Making sense of the material you cover in class is critical for law school exam success. Not sure how to do that? Read on!
Below, you’ll find useful free resources to help you understand your classes, along with tips on making study aids and using supplements, and a few technological resources to make your life easier.
If you’re interested in specific supplements, please visit our recommended law school supplements page. And, for detailed outlining tips, you can check out Outlining 101.
Best of luck!
Useful Free Resources
- Where Can You Find Sample Law School Essay Exams? Hopefully we have sold you on the need to practice writing. But with that comes a very common question from students: Where do I find practice materials? Have no fear — we are here to help.
- Everything You Need to Know About Law School -- Textbooks 101 Law school textbooks cost an arm and a leg, but they are also absolutely crucial to your law school survival. Here's a guide that will help you save some money and provide some useful pointers for purchasing your books.
- 1L Tip Sheets -- Civil Procedure Terms Jumping into your 1L courses can be difficult when you are not completely familiar with the terminology of the course. This quick Civil Procedure "tip sheet" will help you keep up!
- Law Librarians Explained: Everything a 1L Should Know Many 1Ls think of the law library as simply a place to study. If that's you, you're overlooking one of the most important resources in law school: the law librarian. Read on to learn more!
- Free Resources for Law Students If you’re just beginning your first semester of law school, you might find that the process is already confusing … and expensive! With that in mind, here are some resources to help you find your way that won’t cost you a cent!
Law School Study Aids
- Keys to Outlining in Law School Outlining. It's a process that's almost unique to law school, and many law students don't know what it is or how to do it. If you want the rundown on the best approach to this process, this is the post for you!
- A Student's Perspective: 1L Outlines As a 1L, you may have an idea of what outlines are and how to do them, but you still may not be sure about how to start them or why they were so important. We have you covered! Read on to hear all things outline.
- Flashcards or Flowcharts: What’s Best in Law School? Law students get lots of advice about study aids. Some people swear by flashcards, others by flowcharts. What’s best? We give our opinions.
- How to Keep Track of Ambiguity When dealing with multiple complex legal concepts and tons of facts, it's sometimes hard to find balance in ambiguity. Read our guide to managing ambiguity to better understand and communicate on law school work.
- Study Tools That Just Might Change Your Life One of the biggest challenges in law school is organizing: your time, your workload, your day-to-day schedule, practically everything. If you have questions about how to organize your upcoming semester, here are some tools that might just change your life.
- Save Yourself a Few Bucks Buying Law School Supplements As new law students everywhere are filling the halls and making frequent (and expensive) stops at the bookstore, one question keeps coming up: what supplements should you invest in and should you buy them now? Here's our advice.
- How to Outline with Help from Supplements One of the most important skills to master in law school is outlining. We give you tips on how to master outlining with supplements.
- What Do I Do With Law School Supplements? About halfway through the semester is the time to pick your supplements and begin using them. Not sure how or when to use them? Here are some scenarios where supplements can be really helpful.
- Attack Plans: A Key to Law School Exam Success Have you heard of attack plans? Some law students are already familiar with attack plans, but others may be scratching their heads. Read more about how attack plans can simplify your exam approach and lead to better grades!
- Creative Ways to Organize Your Study Materials Try the suggestions below for some creative ways to organize your study material and simplify your study process.
- Best Apps for Goal Setting Try these apps to set (and exceed) your goals!
- Thinking Outside the Box: Should You Start a Virtual Study Group? As the analog world quickly fades into the history books, it is probably time to rethink the concept of the “study group.” Today, there are so many digital tools available to enhance the traditional study group, that it might be a good idea to take it one step further, and create a wholly virtual study group.
- Get Organized in Law School with Evernote Learn more about how this free tool can help you get organized in law school.
- Tech Tools to Enhance Your Law School Productivity This post will focus on tech tools that can increase productivity for law students and practicing lawyers.
- Top Organizing Apps for Law Students In this post, we highlight several top applications for staying organized in law school. From note taking apps to calendar organizers, this list will get you moving in the right direction to becoming more organized.
- A Law Student's Perspective: LexisNexis Tips LexisNexis is one of the three major legal databases (others: Westlaw and Bloomberg) which you will become familiar with throughout your legal career. Each person has their own preference on what database they will use. Do not feel obligated to choose one that someone else suggests. Nevertheless, these are the cool things Lexis has to offer which may be useful!
- More Must-Have Apps for Law Students If you are a law student, add these apps to your phone.
- Your First Guide to Secondary Sources Researching and legal writing are two central tasks that attorneys perform frequently. There are three major legal databases: LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg. This guide will focus on a great first step to research: secondary sources.
- Helpful Note-Taking Apps For Law Students If you’re interested in trying out a new note taking app, and you’re not sure where to start, this post is for you.
- Tools For Law School Success: Critical Pass Flashcards Given that aspiring attorneys need to pass a huge number of exams during law school before they can even begin to think about taking the bar exam, Critical Pass now offers flashcards for law students can help with the core concepts and prepare for exams in key law school courses.