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One Month Until Law School Exams: How to Study

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One Month Until Law School Exams: How to Study

As the end of the semester approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the final exam.  Now that there’s only one month until law school exams, your focus should shift to how best to prepare.  You should not be spending as much time on cases. Cases will not help you do well on the exam.  Law school exams are not going to give you a fact pattern that mimics an already decided case.  The fact patterns tend to be long and incorporate many different issues, generally focusing on more grey areas that prompt you to interpret existing law.  This is why it is important for you to focus on learning the rules taught during the semester and then applying them to unfamiliar fact patterns. In this post, we tell you how to do that!

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Law School Class Schedule – Bar Subjects or Personal Interests?

Law School Class Schedule – Bar Subjects or Personal Interests?

As the semester starts to wind down, many students start to think about what their law school class schedule for next year will look like.  Picking classes can seem somewhat daunting, especially for 1Ls who had virtually their entire first year planned for them.  A lot of the class topics might be completely unfamiliar.  One easy way to break down the options, however, is to divide the subjects into ones that are on the bar exam and ones that aren’t.  When I (Laura) was a 1L my favorite question to ask older students, advisors, professors, etc. was whether I should be taking bar subjects or subjects of personal interest.  Unfortunately I never really got a straight answer.  Now that I’ve been through both law school and the bar exam, I have a better perspective. So, when planning out your law school class schedule, prioritize classes that are of interest to you!

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Why Briefing Cases in Law School is a Waste of Time

Why Briefing Cases in Law School is a Waste of Time

Why Briefing Cases in Law School is a Waste of Time: Law school is filled with a seemingly never-ending amount of work.  The amount of assigned reading alone can be overwhelming and is comprised of almost completely unfamiliar content.  Many students come into law school having never read a court opinion before; suddenly reading assignments are full of them. In order to try to absorb all of the information presented in a case, students resort to case briefing, a strategy commonly taught by professors in the first week.

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Should I Brief Cases In Law School?

Should I Brief Cases In Law School?

Should I Brief Cases In Law School?: On day 1 of my first year legal research and writing class we learned about briefing cases.  We were taught how to break down cases into their components (procedural history, issue presented, facts, rule, reasoning/analysis, conclusion), and we learned the importance of each.  Our first homework assignment was to make a word document template for briefing cases and to then fill it in for one case.  The assumption was that this would become a habit and we would make a word document brief for every case we encountered in our reading.

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I’m Struggling in Law School – What Should I Do?

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I’m Struggling in Law School – What Should I Do?

It is a common misnomer that in law school, nothing matters until the final exam. It is true that in many classes, the majority of your overall grade in the class comes from your score on the final exam. However, one of the biggest mistakes you can make in law school is not devoting enough time to day-to-day preparation.  If you find yourself struggling in law school around the middle of the semester, this would be a good time to re-evaluate the strategies you’re using to prepare for class each day.

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The Ins and Outs of Law School Clinics

The Ins and Outs of Law School Clinics

Last week we posted about the three main law school extracurricular activities 2L and 3L students can participate in and why it is highly beneficial to do so (you can read that post by clicking the link!). This week we wanted to offer some guidance on another wonderful opportunity 2Ls and 3Ls should consider – law school clinics!!  Most programs require all students to complete some sort of field work requirement before they graduate. Law school clinics are an excellent way to meet it! Continue reading

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Ashley Heidemann from JD Advising LLC participates in University of Detroit Mercy Law School’s Professionalism in Action

Ashley Heidemann from JD Advising LLC  (pictured first on the left in the second row, above) participates in the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Professionalism in Action program.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law hosts
Professionalism in Action Event

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The Ins and Outs of Law School Extracurriculars

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The Ins and Outs of Law School Extracurriculars: During the second semester of your first year of law school, the “shock factor” of this new environment is finally starting to wear off and you’re beginning to settle in to the routines necessary to succeed.  However, contemplating your second year can bring on an entire new set of anxieties.  Not only are you on your own for choosing classes, there is a whole new world of extracurricular activities.

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Law School Time Savers – What Works and What Doesn’t

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Law School Time Savers – What Works and What Doesn’t

Law School Time Savers – What Works and What Doesn’t: The amount of work that is assigned in law school can seem overwhelming.  It is important to develop study habits that save time while also help you learn all the necessary material.  There are a lot of short cuts out there, but while some might help you get through the work quicker, they won’t put you in the best position to get the grades you want on the exam.  So which time savers work, and which ones don’t?

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How To Stay Healthy In Law School

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How To Stay Healthy In Law School: Staying healthy in law school is very important. With the amount of reading, writing, and studying required to do well, a sickness can really set you back academically. Below are our tips for how to stay healthy in law school. Use them as a guide to help keep yourself in going strong!

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How Do I Prepare for Second Semester of Law School?

How Do I  Prepare for Second Semester of Law School?

Many students email us right around now and ask us how to prepare for their second semester of law school over winter break. Some of them are very nervous about how finals went. Others realize that their study plans first semester were not ideal for succeeding on law school final exams and they want to make some serious changes. If you are wondering what to do over winter break to prepare for second semester of law school, here are some great steps to take.

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Top 5 Mistakes Students Make on First-Year Law School Exams

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Law school final exams are right around the corner. It’s not too late to take steps to increase your chances of writing a high-scoring essay answer. To help you put your best foot forward, we explain common mistakes that you should try to avoid on your law school exams!

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Two Important Tips To Law Students From a Recent Grad

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Two Important Tips To Law Students From a Recent Grad

The follow post is by a recent law school graduate who passed the bar exam and is looking for employment as a lawyer. These are the two critical tips to law students she wished she knew during law school!

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A Not-To-Do List for Law School Final Exams

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If you are getting ready to study for law school final exams, it is helpful to not only create a to-do list, but also a not-to-do list so that you can avoid picking up bad habits and wasting time. Often, what you don’t do is as important as what you actually get done! And what you don’t do will directly influence what you are able to get done!  Here are some ideas for your not-to-do list:

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How To Write A Law School Exam Answer

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 How To Write A Law School Exam Answer: Are you unsure of how to prepare for your law school exam? The first place to start is by checking your syllabus or asking your professor what the format of the final exam will be. If your exam is multi-faceted (i.e., essay, short answer and/or multiple choice), pay attention to the weight of each section. Prioritize your studying by starting with the most heavily weighted types of questions. Below we give you some tips on how to write a law school exam answer, based on the type of question asked.

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