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PART 1: ADOPT THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND

Attitude is Essential!
Four Strategies to Think like a Lawyer
Four Strategies to Excel as a Student
Two Strategies to Bolster Self Confidence


PART 2: LEARN THE SECRET TO LEGAL REASONING

The IRAC Formula
Issue Spotting - The First Step
Rule - What is the Law?
Analysis - The Art of Lawyering
Conclusion - Take a Position
The IRAC Triad
IRAC Examples
The Rule of Law - In Depth
Taxonomy of Rules
Form and Function of Rules
Extracting the Rule
Analysis - In Depth
Analysis for Beginners
The Four Types of Analytical Tests


PART 3: GET SMART ABOUT THE CASE METHOD

Speed Reading a Case
Speed v. Comprehension
Pre-reading Strategy
Taking Notes While Reading
Cases and Casebooks - a Brief History
The Structure of a Casebook
Why Brief a Case?
How to Brief a Case
Sample Case and Brief
Beyond the Casebook: Study Tools
Legal Dictionary
Commercial Outlines
Hornbooks
Study Groups
2Ls and 3Ls
Practice Exams and Model Answers


PART 4: KEEP CLASS TIME IN PERSPECTIVE

The First Day
Typical Questions Professors Ask
Five Essential Notes to Take in Class
Shorthand for Legal Terms
Recording Lectures
Computers in the Classroom


PART 5: CREATE AN OUTLINE FOR EACH CLASS

Why Outline When You Can Buy One?
When and What to Outline
How to Outline: 6 Easy Steps
What to Leave Out
Before the Exam - The One-Page Outline


PART 6: PRE-WRITE YOUR EXAM

What's Being Tested?
Know Your Audience
How Professors Grade
The 9-Step Exam Writing Formula
DOs and DON'Ts of Exam Writing
Major Points in Test Taking
Sample Exam and Answer


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