The Two Most Important Things to a Law Student – coffee and the brain – in that order

By Joe Brock

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While many students drink coffee simply to keep their head off the desk, coffee does have some beneficial effects other than an energy boost. First, coffee helps one be a better proof reader. According to a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology it only takes about 200 milligrams of caffeine a day to make you a better proof reader. 200 milligrams is roughly 12 oz. of coffee. But, if some is good more is better, right? I wish I had known this before I turned in my Appellate Brief for RWA, needless to say, it wasn’t mistake free. 

Aside from the benefits to proofreading skills, coffee may also deter Alzheimers. Although researchers concluded that coffee may reduce the risk of Alzheimers, they cannot pinpoint what component of coffee provides this affect. According to the study, decaf won’t cut it, but caffeine is apparently not to blame either. However, this is probably irrelevant for people at GSU law because no one would drink decaf – ever. 

So next time you find yourself reading tax or con law, remember a cup of joe is good for more than just alertness. 

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