today?

Follow me now. I will show you in detail some of the advice Ricardo was given, while he was in law school. This is advice helped him become the success you see today.

SHOW UP FOR CLASS

This comes from Life 101. If you want to be a success, you have to show up. Put in the hard work. It’s not enough to show up for the last day of class, preparing just for the final. You have to put forth an effort in the classroom.

Do not wait for the teacher to call on you. Show some enthusiasm here. Take the bull by the horns. Express your own knowledge and expertise. Some law students feel they have to wait for the teacher to take notice. This can be hard to do; especially, when you are in class with 300 students. You really want to be noticed, extend your hand and voice. The teacher will be more impressed if you do.

STUDY HARD

This is another key factor. Do not just sleep your way through class. About 20-30% of the questions on the final will come from class discussion. Too many rely on “the book.” Do not be one of these students. The book will only help you up to a point. Part of law is about the effort you put into things.

Take lots of notes, making them as detailed as possible. When you do study, do not leave anything out. Prepare yourself as though everything you see is going to be on the test. If you suspect something will be brought up, use it in your studies.

Also, learn to take breaks. Study for about an hour or so, then take a break. Do this when you are by yourself or with a group.

KNOW THE WAY THE LAW WORKS IN BRAZIL

If you are going to work in Brazil, you have to know how the law works. As I mentioned before, a book will only tell you so much. A book will only take you so far. The idea is to expand your horizons. Look passed the books. Take any law in Brazil and study it. Know it inside and out. Do this for the type of law you wish to practice. It will do you no good to study hard on laws that are not in your trained field. If you plan to work in criminal law, focus on the way Brazil handles them. Do this for both the local and state provisions. If you want to focus on Environmental Law, do the same thing.

The judge will be more impressed with a lawyer who knows what he/she is talking about. It’s not enough to study the law, you have to back it all up in practicum.

ENDING ARGUMENTS

No matter what type of law you get into, becoming a success in law school is the first step. You can always get a better insight by speaking to someone in the field, like Ricardo. Do yourself a favor and Google him today. Go no his site. Make yourself aware of who he is and what he represents. The more you know about the law on the inside, the better equipped you will be to handle the outside.