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TIP 7: To EXCEL, It Is Helpful To Be In A Study Group

Another tool for excelling is law school is the Study Group.
As a law student, you must learn to be an alternative thinker. The purpose of the Study Group is for members to share different perspectives when responding to the issues raised in hypotheticals. Doing so, allows each student to learn to analyze issues from different points of view, rather than just his or her own.
When forming a Study Group, make sure that the members of the Study Group are in the same professors’ courses. Since professor teach the same subject matter differently, it is important to apply each professor’s approach to the substantive law.
Next, it is important that members of a Study Group are trained in different disciplines. It is helpful to have members who have backgrounds in economics, English, political science, mathematics, sociology, and history, as well as other disciplines.
Ideally, a Study Group will have not more than five or six members. A Study Group is most effective if members meet on a regular schedule. The schedule can be set at the beginning of a semester.
Members should arrive at meetings on time and prepared. It is best for members of the Study Group to agree in advance which hypotheticals are to be discussed at each meeting. Then, members can arrive having prepared an outline of the issues presented in each hypothetical. Each Study Group member can then state aloud how he/she would analyze those issues.
Although there may be much to grip about in law school, the focus of the Study Group is best served if its focus is purely academic. In other words, the Study Group is not a “traditional” social group, although many long-term relationships will develop as a result of participating in a Study Group.
To EXCEL in law school, it is best to learn how to be a linear thinker. In the free class, How to Get A’s: The Short Outline, Professor Skillman teaches students how to prepare Short Outlines for each course and learn how to think linearly. The class is available 24/7 The class was filmed at Vanderbilt Law School. Once you register, you will be given the passcode to watch the course.
The casebook method can be confusing. The organization of the cases is not based upon the chronological development of the law, unlike that of Hornbooks. If students develop Short Outlines for each course, they are less likely to be overwhelmed by the materials.
In The Basic Exam Course™, Professor Skillman teaches students specifically what to do to EXCEL. We recommend every law student take The Basic Exam Course™. The course gives students the tools for achieving academic excellence.
Students learn exactly what to do prepare properly to EXCEL.  The eight-hour course includes three classes including 1) How to Excel in Law School, 2) How to Outline Law School Courses, and 3) Exam Writing and Legal Analysis. The course is available online 24/7. Students who register for the course have access to the course for a year.
At The Skillman Method™, we believe all motivated students can EXCEL if they understand how to study, 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.
More than 20,000 students have attended Professor Skillman’s study methods and bar preparation courses. Skillman students report resounding success. Four Skillman lawyers who we know of have become Appellate Court Justices. Skillman lawyers have gone on to become tenured law professors, judges, partners in top firms, and public advocates.

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“The advice that you gave me the first semester about using headings and subheadings in order to make a map of where we’re going was stellar! I never felt lost again.”

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Columbus School of Law
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