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Social Distancing Activity: Law School Word Search

Social Distancing Activity: Law School Word Search!

With everyone being encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, we know that boredom may quickly set in for some.  As a fun activity, even for those who aren’t part of the legal community, we put together a law school themed word search!  You can complete it as you feel like it, or time yourself and then challenge your friends to beat your time. Continue reading Social Distancing Activity: Law School Word Search

How will the Coronavirus impact law school final exams

How will the coronavirus impact law school final exams?

How will the coronavirus impact law school final exams?

Law students are asking many questions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, one of which is how law school final exams will be impacted. The short answer is that it depends on the law school. But, in this post, we will dive deeper into some of the issues surrounding law school final exams in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

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An Overview of How to Succeed on Law School Exams

An Overview of How to Succeed on Law School Exams

Here, we give a brief overview of how to succeed on law school exams so you understand exactly why this guide is broken down the way that it is.

Note that no matter what class it is or what style exam it is (open-book, closed-book, essay, or multiple-choice), your law school exam will test two things: (1) how well you know the law and (2) how well you can apply it. So you need to focus on learning and applying the law throughout the semester. That is it! Continue reading An Overview of How to Succeed on Law School Exams

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How to 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….) 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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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 (that is, 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 (law review, moot court), clerkships and internships that are available to you, and employment in and after law school. It maximizes the opportunities available to you. If you want a big firm job right after law school, academic success is a must!

However, we also have tips on being a well-rounded law school, 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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A Daily Law School Study Schedule Checklist for 1Ls

What is an Example of a Daily Law School Study Checklist?

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 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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How To Brief A Case In Law School

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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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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