The IRAC method of legal reasoning and writing is fundamental to many entry-level law courses. It represents the acronym for Issue, Rule, Analysis/Application, and Conclusion. The method is helpful once understood, but it can be difficult to learn and teach. This article illustrates how to use the IRAC
If you spend a lot of time studying but feel like your hard work has yet to help you on exams, it is time to take a good look at your study habits. By incorporating metacognition into your study routine regularly, you can improve.
One of the most important tools for studying for exams in law school is the outline. Our law school expert, Heather Buck from JD Advising, provided strategies for outlining and a step-by-step process for creating your outline in a recent Virtual Office Hours session with the
Law students include many kinesthetic-tactile learners. In the simplest of terms, kinesthetic means movement, and tactile means touch. Kinesthetic-tactile students will differ from one another because of the strength and combinations of these two attributes for each individual. One student may have a very strong
Legal analysis is one of the most challenging concepts for new law students to master. This is because human brains usually connect the dots automatically without considering how to articulate what we instinctively know. Using conditional syllogisms is a helpful hack for constructing persuasive analysis. You have probably
Getting cold-called in law school is a rite of passage that every student will experience at some point.
Here are five tips to hit the ground running once you’ve formed your law school study group.
Too much studying can cause burnout. By adopting small changes in study habits, you can develop the skills you need to get the grades without the burnout.
Law students are not typically taught time management and productivity skills. Even students that are skilled in these areas in classroom settings do not yet have the time management skills required for legal practice. Falling short in this area impacts their ability to be effective not only in law school, but in
I’m not one to keep tabs open on my computer, but in the summer before my 1L year, I had about 20. Public speaking practice, law school strategies, study aids, books, advice on making friends with teachers and self-help—even potential spa offers. Searching for the right spa can
At Kaplan Bar Review, we’ve been combining asynchronous learning with live online sessions for over 10 years. We’d love to help you navigate these uncertain times by sharing best practices for blended learning and engaging students in synchronous online sessions, learned from training thousands of teachers who have delivered classes to hundreds of thousands of students live online.
In normal times, who doesn’t love the idea of telecommuting? The prospect of WFHing in pants with an elastic waistband alongside what used to be an unlimited supply of snacks while the laundry hums productively in the background—on someone else’s dime—is everyone’s dream. Or
With the threat of COVID-19 becoming more and more real, an increasing number of U.S. law schools are announcing a sudden switch to online classes. Here’s how you, as a law student, can make the change, and maximize your work, in this environment,
Study groups can be helpful for test preparation, but relying heavily on others in law school is not always the greatest strategy. This article will provide tips and tricks on figuring out if study groups will help or hurt you as a student, beginning with five
United States officials seized Algerian humanitarian-aid worker Lakhdar Boumediene in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The officials shipped Boumediene to the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. There, he had an opportunity to contest the factual basis for his designation as an enemy combatant before a special tribunal.
In Washington v. Glucksberg, the United States Supreme Court accepted the case to determine whether a fundamental right to assisted suicide existed under the Due Process Clause.
The United States Supreme Court granted cert in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 536 U.S. 639 (2002), to determine whether the Establishment Clause permits government-funded tuition assistance to low-income students, most of whom attend religious schools.
The United States Supreme Court took up the case in City of Philadelphia v. New Jersey, 437 U.S. 617 (1978), to decide whether a state could prohibit the deposit of out-of-state waste in landfills within its borders without running afoul of the Dormant Commerce Clause.
There is a better way to learn in law school that can change the law school experience for the better. In short, there is a method that allows students to memorize more than ever before - and to do so in less time than it takes to cram as most currently do. Using it improves exam performance, makes class less stressful, and helps improve school-life balance. This technology is called spaced repetition.
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The United States Supreme Court took up the case in Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., 418 U.S. 323 (1974), to determine whether a publisher of defamatory material against a private person can avoid liability on First Amendment grounds.
A group of political parties and candidates challenged the Federal Election Campaign Act on First Amendment grounds in Buckley v. Valeo, 424 U.S. 1 (1976)
The Federal Lottery Act of 1895 cited moral grounds to forbid anyone from shipping lottery tickets across state lines. The United States indicted Charles Champion for violating the act, and he sought a writ of habeas corpus to challenge the law.
In United States v. Virginia, 518 U.S. 515 (1996). The Court concluded that VMI’s male-only admissions policy could not survive constitutional scrutiny.
It's a less racist day in the neighborhood as judges fault arc of this covenant (Shelley v. Kraemer)
Shelley v. Kraemer, 334 U.S. 1 (1948), was a landmark decision that cleared the way for integration of neighborhoods and communities throughout the United States.