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.
When Should I Start My Law School Outlines?
Many students ask us “when should I start my law school outlines?” To answer this question simply—sooner rather than later!
Most law schools started about two weeks ago, and so this is the perfect time to start the outlining process. Why start so early, you may ask? Well here is why: Continue reading
Are you a visual person? Do you prefer colors, pictures, and diagrams over black-and-white words? It might be worth it to try incorporating some diagrams into your law school outlines.
For example, contract formation can be broken down using words. This can help you memorize the elements of contract formation and become familiar with the words. However, you can put the same exact outline into picture format, as is pictured to the left.
Even if you are not a “visual” person, sometimes it helps to break things up and use a visual method to memorize a concept. This can be especially helpful with trickier concepts, for example, UCC 2-207. Most students struggle with UCC 2-207 quite a bit. If you put it into a picture format (as pictured below) it can really help you memorize it. Continue reading
Have you started your outlines already? Wondering if they are too long, too short, too case-oriented, or otherwise on the right track? Send one to us this week! From today through Sunday at 9:00 PM, we are happy to read your outline, tell you if you are on track, and answer any and all questions you have about law school – no strings attached. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past, students have sent us not only their outlines, but also their study schedules, questions about how to approach a legal writing assignment, and career questions. We can’t promise to know all the answers, but we do promise to help you as much as we can.
All outline-reviewing and law school advice-giving is done by Ashley Heidemann, an attorney who graduated #1 in her class of over 200 students in her class of 2011 and has been tutoring law students ever since.
If you decide to email us, we won’t add you to our newsletter or spam email you or tell you that you need tutoring. We will simply review your outline, answer your questions, press “SEND” to respond to your email, and leave you alone! We keep all questions, outlines, and inquiries 100 percent confidential. Continue reading
Before discussing when to start outlining in law school, let’s answer a more important question:
What is outlining?
Outlining is the process of condensing all of your class notes, cases, and everything you learn throughout the semester into something that is manageable and easy to learn. In law school, you will be expected to make an outline for each of your substantive law classes (such as Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Civil Procedure). The only course you will not be expected to make an outline for is any Legal Research or Writing class you may have. (For an in-depth guide to outlining, see this post.) Continue reading