10 Study Hacks for Law Students to Study Successfully

10 Study Hacks for Law Students to Study Successfully
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    When it comes to preparing for law, it is not about focusing on law as a whole but specific subjects like civil, criminal or corporate.

    And even knowing that, there’s complete information overload.


What you choose is incredibly important, as laws keep changing, and there are new laws introduced by the judicial of the respective country. An aspiring law student must have complete knowledge about each law of the specific domain, and see a future in continuously keeping on top of the changes that happen within their respective area of practice. Whether the student is learning about corporate law or criminal law, it is important to give 100% on understanding all facets of it.

Studying law can be both philosophical and theoretical; it requires the student to remember large volumes of laws and sections. Many aspirants find it difficult to remember things and have to work to stretch their short and long term memory.

However, there are some proven methods or tips that can make the learning process easy. In the age of apps and internet, resources are available in abundance, so there’s plenty of ways and methods in which to study.

Below are 10 hacks for studying:

  1. Marking out important keywords or lines:

    This is commonly adopted by students (and also another fancy way of saying highlighting) especially by those who want to refer back to what they’re studying without writing down notes. To go one step further,, you can also use the underlined portion of the text for creating your own notes as a summary.

  2. Using Law Related Apps and Sites

    In the age of web and mobile apps, leveraging digital has become the most important and effective way of learning. You can now simulate test environments, and also connect with other L1 students. Even if you’re just in the process of preparing for law school, there are LSAT prep apps for that as well, where you’re offered real questions, lectures, guidance from instructors and analytics.

    There are also video lessons which make learning much easier than studying from a traditional textbook. The logic games can even help keep your mind sharp even if you’re past the LSAT and into L1.

  3. Using Flashcards to Memorize:

    You can create online flashcards that help you memorize all the things. You can review the flashcards and change the order so that you’re not strictly relying on pattern and memory. This is the best way to memorize and get your mind prepared.

  4. Prepare your cases:

    Law is all about debating the case with clear and concise logic and proof. You can take up a case as an example and study over it. Applying what you’ve learned, reviewing the substance of the class and understanding the rules/facts can help in preparing you for actual cases.

  5. Join Discussion Groups:

    Discussion groups and online forums are the best place to discuss what’s going on in your classes, and for preparation. Discussion groups can focus on problems from hypotheticals, secondary sources, and exams. The group help students lean on each other for resources and methods to answer legal problems.

  6. Organizing and Outlining is Key:

    Law subjects require enough time to prepare and understand. Students need to prepare an outline of the subject and organize the information in a way that’s conducive to studying without the additional, unnecessary clutter. A good outline involves incorporating the laws, explanations, and policy for those specific laws.

  7. Practicing on the Previous Exam:

    Practicing previous exams is the best to learn about the questions asked, and how to answer them. There are online resources and forums where you can get access to previous exams. While you accessing previous exams, it would be a good time to make a prep calendar for the LSAT. This way you can ensure you have plenty of time to take practice exams to help you prepare for the LSAT.

  8. Collaborative Study:

    Collaborative studying is the best way to prepare for law.  It helps in gaining a better understanding of different subjects and students can lean on each other to clear up confusion of prevent feeling overwhelmed.  Collaborative  study can be helpful during exam preparation.

  9. Review before each class:

    It is important to review notes, highlights, and outlines before class. This helps in keeping the cases top of mind, and it will also help in increasing the ability to follow classroom discussion. PREPARATION is key.

  10. Seek Feedback from Professors:

    If you have submitted answers to the practice question to your professor, then seek feedback from them on a timely basis. An input from the professor is the best to know what areas you lack in and need to strengthen, and where you performed your strongest.

Law school can be extremely overwhelming, due to the information overload, tight schedules, and continual learning on top of all that. The best way to survive is to stick to proven studying tactics, and lean on fellow students to stay on top of course material. And, if you’re an introvert, there are tons of resources and forums online for discussion, in case you’re not into “in person” study sessions.

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