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Law Student How-To Articles Learn how to survive and thrive in law school and beyond. Whether you're contemplating law school, starting your 1L year or an upper-class law student preparing for the Bar Exam, the team at Aspen Publishing is here to help you succeed. Below you'll find a library of content packed with practical tips and trusted resources to help you every step along the way of your law school journey.
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How-to Ace Law School Midterms
While they can feel stressful, midterms should be viewed as a measuring stick for where you are in your understanding of legal analysis, and where you need to be by the final exam. For many schools, midterms are a small part of your overall grade, so they can be a great way to test your preparation methods and study habits early in the semester. What can you do now to better position yourself to succeed? Here is some friendly advice on how to ace your law school midterms: Have a game plan and stick to it.Set up a day-by-day schedule for studying for each class starting from now through to midterms. Allot more study time for your more challenging courses. Tip: Struggling with Civil Procedure?Get help with PracticePerfect Civil Procedure, an engaging interactive study aid that explains commonly encountered legal doctrines through easy-to-understand animated videos, illustrative examples, and numerous practice questions. Click here to learn more about PracticePerfect. Budget this time around the hours you will need for class and to keep up with the assigned reading, because you will be tested on everything, including the most recent material covered. Identify your strengths and weaknesses.Review your syllabus, class notes, and highlighted sections of your casebook to create a “hit list” of topics for study. Pay particular attention to any material or key points your professor repeatedly covered in class, as this is likely to be on the test. Flag the material that you find most difficult so you can focus on learning what you need to know. After all, you don’t want to waste precious study time reviewing content you’ve already mastered. Find out about the test format.What will it be: multiple-choice, short-answer, essay, or a combination of question formats? Practice answering the type of questions you’ll be asked for greater efficiency when studying. For example, if your midterm will feature a multiple-choice format, consider prepping with the popular Glannon Guides series. Glannon Guides offer multiple-choice questions and analysis of both correct and incorrect answers so you can identify the important elements within the questions and learn to answer them correctly. Team up with a great study partner.Chances are your classmates are using study guides to prepare and you should, too. In addition to Glannon Guides, the Emanuel series of study guides is among the most trusted when it comes to law school prep. The Emanuel CrunchTime series helps you review material through flow charts and capsule summaries, plus it provides short-answer, multiple-choice and essay Q&As so you can test your knowledge. Also popular is the Emanuel Law in a Flash series. Great for studying on-the-go, this comprehensive flashcard set is coded by topic and poses a hypothetical question on one side of the card, with the answer provided on the other. Students can review the whole deck, break out specific topics to focus on, or do last minute brush up on black letter law by studying the cards designated for quick review. Go digital for an interactive experience.Glannon Guides (along with other popular study aids like Emanuel Law Outlines and Examples & Explanations) are now available in a digital-only format that delivers instant help to your Casebook Connect bookshelf. Each digital study aid includes an online e-book with search, highlighting, and notetaking capabilities; access to an interactive Study Center filled with practice questions, and an Outline Tool that compiles notes and highlights for a quick start to a course outline. Love using flashcards for quick review? Law in a Flash powered by SpacedRepetition, an award-winning educational platform, transforms trusted content into digital flashcards powered by an algorithm that can help you remember up to 92% of what you’ve learned. Don't forget to give your brain a break.Research shows that your brain assimilates information better under certain conditions, so put science to work for you. Chunk your study sessions into 45-60 minute segments and give yourself at least a 15-minute break before cracking the books again. Forget the all-nighters, too, which are linked to impaired cognitive function the next day. Instead, plan to get a good night's sleep while your subconscious does its job of storing information so you can retrieve it when needed (like during your midterm). Curb your Internet enthusiasm.Surfing the web, keeping up with social media and checking on emails can be distracting. To avoid wasting time, confine these activities to your scheduled breaks. If willpower is not enough and you find you need some additional help, consider one of the many apps available to block your access for a pre-set amount of time like Self Control or Freedom.
