Law School Discussion

How do YOU study?

How do YOU study?
« on: September 08, 2015, 06:16:26 AM »
So last night I THINK I had a brainstorm. I decided to do the following, in this order:

1. read the hornbook
2. read the cases
3. brief the cases
4. copy and paste the rule statements I developed in the cases into a rule statements doc
5. listen to the lecture
6. Update my outline
7. Make flash cards from the outline

Thoughts? What am I missing?

Re: How do YOU study?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2015, 10:26:31 AM »
If that works for you then it works for you. Law school is trial and error, but I think one important thing to do that I didn't do my first semester is practice problems.

Those are really the key and how you learn to apply the law. I used Cali lessons , which all ABA schools provide for free. Then also try multiple choice problems and law school essays. You will do poorly your first few tries, because these problems are meant to trick you, but as my contracts professor said there are only so many tricks they can trick you,  so once you learn all the tricks you should be good. .

Another item I used was reading , before I read the case.

Also, don't rely to heavily on hornbooks and pay attention to what your professor says. Professors like Judges are people and have slightly different views and your Civil Procedure professor might think talk about interpleader and think that is the most important thing to know, which means it probably be on the exam more than another Civ Pro professor that thinks knowing the rules of discovery is the most important.

At the end of the day most 1L's over complicate law school and I was guilty of this myself. However, law school teaches you how to simplify matters, which is a skill you will learn.

I think the number one thing to do is read everything the professor says to read, do practice problems and make your own outlines. Creating the outlines in whatever format helps you learn is how you learn, don't worry if X person says you need to do it this way every person has their own way of learning.

Re: How do YOU study?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2015, 03:25:01 PM »
Depends on the subject and the way the class is graded to be 100% honest.
The bar exam is another beast................but MPRE I think I listed to lectures while playing games online and drinking ice beers. (its the mpre lol)

If a 1L was reading this. I'd say, to do the following.

1. Buy canned outlines (do it, just do it)
2. Take notes, but no one takes perfect notes (thus the canned stuff to supplement it)
3. If at all possible buy a USED book. They have the good stuff already highlighted and underlined.
4. Join your student bar association and buy the approved outlines from prior exams (most schools offer them)
5. Remember to breath, 2L is just around the corner.

Re: How do YOU study?
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2017, 12:54:33 AM »
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Re: How do YOU study?
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2018, 09:29:22 PM »
Studying from a good book

Re: How do YOU study?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2018, 01:17:28 AM »
nice book

Re: How do YOU study?
« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2018, 02:35:21 AM »
my favorite method is not reading full cases, sorry but i`m a bit lazy  :)
i usually use websites like to read only case summaries, sometimes i use but the best website is

the only problem with reading case briefs is that you become more and more lazy...... :D