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How to Speed Read Cases in Law School

How to Speed Read Cases in Law School

In law school, there are so many important things to do (outlining, memorizing the law, taking practice exams….) 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 to Speed Read Cases in Law School

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A Daily Law School Study Schedule Checklist for 1Ls

A Daily Law School Study Schedule Checklist for 1Ls

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, this is what we recommend you include in your daily law school study schedule. Continue reading A Daily Law School Study Schedule Checklist for 1Ls

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How to Effectively Prepare for Class in Law School (Without Wasting Time!)

How to Effectively 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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How To Brief A Case In Law School

How To Brief A Case In Law School

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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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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Second Semester Success in Law School: 5 Keys to Improving

Second Semester Success in Law School: 5 Keys to Improving

Many students ask us about second semester success in law school.. If you are unhappy with your first semester grades, you may be wondering how to bolster your second-semester success! Here, we give you five keys to improving your second semester of law school. They are tips that have helped our private law students succeed and raise their grades significantly! Continue reading Second Semester Success in Law School: 5 Keys to Improving