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Should You Case Brief in Law School? (Study Advice)

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Download the Free Guide to Law School Cases at: ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/caseguide Learn how to beat every law school exam and write A+ essays: https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass ★★★ Should you case brief in law school? No! ★★★ What you will use on a final exam are one of two things: one, either the bare recitation of the facts; or a bright line legal rule. This process takes hours, and unfortunately, this kind of briefing is a huge waste of time. It’s just pure busy work. Why? Because you can't use the information that's found in those cases, on the final. It's almost all irrelevant. This is shocking to most people, but think about how you're going to use cases on a final exam, in law school. We have a whole video on what you should know about law school exams, and we'll put a link down below. A law school exam is a test of applying the law, just like a real lawyer would, in the real world. You pretend to be a lawyer for one side, and then mentally flip to being a lawyer for the other side. You're constantly arguing for claims and counterclaims, and defenses. In those circumstances, there is no room at all for most of the information that you put in a case brief. READ THE FULL BLOG POST: ➜ www.legaleagleprep.com/single-post/casebriefing Get More Great Tips - Subscribe ➜ https://goo.gl/JwQUPf Share this Video: ➜ https://youtu.be/qO_vHZi8Boo ★ Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Ask us a Question by using hashtag on YouTube or Twitter #AskLegalEagle or @LegalEagleDJ
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Text Comments (10)
mirasga (1 month ago)
Make friends with classmates who makes case briefs. :D
Jennifer Beveridge (2 months ago)
99k! Do you have anything planned for 100,000?
Sosha Adams (4 months ago)
Dan Hulseapple (4 months ago)
Hey there, love your channel! I just had a quick (and maybe pretty ignorant) question for you about practice tests. You've mentioned them a lot in your videos, and for good reason. But my question is how exactly do you know if you did them correctly? Are law professors willing to go over and grade them? From what I've gathered about law school, I can't imagine professors being willing to grade hours-long practice tests for everybody in class. I'm not sure if that's even a valid assumption to make, but how else can you get a practice exam checked to make sure they too aren't wasting your time? Thanks, and keep up the great work on this channel!
Cha See (7 months ago)
In order to know whether those two cases matter equally, we’d need to know something about the procedural posture. A supreme court case’s rule is better than a trial court, right? Won’t we also have to know about the rationale to understand how new facts could challenge the rules derived from previous cases? Please explain more about why you think judicial reasoning isn’t important given that exams are basically predictions about the outcome of different arguments.
LegalEagle (7 months ago)
That's the funny thing, you don't really read trial court orders. You only read appellate opinions. (Except in Con Law where you only read Supreme Court opinions). On the final exam you apply the black letter law. At most, you use the story of the case as an analogy. In the exam, you're like an attorney making arguments at the trial court level. You aren't going to change the law or "challenge the rules." It's pure application. You can through all the other stuff out the window. We explain how to approach issue spotting essays in depth in our Law School Masterclass -- its the key to getting A's.
Felecia Woolens (10 months ago)
What about professors who call on students to question them about specifics of a case (e.g., issue, reasoning, etc.)? I have had this happen.
LegalEagle (10 months ago)
If participation isn't graded, it doesn't matter. But if you follow our strategy of 3-point brief using multiple sources, you'll have most of the relevant information anyway. Fear of being put on the spot results in hundreds of hours of wasted time on the off-chance (1 out of 50?) that you might get called on. I don't know about you, but I didn't have hundreds of hours to waste during the course of the semester. If you want a policy reason for this, think about it this way: it's the professor's job to educate you, not the other way around. As a pedagogical tool, the socratic method is terrible. So it's not like you're missing out on wonderful instruction.
MrMasterDebate (1 year ago)
Case briefs have already eaten my soul after 4 weeks.
LegalEagle (1 year ago)
It happens. But there is still time! Fight the power!

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