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How To Lower Stress During Law School Finals

How to Lower Stress During Law School Finals

One of the most important keys to success on law school finals is to manage your stress. The thought of your upcoming finals can be very overwhelming, but you will perform much better if you stay relaxed.  Your brain can only do so much at once, so why waste energy worrying over something you can control with good study habits?  This post will offer you a few tips on how to lower stress during law school finals.  And try to remember, law school is a marathon, not a sprint.  If something happens to go wrong, there are plenty of other chances to make up for it.

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How to Study Effectively For Law School Exams

Study Effectively For Law School Exams

How to Study Effectively For Law School Exams

Now that there are only a few weeks left in the semester, it is time to start thinking about how to study effectively for law school exams.  It is important to make sure that you are not wasting the valuable time that you do have on tactics that will not be helpful in the end. At this point you should already have made significant progress on all of your outlines.  If you haven’t, make sure you’re concentrating heavily on that!  Doing detailed case briefs from your readings this late in the semester is not beneficial – your outlines are a much more critical tool for success on the final. If you are feeling a little lost, or feeling the pressure build up, here are some excellent do’s and don’ts on how to study effectively for law school exams!

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How To Make A Law School Finals Study Schedule

How To Make A Law School Finals Study Schedule

Since final exams in law school make up the vast majority of your final grade, it is very important that you learn how to study for finals correctly.  A significant part of that is developing a personalized law school finals study schedule!  Since most of your friends are probably taking different classes, their finals schedule will be completely different than yours – thus the need to make your own!  Your study schedule needs to emphasize the most important elements of studying for law school finals: finishing your outlines, reviewing/memorizing your outlines, and taking practice exams.

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Wayne State Law Students – Join Us Tomorrow, March 28th for a Q&A Session!

Wayne State Law Students – Join Us Tomorrow, March 28th for Lunch and a Bar Exam Q&A Session!

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Whether you’re preparing to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), months away from starting law school, ready to take law school exams or beginning your bar exam preparation, JD Advising’s newsletter has something for you.  Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest information on our courses as well as strategies, tips and tactics on how to manage all things law related.  

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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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Join JD Advising’s Ashley Heidemann for an AMA on Scholastica Law Review Editors LinkedIn Group

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Are you a law student looking for advice on how to study?  Do you have questions about the bar exam preparation process? Join JD Advising’s Ashley Heidemann for an AMA on Scholastica Law Review Editors LinkedIn Group

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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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Looking For Last Minute MPRE Tutoring?

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Looking For Last Minute MPRE Tutoring?

The MPRE is right around the corner. Many people who have starting studying usually realize that they have questions around this time. And there are others who have not yet started studying and are starting to get nervous about their lack of preparation. No matter what your situation you are in, we can help you. What can a last minute MPRE tutoring session do for you?

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If you are a University of Detroit Mercy School of Law student, join our JD Advising UDM Law Facebook Group!

Are you a University of Detroit Mercy School of Law student? Would you like more information on how to succeed in law school and the bar exam?  If so, join our JD Advising UDM Law Facebook group! 

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Should I Get An MPRE Tutor?

Should I Get An MPRE Tutor?

Often times the MPRE is talked about as being an “easy” exam. But what people aren’t talking about is that MANY people struggle to pass this test.

In our opinion, the MPRE is a tough exam and it is something that should be taken seriously! If you are considering getting an MPRE tutor, the following are a few reasons why you should.

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Are You Nervous For The MPRE?

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Are You Nervous For The MPRE?

Are You Nervous For The MPRE?: Many people put off thinking about the MPRE until the week or so right before the exam. This approach causes many people to get nervous for the MPRE. There are many ways to combat this stress. Here are some tips to help you calm your nerves and pass the exam!

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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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I Can’t Pass the MPRE

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I Can’t Pass the MPRE!

Can’t pass the MPRE? Have you taken the MPRE once, twice, three times, four times, or more? You are not alone! We have had students come to us for private tutoring for the MPRE on their seventh time taking it. We also have students who take the MPRE multiple times yet pass the bar exam on their first try.

There is something about the MPRE that makes it very difficult for very smart, successful students to pass!

So, if you can’t seem to pass the MPRE, you may need to change your approach completely! Sometimes changing how you are thinking about and preparing for the MPRE can make a big difference in score.

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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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