This is the ultimate guide for learning how to outline for law school and ace your 1L exams.
How To Write A Law School Outlines
Here are the 5 things you need to do to create excellent law school outlines.
Start With Proven 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 your exams? Did the student ace the class or finish below median? You just don’t have any idea. That’s why it’s so important for you to start with proven outlines.
Many successful law students will tell you to find an outline from a 2L who took the class with your professor and aced the exam. This is good advice. But these outlines are typically more rare than unicorns.
If you can’t find one of these unicorn outlines, simply start with someone’s outline who you know aced their exams, regardless of professor.
Revise Your Outlines
It’s not enough to start with proven outlines and call it a day. You need to constantly revise your outlines to suit your needs and style.
In other words, a law school outline is not static. It’s a living document that should be revised constantly throughout the semester. Tailor it to reflect your own professor’s preferences and nuances.
Start with a proven law school outline and then revise weekly. The more you revise the more knowledge you absorb. And the more knowledge you absorb the less time you’ll spend searching your outline for the “answers” come test day.
Use Pre-Written Responses
Include pre-written responses in your outlines for questions or issues that you know will come up on your exams. In other words, write out the black letter law and policy exactly how you want it to appear on your exam.
For example, every Civil Procedure exam will ask you a question about personal jurisdiction and specific jurisdiction. It’s much easier to pull a pre-written black letter law statement on these topics from your outline than to come up with a precisely worded response on test day.
Remember, applying black letter law to fact takes time. And time is your enemy on law school exams. Including pre-written law and policy statements in your law school outlines frees up time for more detailed analysis. And analysis is how you score big points on law school exams.
In fact, I scored the top grade on my Civil Procedure exam by using this very same technique. Here’s the language I used for my Civil Procedure outline:
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Start Outlining Early
Timing is everything when it comes to learning how to make a law school outline. 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’ll have a road map for where the class is headed.
Believe it or not, most students 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 outlining early.
Keep It Simple (Attack Outlines)
Law school exams test two things: knowledge and speed.
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 ace your 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 be condensed to highlight the applicable law and policy. This will 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 exam. Feel free to copy and use it for yourself.
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