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Why You SHOULDN’T Brief Cases In Law School!

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Why You SHOULDN’T Brief Cases In Law School!

Usually, one of the first things taught in legal research and writing class is how to brief a case. Many students, after learning this one of their first days of law school, brief cases for the next three years. However, this is a mistake!

I (Ashley Heidemann) graduated as the #1 student in my class of 203 students at Wayne State University in 2011 and I never briefed cases!

Read further to see why you should NOT brief cases in law school.

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Taking the August MPRE? Sign up for JD Advising’s MPRE Course!

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Taking the August MPRE? Sign up for JD Advising’s MPRE Course!: Are you practicing for the MPRE and still struggling with the questions? Have you taken the MPRE previously and failed? If you’re struggling with passing the MPRE, we highly recommend our Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam Course! We had a 100% passage rate among first time and repeat MPRE takers for the August 2016 administration! We have above a 90% passage rate overall — and this includes students who are taking the MPRE for the first time – or who are taking it for the second, third, fourth+ time.

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The 1L Orientation Experience – What is it Like?

The 1L Orientation Experience

The 1L Orientation Experience: For any incoming 1L student, it is perfectly normal for the anxiety and nerves to be high.  Luckily for you, pretty much every member of your class is feeling the same way right now.  Law school is completely unknown to you.  You’ve probably heard a lot of horror stories, or seen the t.v. show portrayals – but everything is still a mystery.  But while law school is extremely difficult, it can also be a great experience.  You’ll make lifelong friends, meet incredibly supportive mentors, and develop skills that will benefit you in so many ways.

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Should I Take the MPRE the Summer After 1L Year?

Should I Take the MPRE the Summer After 1L Year?

Should I Take the MPRE the Summer After 1L Year?: Now that your first year of law school is completely behind you (yay!), one thing to start thinking about is when to take the professional responsibility exam.  The MPRE is offered three times a year: March, August, and November.  You have to achieve a passing score on the MPRE before you can receive your law license in most states. (Some states limit the number of times you can take the bar exam without a passing MPRE score. A couple states prohibit you from taking the bar exam at all until you pass the MPRE!)

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Tips for Trying Out for Law Review

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Tips for Trying Out for Law Review

Joining an extracurricular activity during law school like Law Review, Moot Court, or Mock Trial can be very beneficial.  Potential employers love seeing participation in these groups on your resumes – in fact, some even require it!  The skills you develop are invaluable for your future as a lawyer.  For current 1Ls, now that your first year is nearly complete, it is time to start considering whether you would like to join one of these activities.  I, Laura, previously wrote a post detailing what is involved for each of the three main extracurriculars and what skill sets they are suited for.  My personal experience is in Law Review, and so I would like to share some tips for those who are thinking about trying out for Law Review.

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Should I Study the Day of a Law School Exam?

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Should I Study the Day of a Law School Exam?

Should I Study the Day of a Law School Exam?: It can be very tempting to want to wake up early the morning of an exam to get a few last hours of studying in. Try to resist this temptation! It is not usually a good idea to study the day of a law school exam.  There are better things you could be doing with your time in those last remaining hours. You are likely going to feel stressed and overwhelmed that day (perfectly normal!), but you don’t want to do anything that could add to that.  If you’re feeling panicky and trying to frantically review information you probably already know, you risk unnecessarily confusing yourself.  You don’t want to risk altering what your brain has already stored correctly.  Trust yourself and the studying that you have already done!

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Law School Final Exam Week Tips

Law School Final Exam Week Tips

Law School Final Exam Week Tips: With final exams rapidly approaching, it’s time to focus on only what is absolutely necessary for success on your exams.  It can be a stressful period, but try not to let it overwhelm you. (If you’re feeling too anxious already, see this post with great tips on lowering stress during finals!)  Stop thinking about all those tiny details in the countless cases you read – let those go!  Focus on memorizing the black letter law and practicing how to issue spot.  This is where the points are for law school finals, not in remembering what the plaintiff argued in a specific case. Here are some more tips on what to do during law school final exam week!

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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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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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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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