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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 ( 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 make a great first impression? A study reported on

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.

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

Exam Review Begins Now

January 01, 2012

There are techniques to improve your exam results in May. If you implement them diligently, your grades can increase with any exam format.

Study groups - Studying with other students for more success

November 01, 2011

“Study groups” are a long-standing tradition in law school. The term, however, is a misnomer; law students actually complete daily class preparation alone. They later use study group time to review and consolidate course material.

Briefing Cases - Learning Legal Interpretation

October 01, 2011

What is the most important lawyerly skill you might acquire in law school? I say it's the art of reading cases knowledgeably––especially cases involving textual interpretation. It’s unfortunate that textual interpretation is largely neglected in legal education. Professor Mary Ann Glendon of has written: “Most of our fellow citizens . .

Law Student Learning Styles

Learning Styles - How to Absorb Information to Make It More Memorable

April 01, 2011

Successful law students increase understanding, retention, and recall through absorption learning preferences. They convert legal information to the unique formats most memorable to them. They use their preferences to advantage for wiser use of time and more extensive results. What is Your Learning Style? Evaluate your absorption learning preferences for free.

Adviser: Ensuring Your Success in Law School

November 01, 2010

Students can avoid academic problems in law school by implementing some practical strategies. A new perspective on academics is needed because of the differences between law school and prior education. Realize that law school prepares you for your profession and not just an isolated set of exams. Undergraduate courses that fulfilled