Whether you are studying to pass your class on Professional Responsibility or are trying to get over the hurdle of the MPRE, think about doing more than just reviewing the ABA Model rules. Of course, memorization is an important technique that should be part of your studies because the Model Rules are the actual source for the multiple-choice questions on the MPRE or those developed by your professor. However, by thinking out of the box when studying these rules, you may actually internalize the concepts stated in the rules more effectively. [Read more…] about Top 3 Creative Ways to Study the Professional Rules
So, you got through the first semester of law school – Congratulations! What, you don’t feel like celebrating? Oh, your grades are not what you’re used to – no A’s, and more C’s than B’s? In fact, are you starting to wonder if law school was a good choice? Well, that is an important question. However, before you throw in the towel, consider hitting the “reset” button. If the dream of being a lawyer is really that important to you, then you have to consider the possibility that you may not have done everything necessary to succeed.
By now you realize law school is a completely different experience than college. Every professor expects you to complete the assigned reading before class, and then to engage in challenging discussions based on that reading. Not to mention the quantity of the reading, briefing, outlining, issue-spotting old exams, etc. can be overwhelming. The question you have to ask yourself is, “Did I do enough, or did I do what I always did to get by in college?” So, how do you answer that question? Hit the “reset” button and consider the following: [Read more…] about Not Happy with the First Semester? Hit the “Reset” Button!
Congratulations! You got into law school. That is a big step, maybe even a life-long dream, but it is just the first step. It’s possible you have already moved to a new city, found a new apartment, even acquired a new roommate. Maybe you’ve already purchased all your textbooks, outlines, etc., and scoped out the best places to study. However, to ensure success in this new endeavor, there is one more crucial step you must take now – you need to have a serious talk with your family.
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Rules. Your whole life you’ve had to live by the rules. Now you’re in law school and there are a whole bunch of rules you have to memorize that may have nothing to do with how you live your life. But you have to know these rules cold so they can come to you at the right moment during a law school exam. But wait, now you’re told there is a whole new category of rules. These are rules you have to create yourself in your legal writing class. This requires something called “synthesis.” So, what exactly does that mean? [Read more…] about The Art of Rule Synthesis
Your computer is plugged in, your snacks and drink of choice are laid out, and your colorful assortment of highlighters are at the ready. You are staring at the exam that is face down on the table when the proctor says the magic words – you may start. All of a sudden, the panic sets in and you realize you’re on the clock, and “what subject is this?” Okay, maybe not that last part, but you might be doubting whether you can get this done in the required time. You can, but you’ve got to have a plan!
But here’s the best part – the same plan works for every law school and bar exam essay. Once you internalize your plan, all you have to do is concentrate on the substance. The plan even works for those professors who claim they don’t focus on IRAC. The plan helps you get through the material in a methodical way, ensuring you don’t leave issues on the table. So, if you’re ready and willing, here it is: [Read more…] about Writing an Essay Exam – You’ve Got to Have a Plan!