When someone asks how much homework you get in law school, you may be tempted to respond: “we don’t have any homework, just reading.” This statement is at best half true. Without quibbling as to whether reading can be considered homework, rarely if ever should you just read. You need a mechanism to render your passive reading an active exercise. There are several different methods that law students typically use to organize the information embedded in a case. Some annotate in the margins of their case books to translate the legal analysis into plain English. Others will use colored highlighters to identify the important parts of a case. Still others will use margin labels in their case books to categorize the case by its component parts. [Read more…] about What Parts of a Case Brief Really Matter
Outlines—they create a stir around law campuses annually. But what is an outline? An outline is a synthesis of the cases, statutes, regulations, restatements, and any other sources of law you learned throughout the semester. A way to curate all the legal mumbo jumbo, if you will. Generally, an outline is compiled from information extracted from case briefs, class notes, commercial and other student outlines, and commercial supplements. Many students make multiple versions of an outline with varying amounts of detail to serve distinct roles in exam studying and taking. While outlining is not conducive to a one-size-fits-all approach, some universal principles can and should inform your craft. [Read more…] about The Dos and Don’ts of Law Student Outlines
You did it. You got into law school and survived your 1L year. You finally let out a deep sigh after your last final before the reality sets in: you still have two more years of law school. Maybe the thought of two more years at your law school enthralls you. Or maybe you regularly fantasize about another law school. If the latter, then transferring law schools may be the right choice for you.