Professor Leora Harpaz

Western New England University School of Law
Spring 2017

Sample of Web Resources for Law Students


This listing of web resources is designed to introduce you to some of the resources available on the web that are aimed at law students. Many of them are geared toward beginning law students. It is not intended as a complete list, but just to get you started.



Advice on How to Succeed in Law School


Advice For the Law School Class of '09: Ten Key Principles That Will Help You Succeed by Professor Vikram David Amar - http://supreme.findlaw.com/legal-commentary/advice-for-the-law-school-class-of-09-ten-key-principles-that-will-help-you-succeed.html


Law School - Materials for Success by Professor Barbara Glesner Fines -
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/profiles/glesnerfines/success-front.html

Strategies for Success (LawNerds.com) - http://www.lawnerds.com/guide/mind.html



General Introduction to Law School


The Incoming One-L FAQ by Charles Glasser -
http://www.lectlaw.com/files/lws15.htm

and can be also found at http://www.ilrg.com/glasser.html


What Makes Law School so Different for Many New Law Students by Amy Jarmon - http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/academic_support/2011/06/what-makes-law-school-so-very-different.html


The Five-Minute Law School: Everything You Learn in Your First Year, More or Less by Professor Michael Dorf (FindLaw) - http://writ.news.findlaw.com/dorf/20050803.html


A Beginner's Guide to Legal Education by Professor James Elkins (archived by Wayback Machine) - https://web.archive.org/web/20120928000029/http://myweb.wvnet.edu/~jelkins/orientation/webguide.html


Transformation of Self by Professor James Elkins (Archived by Wayback Machine) - https://web.archive.org/web/20121116120106/http://myweb.wvnet.edu/~jelkins/orientation/legalmind/transformself.html


Preparing For Your First Semester Of Law School  by Professors Brown and Grohman - CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) Podcast - http://www.cali.org/lesson/1109



Dealing with Stress and Time Management


Law School and Stress by Professor Barbara Glesner Fines - http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/profiles/glesnerfines/bgf-strs.htm


Ten Stress Busters by Amy Jarmon - http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/academic_support/2010/11/25-stress-busters.html


Time Savers for Home and School by Amy Jarmon - http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/academic_support/2009/11/time-savers-for-home-and-school.html


My Three Best Tips for Time Management Awesomeness (The Girls Guide to Law School) - http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/08/tips-three-awesome-techniques-for-time-management/

Making Time When There Seems to be None by Amy Jarmon - http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/academic_support/2011/04/making-time-when-there-seems-to-be-none.html


Reading Cases, Briefing Cases, and Class Preparation


How to Read a Legal Opinion by Professor Orin Kerr (11 Green Bag 2d 51 (2007)) - http://www.greenbag.org/v11n1/v11n1_kerr.pdf


Ten Instructions for Briefing Cases by Professor Paul Bateman - http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/profiles/glesnerfines/bateman.htm


How to Write a Case Brief for Law School (excerpt from Introduction to the Study of Law: Cases and Materials, Third Edition (LexisNexis 2009) by Michael Makdisi & John Makdisi) - http://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/lawschool/pre-law/how-to-brief-a-case.page


How to Brief a Case (John Jay College of Criminal Justice) - http://www.lib.jjay.cuny.edu/research/brief.html


How to Brief a Case (LawNerds) - http://www.lawnerds.com/guide/briefing.html


Briefing Results in Better Learning by Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau (Suffolk) - http://www.lawprofessor.org/publications/periodicalsbrief.html

Preparing for Class by Professor Barbara Glesner Fines - http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/profiles/glesnerfines/Success2.html


Classroom Preparation by Professors Alan Chen and Celia Taylor (Denver) -  https://www.law.du.edu/index.php/law-school-learning-aids/preparing-for-class


Preparing for Class (Villanova) - https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/law/currentstudents/academicsuccess/prepclass.html



Socratic Method


The Socratic Method - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/prospectives/lifeofthemind/socraticmethod


The Socratic Method by Elizabeth Garrett - http://www.law.uchicago.edu/socrates/soc_article.html

The Socratic Method - http://www.princetonreview.com/law/socratic-method.aspx?uidbadge=%07


The Socratic Method: Why it's Important to the Study of Law (Wash U) - http://onlinelaw.wustl.edu/blog/the-socratic-method-why-its-important-to-the-study-of-law/



Note Taking and Classroom Learning


Effective Note Taking in Class - http://blog.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/law-school-1/law-school-survival-tips-effective-note-taking-class/


Effective Note Taking in Class (San Diego) - http://www.sandiego.edu/law/student-affairs/academic-success/materials/note-taking.php

Tips and Techniques for Taking Notes in Class (Georgetown) - http://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/academic-programs/legal-writing-scholarship/writing-center/upload/notes2010.pdf


