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TIP 10: 7 Tips for Writing Great Long Outlines

Law school can be exhilierating, challengining, insightful, overwhelming, stressful, and …….. Need we say more?
Here are some tips for making the journey more comfortable.
  • Use The Short Outline to structure your long outlines. A free class, How to Get A’s: The Short Outline is available online.
  • State each rule of law in a complete sentence of fifteen words or less. Then, you will be able to apply the rule easily in the right scenario.
  • Understand the policy reasons behind each rule.
  • When thinking about the presentation of the cases, think in terms of what was the common law rule? What is the general rule? What are the exceptions? What is the model code? Professor’s comments? (The assumption is that this a common law course.)
  • Handwrite your long outlines!!!! By forcing yourself to state the rules succinctly and by handwriting your outlines, you will come to a better understanding of the law.
  • Ideally, a long outline will not be more than twenty-five pages for a semester’s course.
  • Give yourself credit for doing the work!
ALL law students can benefit by taking The Basic Exam Course™. The 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 online course is available 24/7 via video streaming. Students who register for the course have access for a year.
The Skillman Method™ demystifies law school completely and gives students a step-by-step, but sophisticated approach for excelling in law school and on the bar exam. Great grades in law school translate into bar success, terrific job opportunities, and empowerment. Skillman lawyers have gone on to become top lawyers, tenured law professors, judges, appellate court justices, and public advocates.
Professor Skillman’s study methods courses have been sponsored by at least twenty ABA-accredited law schools, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity(CLEO), the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association in New York. The Skillman Method™’s bar preparation course has been sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Oregon State Bar, Legal Aid Society of New York City, the King’s County District Attorney’s Office, and Vanderbilt University Law School, as well as local bar associations.

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