What Exactly is a Law School Outline?

Posted by William B on 4/29/19 5:55 PM

Pretty soon after you’ve arrived at law school, you’ll probably start hearing about “outlines” and “outlining.” Fellow students will ask when you’re going to start outlining for Torts or Contracts. The bar prep representatives will start trying to sell you outlines for your courses. High-quality outlines prepared by students in years past will become sought-after commodities.

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How to bounce back from a bad grade during 1L spring

Posted by Nicole on 2/6/19 6:41 PM

Dealing with a disappointing performance and mark from 1L fall is difficult especially as the 1L summer internship application process progresses and your email is inundated with discussions regarding OCI in the summer. Just remember a couple of things: (1) getting a bad grade does not mean that you won’t be a good lawyer (or more importantly, get a job) and (2) there’s always a way for you to improve. I have a few tips as to how you can move forward during the spring semester.

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FAQ: What are law school exams, and how do I prepare?

Posted by Rob Barnett on 11/15/15 12:58 PM

 If you’re a 1L approaching the end of your first semester of law school, and you’re anything like I was, you’re probably starting to wonder: What are these exams I keep hearing about?  How do I prepare for them?  How do I succeed on them?  Will I be okay?

As to the last one, the answer is definitely: yes.  You’re fine!  As for the other questions, read on…

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How to Spot the “Issue” in a Legal Case: A Primer for 1L Students

Posted by Rob Barnett on 7/31/15 9:30 AM

My first class at Harvard Law School was Contracts, with then-professor, now-Senator Elizabeth Warren.  Before she was famous as a leader of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, she was a famously excellent teacher -- the only professor at Harvard Law School to win the student nominated teaching award twice -- as well as a famously tough one.  We knew before the first day of class that she planned to cold-call every student, in class.  (She always did, and often called on many students more than once!)  

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What Is Constitutional Law: A 1L's Guide

Posted by Rob Barnett on 7/20/15 11:00 AM


Just in case you're not, let's look at courses you can take to become one!

Marbury v. Madison.  

Brown v. Board of Education.  

Obergefell v. Hodges.  

Whether you’re already a law buff or just excited to start taking it all in, I imagine you’ve heard about these cases in a history class, or the newspapers, or both.  In fact, they might have been the very cases that first piqued your interest in law, or inspired you to go to law school.  (One that inspired me: Ricci v. DeStefano, which I could have debated for hours.  Look it up!)  In some ways, cases like these are the very foundation of the entire legal system you’ll be studying in law school.

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6 Essential Law School Cases: A 1L’s Guide

Posted by Rob Barnett on 6/8/15 5:30 PM

In the six major courses of your first year of law school, there’s bound to be a case you’ll never forget.  Each of the following cases lays down a foundational principle upon which the rest of a required 1L class will build.  

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