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Standard of care: nail negligence issues on torts exams

By Larry Law Law | Jul 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

I have kids.  (Hang on — you’ll see what this has to do with the standard of care soon.) My kids are sometimes clumsy and have accidents.  (Like any kids who are not partly genetically cats.) They will trip and fall . . . over their own feet.  Or my feet.  Or my wife’s.  Or each other’s (although I think that’s kind of on-purpose tripping.) And I like to think of myself as an enlightened father — kind, strong, wise . . . and most of all cool, like Phil Dunphy from Modern Family. Until they trip and suddenly I find…

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Law School Success Tips, Part 6 of 10: What To Do In Class

By Larry Law Law | Oct 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is Part 6 of 10. These are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. What are you doing in class?  What should you be doing in class?  Watch the video below, and then read a bit more of the text. In short, what should you be listening for in your professor’s lectures? In short, listen carefully for three things: FIRST, look for your professor’s specific wording of the rule of general application of any case that is discussed. Meaning, you might read about the elements of battery in Emanuels, but your professor might have…

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Law School Success Tips, Part 5 of 10: How To Read Cases Faster

By Larry Law Law | Oct 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is Part 5 of 10. These are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Last time we discussed the black letter law and why it was important. This time, in light of the importance of the black letter law, this video discusses (1) why it is still important to read cases, (2) WHAT to look for in reading cases and (3) HOW to read faster and be more efficient:    

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Law School Success Tips, Part 4 of 10: The Black Letter Law

By Larry Law Law | Oct 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is Part 4 of 10.  These are links to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Last time we discussed how to study the law — not by reading cases, but by studying the law more directly. The “law” I refer to here is the black letter law — the most stripped down form of the law.  I set out more in the following video: When I mention that it is necessary to focus on or memorize the black letter law, I am talking about several things here. The major rule, those that set out all of the elements or factors needed…

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Law School Success Tips, Part 3 of 10: Study The Law Directly

By Larry Law Law | Oct 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is Part 3 of 10.  These are links to Part 1 and Part 2. Last time we talked about avoiding case-related busy work. The tip I offer below will help you immediately reduce your study time, while retaining just as much important information. Watch the video and then read the rest of my explanation below. You now know that the case method is a long, indirect path to learning the black letter law you need to do well on issue-spotting exams. So judo-flip that shit. Study the law directly: memorize the black letter law.   By which I mean:  you can…

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Law School Success Tips, Part 2 of 10: Avoid Busy Work (Like Briefing Case)

By Larry Law Law | Oct 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

This is Part 2 of a 10-part Series.  Click here to go back to Part 1. The first shortcut I mentioned last time was to avoid case-related busy work. Briefing cases is the king of case-related busy work and to be AVOIDED AT All costs! See the video on why, and then look below in the text for other time-wasters to avoid. Generally, you want to avoid busy work. (Sidenote:  This, to me, includes avoiding any 1L extracurricular activities, like moot court.  Only your grades matter to potential employers.  Packing your resume 1L year won’t help you get a job.)…

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Law School Success Tips, Part 1 of 10: Why Is Law School So Confusing?

By Larry Law Law | Oct 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here is an important question:  Why is law school so confusing? It seems easy in concept: Read case book. Go to class. Study hard! Take the exam. But in practice it makes very little sense.  It’s more like this: You read a bunch of stuff.  It is terribly written and makes no sense. You go to class and hope that your prof will talk about this stuff that makes no sense. Instead, your professor asks questions of students who make no sense in trying to make sense of the stuff that makes no sense. You then take an exam that makes no…

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Law School Exam Tips: What Is Issue Spotting? What Is An Issue?

By Larry Law Law | May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

I am stuck in a mantra-rut if you haven’t noticed. It goes like this: Getting a good job requires getting good grades in law school. Getting good grades in law school requires killing it on your final exams. Killing on your law school exams requires you to master the skill of issue spotting. But wait, Larry Law Law, what the hell is issue spotting? What the hell is an “issue,” for that matter? Lucky, I will show you instead of telling you.  Two videos for you today. The first video concretely describes what an “issue” may look like on a law…

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Law School Exam Tips: Structuring contracts exams and consideration as an issue

By Larry Law Law | May 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

A short post today. I want you to see the specific tactical advice I offer on Larry Law Law and in depth in my premium course Kick The Crap Out Of Law School. Now, at this point, maybe you know nothing about law school exams, or contracts law. No worries. I just want you to see what my stuff is like. Watch these two videos on how to take contracts law exams. This first one is on how to structure a contracts law exam: This second one is on how consideration is likely to appear, practically speaking as an issue…

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Can I succeed in law school if English is not my first language?

By Larry Law Law | May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here is a question I get pretty frequently from my readers: “Can I succeed in law school even if English is my second language/I am a bad writer?” Here is a more specific example of this I got a couple of weeks ago: Apparently, a lot of Larry Law Law readers are not from the US. Actually I address two questions. First, if English is your FIRST language AND you were/are a terrible writer in college, I would say two things: Your writing can always improve with deliberate practice, i.e., someone giving you feedback, and you working hard to respond…

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