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Academic Tools Law Students Should Know: Commercial Study Aids

25 Aug

The others in this series are (in order):

Law School is starting, has started, or will start for all those newbie 1Ls who are arriving on the scene. On behalf of all of your seniors, I offer you welcome. To HELL. Okay, so I promise it won’t be like that forever, but the first few weeks are probably going to seem like you have entered the ninth level of Dante’s Horrors.  Or perhaps they’ll start you off really light and leave you unsuspecting only to be thoroughly traumatized by greater difficulties later in the semester.  So as a gift to you, I offer you a few tools that will help you on your way.  They won’t take all the agony out of the process, but hopefully it will lighten your load at least a bit.  I have at least 7 ready to post but I’m splitting them up for readability. The rest will come out staggered over the next few days. Good luck!

 Commercial Study Aids

You’re going to hear a lot of people talking about commercial study aids, and without an explanation they can be kind of confusing.  This title is given to a wide category of study guides published and sold by the major law-publishing companies. They can be everything from outlines to exam guides to flash cards and more.  Usually they are intended to help you study for exams or offer general overviews of major legal subject.  They won’t be specific to your professor, but they can help you better understand the topic when your prof goes off on tangents or just doesn’t explain himself/herself well.  Since there are hundreds Continue reading

Academic Tools Law Students Should Know: Class Outlines

24 Aug

The others in this series are (in order): (If the links don’t work yet give it a couple days,I’m posting one a day for a week.)

Law School is starting, has started, or will start for all those newbie 1Ls who are arriving on the scene. On behalf of all of your seniors, I offer you welcome. To HELL. Okay, so I promise it won’t be like that forever, but the first few weeks are probably going to seem like you have entered the ninth level of Dante’s Horrors.  Or perhaps they’ll start you off really light and leave you unsuspecting only to be thoroughly traumatized by greater difficulties later in the semester.  So as a gift to you, I offer you a few tools that will help you on your way.  They won’t take all the agony out of the process, but hopefully it will lighten your load at least a bit.  

Class Outlines

Once again, some people prefer to write up their own outlines and professors will encourage this.  However (once again), this process isn’t actually helpful for most law students.  It takes up a lot of time in the typing process that could have been spent in the studying process. Plus there is always the risk that you missed something important or misunderstood a vital topic.  Consequently, we have been given the precious gift of class outlines.   There are many versions online that you can find, including some that are specific to your school or professor. These can be invaluable, but Continue reading

Academic Tools Law Students Should Know: Pre-made Case Outlines

23 Aug

Law School is starting, has started, or will start for all those newbie 1Ls who are arriving on the scene. On behalf of all of your seniors, I offer you welcome. To HELL. Okay, so I promise it won’t be like that forever, but the first few weeks are probably going to seem like you have entered the ninth level of Dante’s Horrors.  Or perhaps they’ll start you off really light and leave you unsuspecting only to be thoroughly traumatized by greater difficulties later in the semester.  So as a gift to you, I offer you a few tools that will help you on your way.  They won’t take all the agony out of the process, but hopefully it will lighten your load at least a bit.  I have at least 7 ready to post but I’m splitting them up for readability. The rest will come out staggered over the next few days. Good luck!

 Pre-Made Case Outlines

Some people choose to outline cases on their own (and professors usually encourage you to do so), but this takes up a lot of time and effort. Since most professors test ideas not cases anyway (you may not Continue reading

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