10 Dos and Don'ts for Note Taking in Law School - http://lawschool.about.com/od/survivinglawschool/a/notetaking.htm



Study Groups


Should You Join a Study Group? - http://lawschool.about.com/od/survivinglawschool/a/StudyGroup.htm


Forming Effective Study Groups - http://www.sandiego.edu/law/student-affairs/academic-success/materials/study-groups.php


Surviving 1L: Should You Join a Study Group (The Girls Guide to Law School) - http://thegirlsguidetolawschool.com/10/surviving-1l-should-you-join-a-study-group/

Study Groups - https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/law/currentstudents/academicsuccess/studyaid.html


Outlining


Create an Outline for Each Class - http://www.lawnerds.com/guide/outlining.html


How to Make a Law School Outline - http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-outlining-101/


Outlining - https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/law/currentstudents/academicsuccess/outlining.html


Creating a Course Outline by Herbert N. Ramy - http://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/Documents/Academic%20Programs/ASP/OutlineRamy.pdf
 


Preparing for Exams


Preparing for Exams by
Professor Barbara Glesner Fines - http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/profiles/glesnerfines/bgf-ed5.htm


Do's and Don'ts of Exam Preparation -  https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/Documents/Academic%20Programs/ASP/DosDontsExamPrep.pdf


Library Resources to Help you Study for Exams by Susan Boland (University of Cincinnati Law Library) - http://www.law.uc.edu/sites/default/files/exam%20study%20guide.pdf



Taking Exams


Tips for Students Taking Law School Exams: Why Students Tend Not to Be Able To Demonstrate the Full Extent of Their Knowledge, and How They Might Do Better by Professor Vikram David Amar - http://supreme.findlaw.com/legal-commentary/tips-for-students-taking-law-school-exams.html

Writing Law Examinations by Professor John H. Langbein - https://law.yale.edu/system/files/documents/pdf/Faculty/Langbein-WritingLawExaminations.pdf


Kent Syverud's Taking Law School Exams Lecture (65 minute video and related material) - http://www.law.umich.edu/currentstudents/studentservices/Pages/exam-tips.aspx


Taking Multiple Choice Exams by Professor Rogelio Lasso (Washburn) -  http://www1.law.umkc.edu/Students/BarExamInfo/Taking%20Multiple%20Choice%20Exams1.pdf



Law Dictionaries


The Free Dictionary - Legal Dictionary - http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/


The ‘Lectric Law Lexicon -
http://www.lectlaw.com/def.htm


Legal Glossary -  https://www.law.du.edu/index.php/law-school-learning-aids/legal-glossary


Research and Writing


Ten Easy Steps to Legal Research - http://www.lectlaw.com/files/lwr18.htm


Legal Research and Writing Tutorials (Georgetown) - http://www.law.georgetown.edu/library/research/tutorials/lrw.cfm


Ten Tips for Success on Legal Research and Writing Assignments - http://www.persuasiveauthority.com/2013/03/10/10-tips-for-success-on-legal-research-and-writing-assignments/


10 Tips for Better Legal Writing by Bryan Garner - http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/10_tips_for_better_legal_writing/


Legal Writing: Ten Tips from the Trenches by Elizabeth Yeargin - http://www.americanbar.org/publications/young_lawyer_home/young_lawyer_archive/yld_tyl_july10_writing.html


How to Get an "A" in Legal Research and Writing (forum discussion on Top-Law-Schools.com) - http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=192067



Outlines


Course Outlines (NYU) - http://www.law.nyu.edu/students/studentbarassociation/courseoutlines

Internet Legal Resource Guide Law School Course Outlines Archive - https://www.ilrg.com/students/outlines/


Outlines (LawInfo) - http://www.lawinfo.com/other-law-student-outlines.html


Bar Exam Outlines (Stanford) - https://www.law.stanford.edu/organizations/offices/office-of-student-affairs/bar-exam-outlines


Outlines & Exams Listed by Subject (FindLaw) - http://stu.findlaw.com/outlines/index.html



Sample Exams


FindLaw for Students: Law School Exams - http://stu.findlaw.com/outlines/schoolexam/index.html


Harvard Law School Annual Examination Archive -  https://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/registrar/exams/


Past Exams (University of Dayton) - https://www.udayton.edu/law/library/past_exams.php

Exam Archive (University of Kentucky) - http://library.law.uky.edu/examarchive?hs=a

Exam Archive Links (Top-Law-Schools.com) - http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=122453

Outlines & Exams Listed by Subject (FindLaw) - http://stu.findlaw.com/outlines/index.html

                                                                                               
General Sites


FindLaw - http://www.findlaw.com - and particularly FindLaw’s resources for law students - http://stu.findlaw.com/student/


Law School Toolbox - http://lawschooltoolbox.com/law-school-101/


Jurist -source for legal news - http://www.jurist.org/


SCOTUSblog - the best U.S. Supreme Court website -  http://www.scotusblog.com/


The ‘Lectric Law Library’s Study of Law Study -
http://www.lectlaw.com/study.html