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TIP 9: Things Obvious to a Law Professor Are Not Necessarily Obvious to a Law Student!

At this point in the semester, many law students feel like imposters. In fact, in the law school community, this is called the Imposter Syndrome.

  • Recognize that you are studying a value system.
  • Realize the value system is that of” the traditional lawyer”.
  • Understand the American jurisprudence system is based upon English common law.
  • Recognize the fact that English common law was developed to protect and transfer the property of the nobles.
  • Realize that to understand the operative value system today, you must use the Table of Contents of the casebook and your professor’s syllabus to structure your thinking and preparation.
  • Develop and memorize a Short Outline for each substantive law course.
  • Understand that there are three sets of values in operation while you are studying the law including, the casebook editor’s, the professor’s, and your own.
  • Recognize the potential for value conflicts and understand how to resolve them.
  • Realize that you may need to change your study methods.
  • Realize that you don’t have to give up your cultural identity to EXCEL!
A free class, How to Get A’s: The Short Outline is available online. The class was filmed at Vanderbilt Law School. The passcode will be given once a student registers for the course.
In The Basic Exam Course™, Professor Skillman teaches students specifically what to do to EXCEL. The eight-hour, online course includes three classes, 1) How to Excel in Law School, 2) How to Outline Law School Courses, and 3) Exam Writing and Legal Analysis.
The Basic Exam Course™ demystifies law school completely. The first hour of the first class, How to Excel in Law School, is available online for free. The course was sponsored by The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers and filmed in Minneapolis. Students who register for The Basic Exam 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 scholarships, internships, clerkships, 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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