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Study Groups

Should I join a study group in law school? 5 reasons for and against

November 15, 2019

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

Bar Study Loans

Avoiding an expensive bar study loan

May 13, 2019

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify a passage in the original version (5/16/19, 10:44 a.m. CDT). As the spring semester comes to a close, many 3Ls are investigating their bar study loan options. Borrowing one last loan to pay

Study Time

Some tips on studying for and taking 1L exams

November 14, 2018

Your first final exams are coming up, 1Ls! It's time to mind your minutes, study the past, start formulating answers, and pay attention to your professors – and get that first good grade.

Final Exams

3 last-minute keys for acing your law school exams

November 13, 2018

You’re probably a mere three weeks from your law school exams. So everything you’re reading and doing should be helping you ace your law school examinations. Let me help. Below are three things you can do to ensure you ace your law school exams:

Library

Shhh! What not to do in the law library

November 12, 2018

To avoid wreaking havoc on your classmates in the law library and to assist in providing a platform for venting in the comment section below, I have tallied a few of the more egregious instances of misconduct.

Spaced Repetition

Spaced repetition: A technology to learn far more with less effort

October 24, 2018

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.

Student Lawyer: Navigating your own law school experience

September 17, 2018

The issue of Student Lawyer takes to the stormy seas of your own personal choices on how to study in law school. Experts weigh in on what works and doesn’t in studying and share their best advice for figuring out what will work for you.

Studying

Studying v. everything else: How you can find balance

September 01, 2018

It’s the beginning of your first semester, which means you’re faced with the decision of how to spend your time—which student organizations to join, how much time to devote to studying, and what community activities to make space for.

Science of Studying

Knowing the science of studying may help you succeed

September 01, 2018

Studying is an inevitable—and grueling—part of being a law student. But thankfully, there’s a method to the madness. Experts say there are practical ways to determine your optimal study habits.

Study Groups

Join a study group or not? That’s up to you—literally

September 01, 2018

Some law students rave about the numerous benefits of study groups— the intra-school networking that results from immediately creating a tight-knit cohort and the opportunity to work through challenges with other law students—while others want nothing to do the prospect of participating in a study group.

Study Break

Prepping for the bar exam: It's more than just learning the law

May 30, 2018

Many recent law school graduates have just started studying for the bar exam. As someone who was in your shoes last year, I thought I’d share what I wish I’d done differently when studying for the bar exam and a couple things that I think I did well that I think everyone could benefit from knowing.

Socrates

Learning how to think with The Socratic Method

November 06, 2017

Many law students have a story about the first time they experienced the Socratic Method. Regardless of whether the student was the target of a professor’s line of questioning or if they were merely witness to another student’s experience, the stories tend to strike fear into the hearts of

2L Island

Marshaling the marooned: Welcome to 2L Island

January 30, 2017

For most of us, the first year of law school could be distilled down to a single word: survival. We had to survive our first day, our first recitation, our first midterm, our first exams, and our first grades. Being a 1L is akin to being taken out to sea

Weekend MPRE

How to prepare for the MPRE

October 07, 2016

You’ve put off taking the MPRE long enough—it’s time to sign up for the MPRE so you can get one step closer to bar admission. This post will answer your most urgent questions about the MPRE exam. What is the MPRE and who has to take it? The MPRE (called

4 pointers to get you through finals

4 pointers to get you through finals

December 03, 2015

Final exams are knocking on the door and we are all racking our brains for the formula to success. I thought I’d jot down a few tips that have worked for me. When I started law school, and I’m sure this was true for many of you, my school had

Use terms and connectors for precise search results

April 01, 2015

By Catherine M. Dunn   CATHERINE M. DUNN (catherine.dunn@uconn.edu) is head of reference services at the University of Connecticut School of Law Library and adjunct professor of law at UConn School of Law in Hartford. When given a new legal research project, do

Look smart this summer

April 01, 2015

Well, anytime, really—but these tips might especially help you if you’re headed off to a summer associate position or your first “real job.” What behaviors help you seem smart—and which ones will sabotage your efforts to

How to Use Study Aids in Law School

November 01, 2013

Most law students are shocked at the cost for their required books and optional study aids. By choosing study aids wisely, students can reap the academic benefits without overspending. How do you know what study aids to buy—if any? Remember that study aids complement your own hard work. They are not

Seven Steps

School Success in Seven Steps

September 01, 2013

Realize that law school requires a different commitment to your studies. For many law students, prior college courses were not essential to their futures. They could cram at the end of the semester, “brain dump” for a good grade, and then forget what they learned because they never planned to

Law Student Studying in Library

Evaluating Your First Semester Study Habits

January 01, 2013

Realize that everyone’s grades can improve each semester by honing study strategies. Students who did well can do even better. Students who ended up in the middle of the class can improve. And students whose grades placed them on academic probation can turn things around. Changes in study habits can mean

Finding Motivation When You Have None

March 01, 2012

Law students often hit a slump in early March. The excitement of a new semester has worn off. The initial interest in learning a new legal topic has waned, And everything has settled into the too-familiar routine. It was easy to believe at the beginning of a new semester that study