Although they might seem frustrating or confusing at times, law school classes are an important part of the learning experience. To get the most out of your classes, you’ll want to be prepared, which means reading the cases and coming in prepared to discuss them. (Note that this doesn’t mean you need to be an expert on every possible detail your professor might bring up. Your job is to make a good-faith effort, which means reading each case once and possibly creating some type of case brief to aid your recall and comprehension.)
Below, you’ll find everything you need to show up to class prepared, engaged, and ready to get something out of it!
PREPARING FOR CLASS
Preparing for Class
Much of your time as a law student will be spent reading cases, so you may as well learn to do it right! Read on for strategies for reading and briefing cases effectively.
- What to Expect in a Law School Class
- Reading and Briefing Cases
- Tips for Using What You’ve Read
- Staying Organized
- Staying Focused
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF LAW SCHOOL CLASSES
Getting the Most Out of Law School Classes
You’ve prepared for class, awesome! Now it’s time to go, survive the Socratic Method, and get something out of the experience (including some useful class notes to refer back to later).
- Taking Useful Class Notes in Law School
- Law School Class Participation and the Socratic Method
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