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.

Surviving Law School Articles
    • Law School Practice Exams: Resources

      Want to know what your professors will be looking for on their finals? One way to do that is by reviewing their actual past exams and practice exams. Not only will these resources prepare you for your finals, but they will also help you to understand materials and concepts throughout a course.  

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    • Law School Courses and Faculty Information

      If you're about to start law school or are in the process of selecting your next class schedule, you're probably curious about which classes to take, and maybe which professors to avoid. This article is designed to help guide you through that process.  

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    • Law Reviews: Information and Index

      In law school, you always have the ability to stand out academically. However, some of the best opportunities to shine lay outside of the classroom. Law reviews, for example, let you learn about interesting legal areas while providing the experience of working in a formal publishing process.  

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    • FindLaw Legal Research Resources

      FindLaw has a wealth of free online legal research tools to help you survive law school. You will find everything from cases and codes to articles that help you learn about the law.

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    • 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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