Every 1L needs to find out how to outline for law school. The best students learn how even before they step foot on campus. Find out what you need to know by checking out my top 5 tips for how to outline for law school.
5 Steps For How To Outline For Law School
Here are the 5 things you need to do to create awesome law school outlines.
- Start With Proven 1L Outlines
- Revise Your Outlines
- Start Outlining Early
- Use Pre-Written Answers
- Less Is More (“Attack Outlines”)
Start With Proven 1L Outlines
You can probably find a few random law school outlines online. But who prepared them? Is the law and policy correct? Are they organized in a way that allows you to attack 1L law school exams? Did the student ace the class or finish below median? You don’t have any idea.
Try to find an outline from a 2L who took the class with your professor and aced the exam. Sometimes that’s easier said than done.
Either way, do yourself a favor and start with the best 1L outlines.
BONUS: Keep reading to find out where to get the exact same outlines I used to ace my law school exams.
Revise Your Outlines
It’s not enough to just start with a proven outline. You need to constantly revise your outlines.
A law school outline is not static. It is a living document that should be revised constantly throughout the semester. It should be tailored to reflect your professor’s preferences and nuances.
Start with a proven law school outline and then revise, revise, revise. The more you revise the more knowledge you absorb. The more knowledge you absorb the less time you will spend searching your outline for “answers.”
Use Pre-Written Answers
Write out the black letter law and policy exactly how you want it to appear on your exam. I picked up this tip from a friend of mine who finished first in her class.
Applying law to fact takes time. And time is your enemy on law school exams. Pre-written law and policy statements on your law school outlines free up time for more detailed analysis. And analysis is how you score big points on law school exams.
Start Outlining Early
Don’t wait until the last minute, or even the last few weeks, to start outlining. You need to get a proven outline before the first day of class so that you have a road map for where the class is headed.
Believe it or not, most of your peers will wait until finals week to starting outlining. Most won’t even know how to outline for law school. Don’t make that mistake. Start early.
Less Is More (“Attack Outlines”)
Come test day, your law school outlines should be closer to a checklist than a treatise. I can’t emphasis this enough. You will not succeed on law school exams, even open book exams, if you need to flip through a 100-page outline to find the “answer.”
Your final outlines should highlight the applicable law and policy to help you easily identify and attack law school exam questions.
You should also create a very short “attack outline” to use on each exam. Here is the one I used to ace my Criminal Procedure I exam. Feel free to copy and use it for yourself.
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