Two Study Tips for the Aspiring Lawyer
Law school can be very grueling. Some would say that college is nothing compared to law school. Today’s best lawyers have been chewed up in class, spent nights reading textbooks, and pored over readings for years to get to where they are now.
The journey to the bar starts with a few small steps. Whether you would like to soar in criminal defense law or chase crooks as a government attorney, it’s a great idea to polish your study habits. Here are a few out-of-the-box ideas from Feldman & Lee PS to help you earn good marks at school and pass the bar exam.
Write an outline
In university, you might have developed the habit of taking notes while cramming for your exam. You might even have written an outline of the things you have to read for the next day’s hurdle. It’s best to write an outline of the things you have learned early on.
You can use the course syllabus as a guide, and then write the outline as you go. This way, you keep a mental road-map of your course — and should you need to review, you can pick right back up on it.
Map out your lessons
Law can be frustratingly complex to study. One can get easily overwhelmed by the plethora of conditions and precedents to keep in mind. When you’re keeping up with all these things, a visual guide can help a lot.
By using a mind map, you can start with a central thought, and then connect related ideas to it so you can better visualize relationships — you can even use questions to connect ideas to one another.
In law school, highlighting chunks of text alone will not work. It’s important to learn concepts in your own way. By trying these two strategies, you can go far in the academe and nail the bar exam.