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Best Backpacks for Law School

Law school is absolute hell on the back. Between lugging around massive tomes (casebooks) and spending most of the time hunched over a desk, you’re going to suffer a bit. If I was a chiropractor or a massage therapist I would, with zero hesitation, set up shop next to a…

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How Do Law School Grades Work?

In almost every law school, you are graded on a strict curve. In this article, we break down the details of the law school curve and analyze why the dreaded curve causes so many law students to break into a cold sweat. Curved Grading Most of us are familiar with the concept of…

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The Best Christmas Gifts For Law Students

Wondering what to get the law student in your life? We can help with that. We were both law students not so long ago, and there is one thing that any and all future lawyers need help with around the holiday season: reducing stress. Trust me. Finals just finished. Soon…

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The Best Way to Memorize Tort Cases

Remembering things for any test is hard, but keeping track of all the cases you’ll learn in torts is going to be one of the toughest tests of your memory you face in law school. How do you memorize torts cases in a way so that you don’t forget that…

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Best Civ Pro Supplements

Civil procedure is usually offered first semester of 1L year so it’s where many students first get acquainted with legal reasoning. At my school, UChicago, where we were on the quarter system, Civ Pro 1 was one of only two exams we had first quarter. As such, all of us…

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5 Things To Do To Start Law School Right

The idea for this post came from another blog but I wanted to share my thoughts about some smart things to do when you start law school. Law school is a fresh start and you can improve yourself and your habits to make 1L year a lot easier. 1. Behave…

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Best Torts Supplements

UPDATED FOR 2016-2017! Glannon Guide to Torts: Learning Torts Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis The most commonly recommended supplement for 1L torts class is Glannon’s Guide to Torts. It’s best thought of as a concise version of the E&E and while it will be very useful for exam study, it’s…

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Best Contracts Law Supplements

Chirelstein’s Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts There is no disagreement among law students about this: the best contract law supplement is Chirelstein’s Concepts and Case Analysis in the Law of Contracts (more often referred too as just “Chirelstein” or, “the book with the sailboat”). Whereas in…

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What Does “Of Counsel” Mean?

I’m sure you aren’t the only one who has wondered “what does of counsel mean?” because I wondered that too when I was a budding lawyer. Aside from the fact that it sounds totally ungrammatical, there is nothing in the term “of counsel” to give you a clue as to…

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What Does “Esquire” Mean?

The title Esquire (often abbreviated as “Esq.) is a term typically used in the United States to designate a person who may practice law. The title Esquire, which may apply to a man or a woman, goes after the name of the person. So I could say: “hello, this is…

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Why Do You Want To Be A Lawyer?

There was a time when law school was a good (great even) default option for very bright individuals who didn’t have any other ideas about what to do with their life. Rather then asking themselves “why do I want to be a lawyer?” they probably just thought, correctly, that they…

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