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TIP 13: With Exams Just A Month Away, Here Are Some Tips To Put You Into Position to EXCEL

Since the Short Outline is a checklist of the issues for a course, if you haven’t already done so, develop and memorize your Short Outlines for each course. The class, How to Get A’s – The Short Outline is available online at The class is free.
Clean up each of your long outlines. Read your outlines and edit the statements of the rules and policy.
State each principle so an uninformed reader can understand the statement on first reading. Make sure to state each principle in a complete sentence of fifteen words or less.
If you cannot state a rule in fifteen words or less, use more than one sentence. Put the most important information in the first sentence. The rules of law and policy stated in your long outlines will be used to apply the law when the facts trigger an issue in an exam.
Take practice exams using your long outlines. Take your practice exams open outline. This will give you a chance to review the law.
Meet with your professors to get feedback on your practice essays.
Applyling the law well is actually quite straightforward. “Legal analysis” requires you to apply the relevant law succinctly to the fact pattern.
When it comes to applying the law, there are really only three sentence patterns that you can use to apply the law. Examples of the three sentence patterns were given in Tip 11 which can be found in the blog section at
At The Skillman Method™, we believe all motivated students can EXCEL. 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. Class 3 gives students a roadmap for spotting issues and writing excellent essays. The online course is available 24/7 via video streaming. Students have access to the course for a year.
The Skillman Method™ demystifies law school completely. With the Skillman courses, students learn a step-by-step, 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 Program (CLEO), the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar, the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers, the Metropolitan Black Bar Association in New York, Practicing Attorneys for Law Students (PALS), and the Oregon State Bar.
The Skillman Method™’s bar preparation course has been sponsored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, the Legal Aid Society of New York City, the King’s County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn, the Oregon State Bar, and Vanderbilt University Law School, as well as local bar associations.

Faculty Quote

“Last year at the end of the fall semester, eleven first year minority students had straight ‘A’ averages. Another nineteen students had ‘B-‘ or above averages that same semester.

Further, all our minority students who took the Minnesota bar examination in July, 1987, passed. This was the first class of graduates who had the opportunity to take the Study Methods Course.”

Former Assistant Dean
Vanne O. Hayes
University of Minnesota School of Law

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