Train like a professional athlete. Law school is a new world and a “new game”.
Read the law school’s handbook in its entirety. It may take an hour or so, but the information contained in the handbook is invaluable.
Get your class schedule, the syllabus, and your assignments for each of your courses, as soon as they are available.
Purchase the casebooks, recommended Hornbooks, and supplemental materials. Find resources for purchasing used books if you cannot afford them new.
Set up your study area at home. Also, stake out places where you might study while at school.
Read your assignments before attending each class. Your professors will expect you to be able to jump into class discussions from the first day of class.
In law school, you are expected to play like a professional. However, unlike the National Football League, for example, you will not be required to participate in an intensive, multi-week training program before the start of law school.
The assumption is that because you did well in college and perhaps in graduate school, you will necessarily do well in law school. However, the pace of the law school curriculum can easily overwhelm you if you do not begin your preparation early.
At The Skillman Method™, we believe that all motivated students can get great grades if they understand specifically how to prepare, understand the standards applied to their work, and understand how to meet those standards. Great grades in law school translate into bar success, terrific job opportunities, and empowerment.
Unfortunately, the supermajority of students are thrown into the “law school pool” without being taught how to swim. The Basic Exam Course™ gives students the tools for achieving academic excellence. With the information in the course, students are taught not only “how to swim,” but how to EXCEL in the legal profession. The course is available online 24/7. Students who register have access to the course for a year.
More than 20,000 students have attended Professor Skillman’s study methods and bar preparation courses. Skillman students have been extraordinarily successful. A while back, one of the Skillman lawyers who graduated from Golden Gate University School of Law, sent an email, saying he had been admitted to the bar in eight jurisdictions. This was well before the adoption of the UBE. He has since become a judge.
Last summer, we learned that yet another Skillman lawyer is a state Appellate Court Justice. That makes four that we know of.