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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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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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Five Essential Last Minute Bar Exam Tips

Five Essential Last Minute Bar Exam Tips

Taking the bar exam in a few days? Here are five essential last minute bar exam tips to keep in mind. These last minute bar exam tips make the difference between passing and failing for some!

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My Bar Exam Flash Cards Story

My Bar Exam Flashcards Story

My Bar Exam Flashcards Story: Most everyone takes some risks in their bar prep studying; most make some misstates as well.  One of the keys to creating a study strategy that works best for you, and to help minimize the negative consequences of your mistakes and risks, is to understand how you learn.  One of the biggest risks that I (Laura) took while studying for the bar was to insert the creation of flashcards into my study schedule.  Unfortunately I let this extra task spiral out of control. It took too much time away from other important aspects of bar preparation.  My mistake was not fatal however, because I understood enough about myself and how I learn to make sure that I got enough value out of my flash card project.

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Top 10 Bar Exam Productivity Tips

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Top 10 Bar Exam Productivity Tips

Top 10 Bar Exam Productivity Tips: As we get closer and closer to February, the bar exam is closer! Right now is the time you should be hitting your stride in studying. If you find that you aren’t getting as much done as you would like, we have 10 bar exam productivity tips to help get you back on track!

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LSAT Tips for Procrastinators

 LSAT Tips for Procrastinators

It happens to everyone: you keep meaning to study, and you just never get around to it. Things pop up in your life: work, relationships, family issues. And for you, it happened before the LSAT! While it’s ideal to be as prepared as possible to take the test, we do have some LSAT tips for procrastinators below! They are applicable to those who have studied, or haven’t studied enough!

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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 Memorize Bar Exam Outlines!

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How To Memorize Bar Exam Outlines!

How To Memorize Bar Exam Outlines: Many students struggle with how to memorize bar exam outlines. There is SO much to do. And so little time! How do you conquer this monumental task?

You may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to do this. And that is actually normal. Many students do not learn how to memorize until they study for the bar exam! So if you are just now learning how to memorize, you are not alone! Take it slowly and give the process a chance and you will find yourself retaining  lot of information.

The author of this post (Ashley Heidemann) received a 180 on the MBE. I studied a lot and of course did practice problems, but I found memorizing the details of the law was the biggest contributor to my overall score. After all, as anyone who has completed any multiple choice practice questions can tell you, the MBE tests the nuances and the details of the law.

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How to Create a Daily Bar Exam Study Schedule

How to Create a Daily Bar Exam Study Schedule

daily_bar_exam_study_schedule, how to create a daily bar exam study schedule, daily bar study schedule Are you having trouble creating an effective bar exam study schedule? Below we provide a sample week-long schedule that you can use as a guideline in creating your own. Additionally, we provide some tips that will help you maximize the time you spend studying for the exam. (To make the image bigger, click on it and it will open in a new tab!)

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Tips For Outlining Bar Exam Essays On Exam Day

Tips For Outlining Bar Exam Essays On Exam Day

Are you having trouble figuring out how to best organize your essay answers? Creating a short outline can be an effective tool to help you with organization and time management. Below we provide some tips for outlining bar exam essays — try to incorporate some of these strategies as you do your practice essays.

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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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25 Best Bar Exam Tips – From Someone Who Scored a 180 on the MBE

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25 Best Bar Exam Tips

Bar exam tips are as varied as there are people in the world. Everyone who passes has their own tricks or tips that were effective for them. The following bar exam tips, however, are ones that worked for us and that we have seen work with great success. Whether you struggle with getting started, or want tips on a specific part of the exam, the following 25 bar exam tips work time and time again with our students! This is written by founder of JD Advising, Ashley Heidemann, who scored a 180 on the MBE and a 184 on the essay portion of the Michigan bar exam in February 2011. In other words, she scored in the 99th percentile for both portions of the bar exam.

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Law School Time Management Tips

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If you are in law school, you may find that you “run out of time” to get everything done. However, we bet that if you try some of our law school time management tips that you will find that you have a little extra time. Take a look at some of our top time management tips.

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I’m Worried About My MBE Score!

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“I’m worried about my MBE score!” For many law students, the MBE portion of the bar examination is a source of anxiety.

During bar exam preparation, many students find that they struggle with this portion over the essay portion.

Since your MBE score is about 50% of your passing grade depending on what jurisdiction you are in, it is imperative to strengthen your MBE muscle as much as possible prior to taking the bar exam. If you are discouraged because you repeatedly get MBE questions incorrect, this post is dedicated to you!

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Our 7 Best Workflow Tips

7 best workflow tipsOur 7 Best Workflow tips: Nothing is more annoying than spending a day unmotivated, dragging your feet. Or realizing you have spent the past two hours on Facebook instead of getting anything done. Or, seeing half of your to-do list left for tomorrow. Here are our five best workflow tips to combat unproductivity and inefficiency.  Whether you are a law student, a lawyer, or something else entirely, we hope our seven best workflow tips can help you! Continue reading

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