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What Are the Different Types of Law School Exams?

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Exams are right around the corner. What are the different types of law school exams you can expect?

Outlining for Law School Exams
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Need Help Outlining for Law School Exams?

Tuesday April 22, 2014

WelcomeHi Everyone. This is my first blog post as an About.com Expert. I am very happy to be here.

First, a bit about me. I am the co-founder of the Law School Toolbox, the Bar Exam Toolbox, and Trebuchet, which are resources for law students, young lawyers and those studying for the bar exam. In 2009, I founded Amicus Tutoring, which offers one-on-one test preparation to help students study for the California Bar Exam and law school exams. My professional passion is helping people find success in law school, the bar exam and then find a place in the legal profession where they can be happy and successful.

As it is law school exam time, I wanted to start off with content to help you prepare for your law school exams.

First, let's tackle the very important topic of outlines. Please check out the links below for tips on outlining for your law school exams (yes, you need to outline!).

  • What is the point of law school outlines? Many law students wonder, "What's the point of law school outlines?" Once law students understand the purpose of outlines, it is easier to allocate time to work on them as well as make useful outlines that actually help in the study process.
  • How to outline for different types of law school exams. Law students often wonder if they need different outlines for different types of law school exams (because we all already agree that outlining is important). The answer is--in true law school fashion--it depends. In this post I talk about how to outline for different types of law school exams.
  • What is an attack plan? You may have heard about "attack plans" in class, from your academic support office, or even from your study group. But many law students don't understand what an attack plan actually is or how it can help them outline and study for exams. That is a problem, because attack plans are the exam-taking "secret sauce."

Have any other questions about outlining for law school exams? Please leave them in the comments.

Thanks for reading,

Lee

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What Are the Requirements for Law School?

Tuesday August 30, 2011

As application season comes upon us, you may want to make sure you're up to speed on essentials before you begin filling out forms.

Check out Law School Requirements for a checklist of the basics you'll need to even be considered by ABA-accredited law schools across the country. Then, when you're ready to proceed, follow the step-by-step process for applying to law school.

If you're not sure where to apply, have a look at choosing a law school as that information can help you narrow down the field -- and think about visiting law schools you're considering as well.

P.S. This is my last blog post here at About.com, but I am now offering personal statement review and editing services through Personal Statement Artist. Please feel free to come by if you need help with your personal statement or anything law-school related. Best of luck!

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What's the Deal with Case Briefs?

Thursday August 25, 2011

Those of you entering 1L are hearing or about to hear much ado about case briefs. Everyone has an opinion on them, whether they're worth doing, what should be in them, etc., but the decision on case briefs will come down to you.

For me, I found doing a few for each class during the first couple weeks of law school was helpful for getting a feel for what the important parts of cases are. After that, in my humble opinion, they're a waste of time. Once you learn how to read a case to pick out facts, issue, holding, and rationale, you're good to go, but for more information on case briefs, see the following:

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Congrats to Newly ABA-Accredited Law Schools

Tuesday August 23, 2011

The ABA has announced the full accreditation of Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law in Philadelphia and the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina.

Congratulations to the schools and their students!

For profiles of many of the country's ABA-accredited law schools, be sure to check out the Law School Profiles section.

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