Author: Academic Achievement Department

Why You Should Act Like a Professional Starting Now

Every now and then it’s helpful to take a step back and remember what law school is all about. Law school is about preparing you to enter the legal profession. Entering the legal profession assumes that you’ll be a professional. A professional is someone who is diligent and reliable. A professional treats others with respect. A professional manages their time appropriately and is constantly trying to improve their skills. These aren’t just the qualities of a successful member of the legal profession, they are also the qualities of a successful law student. Incorporating professionalism into your actions during law...

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Make Multiple Choice Questions Your Friend

Being a lawyer is all about reading, writing, and oral argument, right? So why, you may be wondering, are you faced with having to take multiple choice tests during law school? More and more professors are incorporating multiple choice assessments into their classes both as a way to prepare students for the difficult MBE portion of the bar exam and as a way to help them assess students’ grasp of the concepts. Many law students dislike, or even fear, multiple choice questions and will therefore avoid multiple choice questions until they see them on a test. Don’t make that...

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Class Notes a Mess? Try a Different Note-taking System

Sometimes, law school feels like it’s made up of reading, reading, and more reading. While the reading is important, it’s not the only facet of law school success. You also need to pay close attention to the in-class lecture and strive to take complete, clear notes each day. The lectures are an opportunity for you to clarify your understanding of the reading and get insight into what your professor expects you to know for the exam. The lectures should help you discover your specific professor’s understanding of the key rules and the way he or she is likely to...

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Outlining for Exam Success

Whether you’re a 1L, 2L, or 3L, creating an effective course outline is something you should be focusing on throughout the semester. A good course outline will make studying for finals easier, improve your ability to memorize rules of law, and help you draft a well-organized essay answer. Outlining is a process that you should start early (as in, NOW!) and perform on a regular basis. You should review and update your outlines on a daily or weekly basis, depending on your schedule and learning preferences. To help you create an outline that will promote final exam success, keep...

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Beyond Reading, Briefing, and Class

This week, we want to expand on something that we mentioned in our last post: independent learning. While there are many resources at OCU to help you navigate law school and many people eager to support your efforts, the person ultimately responsible for your success is you. Law school will require you to be an independent learner, someone who self-monitors for comprehension and exercises the self-discipline to complete the outside work necessary to improve their knowledge and skills. Unlike what many students experience in undergrad, completing your reading and attending class is not enough to master the material or...

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