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What is a Case Brief? (and How to Use Them In Law School)

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Get our Ultimate Guide to Cases & Briefs (FREE) here: https://legaleagleprepcourse.com/cases You’ll learn how to read cases in five minutes and summarize them in 3 lines. It will change the way you read your casebook. Case briefs. Ugh. Case briefs are the worst. Even if you went on a six month vacation after taking the LSAT, you’ve probably heard about case briefs. You’ve probably heard horror stories about student’s reading cases non-stop and preparing their case briefs for hours before class starts. Those stories are probably true. But if you haven’t purchased your casebooks yet and you haven’t started classes, you might be wondering: WHAT THE HELL IS A CASE BRIEF? I get that question a lot so I decided to make the definitive explainer about case briefs. In this video you’ll learn everything about case briefs: Why casebriefs suck Why they take so much time How you can get around them Also, be sure to use our Flipped Case Method. The trick is to read the supplements and commercial outlines first. Read several of them. Then, once you have an idea of what is important about the case, and only then, read the text of the case itself. This “Flipped Case Method” will save you hours of time and make you far more prepared for class discussion. Learn more in our video: https://youtu.be/PxGGbymWYA0 =================================================== If you want to learn to THINK LIKE A LAWYER and ACE YOUR NEXT EXAM, check out our LAW SCHOOL MASTERCLASS at https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass =================================================== ★ Got law school questions? Ask in the comments! ★ Say hi on Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Tweet at us on Twitter @LegalEagleDJ
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LegalEagle (7 months ago)
Ask your law school questions in the comments!
Johnny Appleseed (2 months ago)
My law school is actually slowly departing from the “final is the whole grade” standard and is starting to take other things like participation into account. Granted the final still is far and away the heaviest weighted part.
jchang133 (2 months ago)
hey there! I was wondering even if I'm not a law school student (I'm a psychology major.) can I still learn about this stuff?
rubberwoody (3 months ago)
my professor actually grades participation, as he states if one is "obviously unprepared", then your grade is dropped 1/3 of a letter
Z R (3 months ago)
rubberwoody in the 🇵🇭, we do the Socratic method.
MrSmallANDLoud (3 months ago)
what if class participation DOES count for something 0_O? Im getting my syllabi early, and I see some do have that as a grading element
LegalEagle (3 months ago)
How much does it count for?
Garry Moss (3 months ago)
Stephen Miller (4 months ago)
Still need that video on summer associate jobs 🤙🏻
Stephen Miller (4 months ago)
LegalEagle so I am a non traditional student (I’ve been out of school two years and working) so I really want to go straight into a paid summer associate job after my 1st year. But my questions are really the basics. Where to find them (are they posted, do we call in), when to start looking, how to approach the offices (through attorney listed online or an office manager for example), things to consider, difference between 1l summer and 2l summer associate jobs, etc. I know this is broad and I do apologize.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
What would you like me to cover?
Joshua Brown (4 months ago)
I wish I saw this while I was in my judicial branch class
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
Better late than never!
Daniel Duda (4 months ago)
Thank you for that. I used it in my Common Law lessons /Despite we have Continental Law in the Czech Republic/. Very useful.
LegalEagle (4 months ago)
That's really cool to hear!
robobrain10000 (5 months ago)
So, do you even need to buy Case books? If the law school provides you with Westlaw, then you don't need to get the case books?
LegalEagle (5 months ago)
Casebooks are a ripoff but you still need to buy them.
Johanna Lopez (6 months ago)
If only I would have found this video before my assignment was due. I did it completely wrong and received a big 0.
Johanna Lopez (6 months ago)
LegalEagle yes 😕
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Did you have a case brief assignment?
Zach Cushing-murray (7 months ago)
Did you take a gap year before law school? What are your general thoughts on doing so?
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
I didn't have the financial means to do so, but would have loved to take a gap year. Neither college nor LSAT prep prepares you for law school, so it's not like your "law school skills" are going to get rusty if you take a gap year. If you can do so without blowing up your debt, I'm pro gap year.
Coopy Cake (7 months ago)
What was your undergraduate major? Also what motivated you to go to law school?
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
I majored in Poli Sci because I was genuinely interested in politics and government (sadly while many pre-law types major in Poli Sci, it doesn't really help in law school). I had known I wanted to be a lawyer for a long time. It wasn't really even a question in my mind. So law school was the natural choice.
charles jhovenel (7 months ago)
I liked the video before watching it!
charles jhovenel (7 months ago)
LegalEagle I sure did!!
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
Cool. Hope your subscribed too!
Tucker Watters (7 months ago)
Starting my first semester of law school this fall. Been watching your videos to prepare myself. What are your thoughts on working while in law school? Should it be avoided altogether, or is it possible to work part time while going to law school full time?
soonsims (2 months ago)
Further they made a video specifically on this topic (extra curriculars in law school).
G (6 months ago)
LegalEagle thanks for this reply!
k b (7 months ago)
Great question !!
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
Do not work during law school (at least not during your first year, and probably second year). I've never heard of someone working during their 1L year and a) getting good grades or b) thinking it was worth it. 1L year is like having two full time jobs already. Don't add to the stress and work on top of it. Law school is an investment in your future; make the most of it.
BLOOD (7 months ago)
Can u do a video on what majors will help you before attending law school
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
It's in the works!
Liza Bennett (7 months ago)
The link isn’t working for the guide. It keeps saying something went wrong it’s been logged as an issue. Do you have another link?
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
I think it's fixed. Thanks for the heads up.
janeth rebeca Gutierrez (7 months ago)
OMG THANK YOU! Great video. So I'm thinking about double majoring on political science and history but idk how much that would help in law school. I guess my question is : what's the best major to prepare me for law school and is it a good idea to double major?
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
(Upcoming video on that topic). But long story short: law schools don't care about your major. But they do care about grades. So do a major that 1) you REALLY enjoy and 2) you can get good grades in. No major actually prepares you for law school. So do something that you will love for four years.
Dani Gaming (7 months ago)
Nice vid! Keep it up!
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
Thanks, Dani!
Old Hickory (7 months ago)
Im so glad you're back to uploading! Keep it up!
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
Ha, thanks! I'm back from vacation and ready to help students crush law school again.

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