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How-to Reboot for Second Semester Success in Law School
Welcome to the New Year returning law students! The holidays are over, grades are out, and soon you’ll be back on campus (if you’re not already) for second semester. No matter how you performed grade-wise last semester, now is the time to make a resolution to reboot your study habits for greater success and to improve your GPA. Even if you crushed it, remember that second semester students are bound to be savvier and more competitive than before—so read on to check out great tips on how to become more efficient when it comes to learning the law. Even if you crushed it, remember that second semester students are bound to be savvier and more competitive than ever before – so read on to check out great tips on how to become more efficient when it comes to learning the law. Learn from your exams.When it comes to grades, the opinions of your professors are the only ones that matter. Be sure to get your exams back, then make appointments to discuss them with your professors. Find out where you racked up points, didn’t go into enough detail and left points on the table, or wasted time by providing extraneous information. This insight will help when preparing for future exams. Additionally, if one or more of your courses continue into the new semester, you’ll have a better understanding concerning what the professor is looking for and rewarding on exams. Audit your skill set.Keeping up with course reading, note taking, briefing cases, creating outlines, and answering practice questions to get ready for exams are skills you need to hone. Ask yourself if you allotted adequate time for each of these tasks throughout last semester so you can plan accordingly. Review your notes and outlines for clarity and brevity, with an eye for improvement during the coming semester. Take a hard look at the structure of your study habits.Just as personalities differ, there will no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to studying that will guarantee you success. Now, before the semester gets into full swing is the perfect time to reflect on what worked for you, and what didn’t. Ask yourself the following: Where were you most focused and least distracted when studying? At the library, a quiet nook at home, or somewhere else? When was your most productive time of day? What about study groups? Helpful, a waste of time, or something you avoided but now think might be worthwhile? Use the answers to these questions to set up a study strategy and stick to it.. Identify past problem areas and get support early.It’s natural to find some courses more difficult than others, from understanding the big picture, to mastering a mountain of material, to applying the rules correctly. Most students find study aids helpful, but often wait until midterms or finals are looming before using them. A better approach is to purchase study aids at the start of the semester and begin using them early on for maximum benefit. Choose the Best Study Aid for You Problem: Memorizing black letter law.For years, Emanuel® Law in a Flash has been trusted for the prodigious content, accessibility, and speed it brings to law school study. Now, this popular flash card series has been transformed into digital flash cards powered by, named one of the Top 20 Legal IT Innovations 2017 by ALM Legal Week. Using a scientifically proven method, helps law students retain more of what they learn to get more out of every study session. A unique algorithm learns what students are struggling with and uses this information to prompt studying at just the right time. To check it out, visit Problem: Understanding relationships between key concepts.As you read your casebook and attend class, you may have difficulty figuring out how the readings and lectures build on each other. In this case, turn to the Examples & Explanations series, which provides an alternative perspective to help you learn. E&Es provide key definitions, a thorough review of rules and concepts, and hypothetical examples of how to apply the law so you can assess your comprehension. The detailed explanations (analysis) that follow the hypos make it easier to comprehend complex material. Problem: Feeling overwhelmed by the volume of course material.This is where a top-notch outline can help you master course material. Emanuel Law Outlines covers topics, cases, and black letter law in an easily digested format. To help you consolidate your learning as you go, Essay Q&As make it easy to test your knowledge and zero in on areas for continued study. Worried about the final exam? ELOs feature capsule summaries and exam tips that include issues and fact patterns often used on tests. Problem: Applying the rules correctly.Constant feedback is important to let you know how you’re doing, which is why answering practice questions is so important. Glannon Guides help you learn with a thorough review of course content through multiple choice questions. A complete analysis of both correct and incorrect answers brings clarity to the nuances of the law and its application. More challenging questions at the end of each chapter – called “closers” – test students’ ability to synthesize the answers to more sophisticated questions, and is followed by an entire final chapter of “closers” covering all material. Bonus Tip: Go digital for an interactive experience with meaningful feedback. Trusted by law students, Examples & Explanations series, Emanuel Law Outlines, and Glannon Guides are now available in a digital-only format in addition to the traditional print format. Each Digital Study Aid includes an online e-book with search, highlighting, and notetaking capabilities; access to an interactive Study Center filled with practice questions that allows students to track their progress, and an Outline Tool that compiles notes and highlights to help jump start a course outline.
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