When I work with law students on exam prep, their first questions are always about outlines:
- “Are outlines really important?”
- “What makes a good outline?”
- “How long should an outline be?”
- And my favorite, “Do I really need to make my own?”
My Thoughts on Outlining for Law School Exams
Here are a few of my thoughts on outlining for law school exams.
Why do we make outlines?
The purpose of an outline is to aid with exam preparation. The main purpose of your outline is to organize the material so it’s easy to understand, memorize, and use on the exam.
What makes a good outline?
A good outline is clear and easy to read, contains the pertinent information, and is well-organized. Critically, it should make sense to YOU — because it is YOUR study tool.
Do I have to make my own or can I use a “canned” outline?
You should make your own outline!
Completing an outline means that you have thought about the law and how it fits together. This very important “thinking” portion of the outlining process is completely lost if you use an outline created by someone else.
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Want more outlining tips? Check out the next two parts of this series:
- Law School Outlining: Can Your Outline Be Too Long?
- Law School Outlining: When Should I Start Outlining?
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