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How do I speed-read cases in law school?

How do I speed-read cases in law school?

In law school, there are so many important things to do (outlining, memorizing the law, taking practice exams, etc.) that if you want to do well, you probably shouldn’t read every word of every case. However, you also don’t want to ignore cases. If you don’t pay attention to the assigned cases, you will have difficulty following along in class, you could easily embarrass yourself when called on, and you will likely feel frustrated and confused!

So, your goal should be to pay the appropriate attention to law school cases. Don’t spend hours a day on them, but don’t completely ignore them either. Continue reading How do I speed-read cases in law school?

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An Overview of How to Succeed in Law School

An Overview of How to Succeed in Law School 

In this guide, we discuss how to succeed in law school. We define “success” in law school primarily as academic success (i.e., getting high grades!). The reason we do this is that academic success is the most straightforward path to success in your career. It opens the most doors in terms of activities you can join (e.g., law review, moot court), clerkships and internships that are available to you, and employment in and after law school. It maximizes the opportunities at your disposal. If you want a big firm job right after law school, academic success is a must!

However, we also encourage being a well-rounded law student, including focusing on networking and making sure to stay physically and mentally healthy. All of these things are equally important and closely tied with succeeding in law school as well as professionally and personally.
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What is an example of a daily law school study checklist?

What is an example of a daily law school study checklist?

It is important to have an efficient daily law school study schedule if you are a first-year student. What you do every day will ultimately lead to your success (or lack of success) in law school.  If your goal is to be a high-achieving and well-rounded law student, below is what we recommend you include in your daily law school study schedule.

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How do I prepare for class in law school (without wasting time)?

How do I prepare for class in law school (without wasting time)?

Below, we discuss five steps to prepare for class in law school in the most efficient and effective way possible. Note that the goal of preparing for class in law school is to prepare effectively so that you can:

  • Follow along in class
  • Understand what the professor is saying
  • Be able to answer questions if you are called on

However, there is such a thing as over preparing.

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Letter Of Recommendation In Law School

How To Ask For A Letter Of Recommendation In Law School

How To Ask For A Letter Of Recommendation In Law School

While you’re in law school, you might find yourself needing to ask for letters of recommendation. You may be applying for a job that needs a letter, such as a judicial clerkship. You may need a letter for admission to your state’s bar after you graduate. In this post, we’ll discuss seven tips for how to ask for a letter of recommendation while you’re in law school.

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What are “cases” in law school?

What are “cases” in law school?

Some students wonder what “cases” are in law school.

In law school, the vast majority of your homework each night during your first year (with the exception of any legal writing class homework), will consist of reading cases.

Your casebook will likely have a variety of different cases in it. Most of these cases will merely be excerpts—that is, you will not read the full opinion, just a sample. These vary from one page to five pages, on average. Some might be even shorter (just a few sentences) whereas others can be even longer. Continue reading What are “cases” in law school?

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How do I brief a case?

How do I brief a case? 

A very important skill that a first-year law student learns is the art of “briefing” an assigned case.  A case brief is essentially a roadmap of a legal opinion, and it provides a few critical benefits. So, it is a good exercise to brief cases when you first start reading them. (Note: We do not recommend you brief cases all throughout your first year. It is too time-consuming! But, it is a helpful skill to have when you first start reading cases in law school!)

What are the benefits of briefing cases at first?

First, a case brief serves as a way to refresh your memory on key information from a case that you may have read several days before class (and months before an exam).  This certainly comes in handy if you’re called on in class, but it also helps you follow along with the class discussion and can be an effective study tool come exam time.  Second, and equally important, the practice of briefing cases is an active study technique that helps you learn how to read a legal opinion.  Specifically, you learn—among other things—how to spot the legal issue, recognize legally significant facts, identify the rule of law, and understand the court’s reasoning.

Briefing a case is the first step to learning how to think like a lawyer so that you’ll eventually be able to dissect a legal opinion and identify the relevant portions simply by reading it.  Here, we’ll discuss the anatomy of a case brief and explain the basics of how to create one.

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What is an example of a law school case brief template? 

What is an example of a law school case brief template? 

Here, we’ll provide you with a proposed case brief template as an example of how you might organize your own. We’ll then show you how this template would work in the context of a real case that you could be assigned in your first year of law school. Below, we provide you with more information on what to include in this template. Let’s start with the template.

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1L Summer Job

Three Tips On Where To Work For Your 1L Summer Job

Three Tips On Where To Work 1L Summer Job

After finishing your first year of law school, you may be tempted to just take it easy and rest. But your 1L summer is a critical time to get hands-on legal experience through an internship. In fact, you will start looking for your 1L summer internship before your first term of law school even ends! In this blog post, we will discuss three tips for figuring out where to work for your 1L summer job.

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Can I Take A Day Off In Law School?

Can I Take A Day Off In Law School?

There is no denying that law school is a lot of work. You will have a lot of reading to do to prepare for class, on top of papers, projects, and clinics. We have already covered ways for you to study efficiently, as well as 10 tips on how to succeed in law school. We’ve also discussed the importance of short study breaks during your workday. With all that work, can you afford to take a day off during law school? Yes! Read on to learn why taking a day off regularly may actually improve your law school experience, as well as tips on how to do it.

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