Monday, April 30, 2007

Organization and Studying Tips

Success in law school and beyond requires organization.
To outline, take out your class syllabus or open up the book's table of contents and write the broad outline. Throughout the semester fill in the broad outline from the information in your book and class lectures. By the end of the semester (if you keep up with it) you'll have an outline that you can work from and study from. You can also try to make your own flashcards, although I do recommend a good series called Law in a Flash, down below.

If you don't like to outline or its crunch time, then find old copies of outlines and read over them. You may also want to try commercial outlines or briefs. Try Gilbert Law Summaries or Examples & Explanations. I also highly recommend Law in a Flash Cards for those who study better with Flashcards. Flashcards are helpful in learning the little detailed areas of law and forcing you to memorize. I also really like High Court Case Summaries. These are keyed to the popularly used law case books. You look for the one that corresponds to your text and it provides a summary of all the cases. So those were some of my favorite study aids. You don't have to use them, but it may be worth checking it out for areas that you are struggling with. Use whatever you need to get the material in your head and then practice writing and doing exams. It's time consuming, but it works.

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