Law school success requires a lot of self-discipline and individual effort. The infamous Socratic Method trains you to think like a lawyer, but it doesn’t typically spell out the legal rules and concepts you need to memorize. You may feel like you have to spend a lot of time teaching yourself the law, and that’s good! Researching, analyzing, and grappling with challenging legal issues is fundamental to the practice of law. But, you don’t have to struggle with the material completely on your own. OCU has plenty of resources to help you learn the law, practice your skills, and have a positive law school experience. In addition to reaching out to your professors, your Academic Fellows, and the Department of Academic Achievement, check out the following resources available to all OCU Law students:
Practice Tests – There’s no better way to prepare for finals then by reviewing and taking a practice exam written by your Professor. Be sure to check out the collection of past final exams on the Library’s Starnet website.
Audio Lectures – Not everyone learns best from reading and writing. Auditory learners will especially want to check out the collection of recorded lectures available through your Study Aids Subscription. The lectures cover over 40 subjects and are a dynamic and convenient way to review material.
BarBri Amp – BarBri Amp is an online resource that provides multiple choice questions designed to help you learn the law and retain the information. Subjects can be broken down into question sets that test specific topics, so it’s a great way to test your knowledge throughout the semester. If you’ve lost your access information to BarBri Amp, get in touch and we’ll help you set it up!
Supplements – I know, I know, some professors frown on the use of supplements. But used responsibly, supplements can be a helpful study tool. Good, reliable supplements can help you comprehend a challenging concept that you can’t seem to master on your own and, perhaps most importantly, can be a good resources for practice questions. If you’re in need of some additional clarification or are searching for practice problems to self-test, browse through the large collection of supplements available through your Study Aids Subscription. Just remember, these are there to supplement, not replace, your own reading, outlining, and learning.
Student Led Reviews – Calling all 1Ls! Don’t forget to attend the weekly review sessions for Property, Contracts, and Civil Procedure led by 2L and 3L students who previously excelled in the course. These sessions will give you a chance to review doctrinal law, work through practice problems, and get tips and strategies for excelling in that specific class.
You have access to a lot of great print and electronic resources, but don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the faculty or staff for help. Law school requires an immense amount of individual effort, but there are also many, many people here to support and guide you along the way.