Law School Fast Track is also unique in that it focuses simply on the first week of law schoolemphasizing the importance of establishing and maintaining good habits. Most habits in law school are formed before and during the first week. For example, during the first week a student will decide where to study, how long to study, how to brief a law case, what to do with class notes, how to outline, and when to start outlining, among many other demands.
Law School Fast Track is a concise, inexpensive, and easy-to-read guide written in an approachable, peer tone. In focusing on the first week of law school, this book emphasizes the importance of establishing and maintaining good habits, thus giving the readers an early advantage.
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About the Author
Derrick Hibbard currently lives in Massachusetts. He is the author of the Fast Track Series, about establishing good habits in law school and college that lead to success as a student. He is also the author of the novels "This Side of Eden," "The Double Stroller Hand Grenade," "Impish," and his latest: "The Snow Swept Trilogy."
Attorney, adjunct professor of business law, and author of The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book: A Survival Guide; Law School: Getting In, Getting Good, Getting the Gold; and Con Law: Avoiding...or Beating...the Scam of the Century (The Real Student's Guide to Law School and the Legal Profession).
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Habits help us. Or they hurt us.
Good habits can help in everyday life, in the many day-to-day things we have to do. Being a student is really no different. When you develop good habits that help you accomplish your goals and tasks quickly and well, you will be more successful.
A habit is something you do without needing to think. In law school you will need to thinka lotbut you will need to focus all of your energy on thinking about the law. If you develop habits that will naturally help you as a student, you will be able to focus on learning. Success will come.
Advice is useless unless it is incorporated into your routine. Good habits have to be just thathabitsto be any use at all. Thus, developing those good habits is perhaps as important as the substance of the habits themselves.
Although the advice in this book is helpful and will ultimately make your experience as a law student less rough, the road is far from easy. You will still have to put in long hours and you will have to work hard. The point is that by establishing these good habits you won’t have to work as hard. And when you do work, it won’t seem so much like “work.”
Table of Contents
Why This Book" xvii
Why Habits" xvii
Why Essential Habits" xviii
Why Focus On Your First Week of Law School" xix
Chapter 1 The Most Important Habit 1
Habit #1 Make Your Study Efficient and Effective 1
Chapter 2 Before You Start 3
Habit #2 Make a Plan and Stick To It 3
Be Flexible, But Stick To The Plan 11
Habit #3 Set Goals And Follow Up 12
An Additional Point For Your First Week 14
Chapter 3 Reading the Law 17
Habit #4 Read Effectively 18
Survey Each Case Before You Read It 19
Create Your Own Questions 20
Review Your Notes OUT LOUD As You Read 21
Read Only Once 22
Get Rid of Distractions 22
Read Only What You Have To 22
Little Details 23
Chapter 4 Those Awful, Horrible, Crazy Case Briefs 25
Traditional (Bad) Case Brief 26
Traditional (Bad) Case Brief: Sample 30
Habit #5 Brief Every Case, But Be Brief 31
The Book Brief 33
Chapter 5 Your First Week 37
Don't Be Nervous 37
Habit #6 Be Active In Class 38
Your Grade Comes From Your Exams 39
Listen To Your Professors 40
Habit #7 Study Your Professor 41
Talk With Your Professor 42
Practice Tests 43
Talk to Upperclassmen 43
Habit #8 Stay Organized 44
Chapter 6 Preparing for Finals 47
Habit #9 Break The Note-Taking Habit.
Take "Outline" Notes 48
Habit #10 Write Your Own Outlines 50
Standard Outline 51
Bulleted Outline 54
Habit #11 Add To Your Outlines Daily 57
Outlining For Open-Book Exams 58
Habit #12 Plan One Day Per Week to Review for Each Final 59
Chapter 7 Keep Living Life 61
Habit #13 Don't Worry (Too Much). Be Happy. 62
Manage Your Stress 62
Don't Overburden Yourself 64
Habit #14 Maintain A Positive Attitude 65
An Attitude Of Success 66
Unrealistic Expectations 66
Your Classmates 67
Law School Is Not Forever 69
Performance On Exams 69
Positive Attitude, One More Time 71
Chapter 8 Acing Your Final Exams 73
Exam-Taking Routine 74
Your Exam Ritual (Leading Up To The Actual Exam) 75
How Professors Write Exams 76
How Professors Grade Exams 78
Cramming For Exams 79
Yet More Additional Tips On Exams 80
Chapter 9 Sample Exam and Answer Key 83
Sample Exam 84
Sample Exam: Scoring Sheet 88
The Grading Sheet 91
Chapter 10 Good Habits, Good Start 93
About the Author 95
Other Books 99
I read several of these other guides before I started law school, and while they are helpful, they provided too much information. These guides did explain the law school experience, but I needed quick answers about simple thingsquestions on such things as writing a brief, or how many notes is too many notes, or how to prepare, day in and day out, for the ever-important final exams.I ended up wasting time reading about things I didn’t really need to knowpoints that didn’t really make much differenceor things that were self-explanatory. Eventually I had to cut through the mass of details to find what I really needed.
So the point of this brief guide is to cut through that mass of details for you. Obviously there are many things to think about in law schoolbut these are the basic principles that will help you right now. This guide assumes you are smart, with years of experience in education. This book thus provides the essential habits you will need to do well in law school.