As a law student, you will hear quite often that you are learning to think like a traditional lawyer. You might ask yourself what does that mean.
Quite simply, you are expected to identify the legal issues and apply the law in the same way as the courts and lawyers have in the past. If the law is applied in the same manner to individuals in similar situations, societal stability is assured.
This explains why professors emphasize the importance of following case precedent and the doctrine of stare decisis. In Latin, stare decisis means “to stand by things decided”.
To identify the issues as would a traditional lawyer, it is critical to understand the importance of the Table of Contents for each casebook and each professor’s syllabus. The chapter titles and subheadings identify the traditional legal issues.
It is incredibly helpful to develop a Short Outline for each of your substantive law courses, if you want to EXCEL. Although the Short Outline is a recital of the chapter titles and subheadings, once you have committed them to memory, you will have the checklist of the legal issues for the course. NOTE, if a professor’s syllabus reorganizes the presentation of the chapters, the professor’s organizational strategy takes precedence.
The process for developing a Short Outline is set forth in the online video, How to Get A’s: The Short Outline. In the video, you will learn how to develop your Short Outlines and why it is so important to do so. With the Short Outline for each course memorized, you are far less likely to feel overwhelmed while learning the law.
The video was filmed at Vanderbilt Law School and is free. Once you register, you will be given the passcode for viewing the class.
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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, a graduate of 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.