Surviving Law School

Law school can be brutal. The seemingly endless cycle of reading, outlining, and studying can bring even the most positive person down. FindLaw for Law Students provides advice on the best ways to weather the storm and survive law school. Through the Surviving Law School section, current law students can take advantage of sample study schedules, course outlines and exams, and access to always-important legal research tools. The resources in this section can also help law students decide which electives are ideal for their desired career path and whether or not student organizations, law journal, moot court, and other extracurricular activities are a right fit.

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    • Sample 1L Study Schedule

      Law school is well known for the grueling schedule it imposes on its students. From the hundreds of pages per week in reading, to the endless pressure of preparing outlines for finals, the first year of law school can feel like being hit with a ton of bricks. Students who have been through it all know that in order to survive the first year of law school, it's imperative that students prepare and follow a 1L study schedule.

      Law School Commercial Outlines

      There you are, sitting for your very first law school exam. Thankfully, you have an outline for this class, but does it cover what will be on that exam? Law school outlines can sometimes be the key to success during your first year, so it's no surprise that companies market ready-made commercial outlines for law students. This article will provide you with an overview of these commercial outlines as well as tips for using them to your advantage.


      Learning Judicial Precedent: A Q&A with Bryan Garner

      Judicial precedent is a cornerstone of the U.S. legal system, ensuring certainty and consistency from case to case. It’s also a concept that will play a key role in nearly every aspect of your legal career, from 1L exams to your future practice. And yet, few law school textbooks cover the subject head on and in any kind of depth, leaving many law students in the dark about the nuances of the practice and how it came to be.

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    • Publications for Law Students

      The law is ever changing, and it's important to stay in tune with contemporary legal updates and debates as you start your career. This article gives an overview of various law student publications to do just that, and to help prepare you for the legal landscape that awaits.

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    • 2L Outlines

      Outlines were almost certainly an important part of your 1L experience. Although it may be tempting to drop the hassle of preparing them as you enter into your second year, 2L outlines are even more useful and important. Read on to learn why.

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    • Law School Electives and Extracurriculars

      Law school electives and extracurriculars offer opportunities to develop lawyering skills, test-drive an area of practice, or focus your study and resume. The following article provides an overview of the considerations when choosing law school activities.

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    • Law Student Organizations

      Law student organizations provide opportunities for networking, mentoring, and exploring different areas of legal practice. Learn about the different kinds of law student organizations and more at FindLaw.com.

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    • Networking for Law Students

      A brief overview of networking for law students, including tips on how to get the most out of your experience and ways to build relationships. Check out this article to learn more.

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