Skillman Lawyer’s Quote
“I wanted to put in writing the impact your course had on me when I was a first year law student at the University of Minnesota …. The course provide me with analytical and test-taking skills that provided invaluable in my law school career, and afterwards as a law clerk with the Honorable Gerald W. Heaney, Eight Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable John M. Mason, Magistrate Judge, U. S. District Court for Minnesota.”
Graduate, the University of Minnesota School of Law
The eight-hour Basic Exam Course™ is available online 24/7 via video streaming and includes three classes. The Basic Exam Course™ was formerly called Study Methods Which Produce Excellence. The Skillman study methods course has been sponsored by numerous ABA-approved law schools, the Oregon State Bar, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity Program (CLEO), and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association, among others. The course available online was sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.
Professor Nerissa Shklov Skillman, a graduate of Berkeley Law School and Founder of The Skillman Method™, believes ALL motivated law students deserve to have the tools to EXCEL. Over the course of her forty+-year career, more than 20,000 students have attended her study methods and bar preparation courses.
Class 2: How to Outline Law School Courses
The class is approximately two hours with a fifteen-minute break.
- In the first hour, Professor Skillman teaches students how to develop long outlines effectively using their class notes, briefs, casebooks, and outside supplemental materials, such as hornbooks. She teaches them how to use the structure of the Short Outlines to structure their long outlines. She teaches students how to state the law succinctly in complete sentences and how to organize the presentation of the cases in the casebook. She also emphasizes the importance of understanding the policy behind each statement of law included in the long outlines.
- In the second hour of class, Professor Skillman reviews actual past student outlines and critiques them to demonstrate the application of the principles explained in the first hour of the class. She reviews and critiques several samples of good outlines, as well.