What is outlining? Outlining is the process of organizing and condensing all of the material that you learn over the semester into one single, manageable document that you are able to commit to memory. Outlining is an important skill to have in law school. You will be expected to make an outline for each of your core substantive law school courses.
Why outline? You will never have to hand in your outlines and you will not be graded on them. But they are invaluable tools to help you learn everything you need to know in law school. Furthermore, some of your professors may allow you to consult your outlines on your exams so it is nice to have them handy to refer to. Thus, it is important to make a law school outline for each of your law school courses. We will explain how to make a law school outline in this post. Continue reading Law School Prep Tip #9: Learn How to Make a Law School Outline
Law School Prep Tip #8: Don’t Engage Negativity.
You deserve a lot of credit for choosing to go to law school, especially given all of the negativity that surrounds that decision. The following negative statements are constantly bouncing around the media:
“Law school is so hard.”
“The bar exam is impossible to pass.”
“The job market is so bad.”
You’ve probably had several friends, family members, and strangers warn you about the difficulty of law school or the dismal job market. And if you’re anything like me, when someone goes out of their way to tell you how their nephew graduated two years ago and still doesn’t have a job or how so-and-so hated law school so much she dropped out, your first reaction will be to argue with the other person (and include a healthy dose of sarcasm). Continue reading Law School Prep Tip #8 (for pre-law students, law students, and lawyers): Don’t Engage Negativity
Law School Prep Tip #7 is to Get a Head Start on Legal Writing.
Why? Because being able to write a good paper, memo, or argument will help you not only throughout law school but also throughout your legal career. Many attorneys report that the law school class that helped them the most when they began practicing law was their legal writing or research class.
Because legal writing and research are such valuable and necessary skills for practicing attorneys, the vast majority of law schools require students to take some kind of legal writing or legal research class their first year of law school. Thus, it is a good idea to consider getting a head start on it over the summer.
Continue reading Law School Prep Tip #7: Get a Head Start on Legal Writing
My Secret to Graduating as the #1 Law Student (and Law School Prep Tip #6 Set Challenging Goals and Develop a Unique Strategy to Accomplish Them).
My decision to go to law school was not the most well-thought-out decision I’ve ever made. I think my exact logic for that decision was: “I want something challenging but medical school is too long.” I didn’t even have any desire to practice law. I was basically only going to law school because I wanted the intellectual challenge. (Side note: While I do not regret my decision to go to law school for one second, I also do not recommend that such big decisions be made with such little forethought!). Continue reading My Secret to Graduating as the #1 Law Student (and Law School Prep Tip #6)
As mentioned in our previous post, in law school, professors teach classes using the Socratic Method (rather than lecturing). This means that the professor will go in front of the classroom and ask students questions about the law and the assigned reading, rather than simply telling the students what the law is. Many times students don’t know the answer. Or they get the answer wrong . Or it takes them ten minutes to arrive at the correct answer and by the time they provide the correct answer, you forgot what the question was.
This makes it very difficult to learn the law! It also means that you may find yourself very confused after class. I remember many occasions in law school when I would leave the classroom ten times more confused than when I walked into it. Continue reading Law School Summer Prep: Tip # 5 Purchase Commercial Study Aids
Law School Summer Prep Tip #4:
Understand how Law School is different from College
We have published an article that is very similar to this one before but now we are publishing it in the context of a pre-law tip. Why? Because if you understand exactly how law school is different than college, you will be way ahead of your peers.
Continue reading Law School Summer Prep Tip #4: Understand how Law School is different from College
One big difference between law school and many undergraduate programs is that law school is a lot of work. You will have cases to read, legal writing and research assignments to complete, outlines to write, and exams to prepare for. You can help tackle this workload ahead of time by figuring out a good law school study schedule before law school even begins. Continue reading Law School Summer Prep: Tip # 3 Create a Law School Study Schedule that you Can use Throughout Law School
Healthy habits are underrated in law school. In law school, you will be surrounded by classmates who put physical health on the backburner. Physical health is important, in part, because it is intimately related to mental health. If you are looking to increase your concentration, focus, and recall – and ultimately do well in class and on law school final exams – maintaining a healthy lifestyle is something you should make a priority. It is also something you can start on in the summer – the earlier you start changing your daily routines to make them more healthy, the better. Thus, our second tip for law school summer prep is to develop healthy habits. Here are a few suggestions on ways you can do so: Continue reading Law School Summer Prep: Blog Series Tip #2: Develop Healthy Habits
This post is the first in a series about all things that 0L’s – that is students about to enter their first year of law school – can do to prepare. Some of them are lifestyle changes (for example, this blog post); others are more substantive things (i.e. what books to read, and what assignments to get a head start on)
We assume that most of you 0Ls are not itching to grab a legal treatise on Contracts the first week of June, so for our first post, we’ll start with a lifestyle change that may be easier to implement. Continue reading Law School Summer Prep: Blog Series Tip # 1: Read a Lot