Study Quiz

What Study Strategy Should You Improve for 1L? [QUIZ]

Guest Blogger: Kate Fox, 1L Student

Kate Fox is a 1L at University of Pittsburgh School of Law and a social media intern for BARBRI Law Preview. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, obtaining a degree in Marketing with a minor in Applied Statistics. As a first year, she has secured a summer legal internship with FedEx Ground in Pittsburgh… Read More


Whether you are starting law school immediately after undergrad or you are going back to school after years off, we all need some advice on how to study the law. You are about to enter a highly competitive environment that is completely new. It doesn’t hurt to know what to expect and how to prepare! This quiz should help you figure out what to focus on in the first few weeks. Even though you will get one result here, don’t stop improving all of your study skills so you can be a top law student.

When I read, I:

When I take notes in class, I:

When I am called on in class, I:

When I study, I primarily:

When I take an exam, I:

What study strategy should you improve for 1L?
Case Briefing

In case you didn't know, law school uses a case method where doctrines are explained through judicial opinions handed down from a fact-specific case. In addition, the Socratic method is used to enforce the principles. Professors will "cold call" you in whatever way suits them, and you will need to respond with parts of the case, its holding, or its reasoning. Preparing a case brief ahead of class will prepare you for tough questions in class, and it will allow you to spend your time listening to the discussion. Learn how to become a pro at case briefing this summer with Law Preview pre-law prep courses. Save $100 on 5-Day and 6-Day Courses with code: EXTRA100.
Note-taking

Whether you are an auditory learner or a read-write person, notes are crucial. Work on preparing notes about doctrines and background information before class so that in class you have time to listen to the discussion and make notes on the important things. Learn note-taking best practices and more this summer with Law Preview pre-law prep courses. Save $100 on 5-Day and 6-Day Courses with code: EXTRA100.
Outlining

Reviewing class notes is very important! Most 1L classes are graded by one cumulative final. By creating an outline and adding to it each week, you will retain more information and be ready come finals time. Remember that commercially-prepared outlines are a great supplement, but nothing beats creating one from scratch! Learn how to outline from the pros this summer with Law Preview pre-law prep courses. Save $100 on 5-Day and 6-Day Courses with code: EXTRA100.
Essay Writing for Exams

Great! You have developed great skills that will make you successful in law school. However, grades are still important. Learning how to best articulate rules and doctrines in appropriate law-school-exam format (IRAC, CRAC) will lead you to the top of the class. Sign up for the 6-Day Course this summer and spend a full day learning legal research and writing techniques. Save $100 on 5-Day and 6-Day Courses with code: EXTRA100.

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