Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Course materials

Here are some materials you will need throughout the year: 

Instructions for the first day of class

Information about the course
(updated June 16, 2019)

Reading List
(updated June 2, 2019)

Course Outline
(updated May 26, 2019)

Introduction to law school

For many of you, law school education will be challenging not because it is inherently difficult but because it is different than what you are used to.  In particular, the textbooks you will use and the type of readings you will have to study are going to be very different.  Here are some helpful short readings and videos that will help you understand what to expect in law school


What to expect in law school

Making the jump from college to law school: the differences

Making the jump from college to law school: new skills

Making the jump from college to law school: study strategies

Seven essential skills every 1L must develop

Ten common 1L mistakes

Ten good tips for new law students (video)

Taking notes: handwrite or laptop? (video)


Introduction to legal reasoning

How to identify and phrase the issue of a case

Assessment #1

Introduction to legal analysis

How to organize an argument

Basic principles of legal writing

Tips to improve your legal writing

Problem for class discussion


Recommended further reading (not required)

What to expect in law school, based on the movie The Paper Chase (video)

Why ditching the computer may be better than you think

More reasons to handwrite notes in law school

Why you should take notes by hand — not on a laptop

Laptops And Law Students: A Bad Combo?

Law School Outlining 101

Ten reasons why you should make your own outline

Video on why you should start outlining from day one

Law School 101
(lots of links to more articles of interest to new law students)

The occupational risks of the practice of law

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Materials regarding exams

Links to some short articles regarding exams:

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Podcast:  How to attack multiple choice questions

Links to short posts with good advice on preparing for exams

More links to short posts on advice on exams

Some thoughts on taking essay exams

Nine common exam mistakes

Video on exam tactics

How to avoid exam disasters (podcast)

Ten things you should NOT do after the final

Law School Exams 101
(lots of links to more readings, in case case you need more)


Practice Exams

Practice Questions

Sample question in three different formats

Practice questions #1 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 1, 2, 3, 8 and 4)

Practice questions #2 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 2, 4, 16-18, 20, 22, 28-30, 33, 38, 46-47, 65-66, 69, 75-76, 83-87, 89-90, 92, 94, 99-103)

Practice questions #3 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 3, 7, 19, 22, 23, 24, 28, 31, 35 to 42, 55, 57, 60, 62, 63 and 69)

Practice questions #4 (check your answers here)
(Ignore questions 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 23, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31)

Practice essay questions

Sample answer to an essay question

Old essay exam
(Note that this question involves some issues that we did not cover this semester.)

Is a burrito and sandwich? (Model Answer)

Online practice exams