Where Can I Find Law School Outlines?

Law_SchoolWhere can I find Law School Outlines?  Law school final exams are right around the corner. The best way to prepare for law school final exams is to learn the law then figure out how to apply it. (Download our free guide on how to excel on law school final exams here if you want an overview!)

We are huge proponents of the idea that the best law school outlines you can acquire are the ones you write yourself. Outlining will help you internalize, organize, and become familiar with the concepts in a way that simply looking at someone else’s outline will not.  (And, by the way, we have a stellar outlining guide here if you need some tips for how to start your outlines!) 

With that said, it is sometimes useful to have an law school outline that someone else wrote. In particular, an outline from someone who had your same professor can help if:

  • You are struggling to organize some topics or see how they fit together.
  • Something caused you to miss class during the semester and have gaps in your class notes.
  • You are worried about being called on − very detailed outlines frequently have professor’s questions and the answers to those questions in the outline.

Where can I find law school outlines?

There are two sources that prove pretty fruitful:

  • First, ask to see if any of your friends have outlines. If you belong to a student group, ask the 2L’s and 3L’s for their outlines − they frequently share their outlines with their law school classmates, particularly if you are a 1L who isn’t competing with them. If you don’t belong to a student group, as your friends that do!
  • There are a few great online sources. One is Study Standard. They have several outlines online (almost 600 Civil Procedure outlines to choose from, for example!). They are cheaper than outline depot (which is another source, we’ll talk about in a second) but both follow the same idea.  Outline depot also has several outlines from a variety of professors. All of the outlines are uploaded from students. You are able to search for outlines by professor. Some of the outlines are high quality and some aren’t, but you can preview them prior to purchasing them. They are not very expensive and you can even “trade” an outline you have for an outline on their website.

Do I need to have law school outlines from 2L’s and 3L’s to succeed?

No. I never had very many outlines from upperclass students and did just fine! In fact, some students say that having outlines can be detrimental to doing well in law school. Indeed, the negative effect of having an outline from someone else is sometimes it is tempting to not make your own. Further, sometimes you rely on someone else’s organization rather than doing the “heavy lifting” and organizing your outline yourself. You can rob yourself of the benefits that come with outlining if you rely too heavily on the law school outlines of others.

The takeaway from all of this is that outlines that others make can be great resources, but only if used correctly!

If you are aware of any other good sources for law school outlines, please feel free to post in the comments section below!

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