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Briefing Cases In Law School Is Overrated

Briefing Cases in Law School

Briefing Cases In Law School Is Overrated

Usually one of the first tips an incoming law student receives is that he or she should brief every case that they are assigned. This is one of the worst pieces of advice! In fact, it could have an adverse effect on your performance on law school exams. Below we explain why briefing cases in law school is a big mistake.

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What Is My Bar Exam Learning Style?

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You probably already know that there are different learning “styles.” And you may already know how you learn best. This is really important because for bar exam prep you will be expected to learn and understand a lot of material in a short period of time. So, knowing how you learn best or which bar exam learning style works best for you will maximize your study time.

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Top 5 Last Minute MBE Tips

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Top 5 Last Minute MBE Tips

In this post, we discuss our top five last minute MBE tips. You may wonder if there is anything you can do – or avoid doing – at the last minute to improve your MBE score. And the good news is, there is! You can improve your Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) score by keeping these last minute MBE tips in mind.

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How to Study for the Bar Exam in a Week – A Procrastinator’s Guide

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There is one week left until the bar exam. If you are like many people that “put things off” to the last minute, you are not alone.  We are not saying you can complete a comprehensive bar exam prep program in a week. However, it is possible to boost your score significantly with the week you have left — especially if you use your time most effectively.

Here we have some general tips first – then a schedule to follow if you are looking for a day-by-day schedule of what to do the last week of bar prep. Continue reading

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Are You Freaking Out About the Bar Exam Now That It’s July? Here’s What to Do…

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Are You Freaking Out About the Bar Exam Now That It’s July?

Are You Freaking Out About the Bar Exam Now That It’s July?: As the calendar turns from June to July, you’ve probably realized that the bar exam is now less than a month away. You’re also probably freaking out about it. You might feel like you’ve accomplished absolutely nothing, or that there is still way too much to do. You’ll wish you could just stop time, even for a short while, just to get a break.

But instead of wasting energy by freaking out over the bar exam, now is the time to step back and think about how far you’ve come. It is also time to reevaluate your study plan to make sure that the next few weeks are as productive as possible. In this post, we tell you some steps to take now that it is July.

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Sign up for JD Advising’s MBE Strategies Series!

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Struggling with the MBE and looking for tips? Sign up for JD Advising’s MBE Strategies Series!

Are you taking the bar exam and struggling with the Multistate Bar Exam portion?  Even if you are not struggling, are you looking for additional help to boost your score? If so, we strongly urge you to sign up for our free MBE Strategies series!

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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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One Month Until The Bar Exam – Make Sure You Are Doing These Three Things!

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One Month Until The Bar Exam –
Make Sure You Are Doing These Three Things!

One Month Until The Bar Exam – Make Sure You Are Doing These Three Things!: With one month until the bar exam left, we suggest you avoid the top three mistakes that bar exam takers make.

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Should I Take Time Off Work to Study for the Bar Exam?

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Should I Take Time Off Work to Study for the Bar Exam?

Studying for the bar exam is one of the most important things you will ever do in your professional career.  For this reason, it is critical that you put as much effort into it as possible and that you try to do it correctly.  Taking the bar is incredibly stressful and time consuming, which is all the more reason to do everything you can so that you only have to take it once!  Many people preparing for the exam also have a job, making wondering whether you should take time off work to study for the bar exam a very common question.

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How to Prepare for the DC Bar Exam

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How to Prepare for the DC Bar Exam: The District of Columbia adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in July 2016. You need a minimum scaled score of 266 (out of a possible 400 points) to pass the exam. The DC bar exam does not have an additional jurisdiction-specific component that examinees must complete in order to become licensed. If you are wondering how to begin preparing for the DC bar exam, we have some tips for you!

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How To Prepare For The UBE

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How To Prepare For The UBE

How To Prepare For The UBE: Are you taking the bar exam in a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state? Are you unsure of how to begin studying for the exam? Below we give you some tips on how to prepare for the UBE more effectively.

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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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