15% Discount in April for All Study Aids and Guides

I have heard from a number of law students over the last month, and I still remember the cycle of anxiety, confidence, panic, hard work that accompanied the time leading up to exams. It is part of what led me to revise, compile, improve, and publish many of my own study methods and guides.

So, in sympathy of the impending exam period, all Legal Yankee study guides and study aids are 15% off in the month of April. Click any of the links below

If you are purchasing a PDF download, use the coupon code “ZXMW4SV” when you check out.

If you are purchasing the Paperback version, use “X3Z9HCKV” at checkout.

CLRI Course Outlines
PDF only

CLRI Course Diagrams
PDF only

CLRI Crib Sheets
PDF only

Criminal Law
PDF   |   Paperback

Law of Contract
PDF   |   Paperback

Public Law
PDF   |   Paperback

Law of Tort
PDF   |   Paperback

Property Law (Land Law)
PDF   |   Paperback

Equity and Trusts
PDF   |   Paperback

Four-Pack Course Outlines (CLRI, Criminal, Contract, Public)
PDF only

Four-Pack Diagrams (CLRI, Criminal, Contract, Public)
PDF only

 

Using graphics to prepare for law exams

Those of us who worked on the Legal Yankee Study Guides found that an important part of our study—especially during revision— was to have a visual representation of subjects and topics. Personally, this is what I took into the exams with me: a visual map in my head of possible exam topics. These graphic representations were “hooks” or “prompts” to remind me of everything I had studied in that area. For me, outlines are too much the same.

For example, below is my graphic for certainty of terms from the law of contract. I drew this diagram while doing my original studying, then changed it and refined it during revision. My final step was to memorize it. I would study it, then see if I could replicate it without looking at it. It didn’t take long for it to stay in my mind. (I used a white window marker to draw all my diagrams on windows and mirrors in my study room—credit to the film A Beautiful Mind.)

During the exam, if question required me to refer to certainty of terms, I had this diagram in my mind. Since I do not possess the “mind palace” of Sherlock Holmes, I would sometimes need to draw the diagram out from memory on scratch paper. I could then quickly see any elements that I might need to refer to in answering the question, cases to cite or discuss, as well as topics that were of no concern.

Remember, examiners want you to answer the question which touches on certainty of terms, not recite everything you know about certainty of terms. This is a danger to this method—you might be tempted just to write the diagram out in prose. That would be a mistake. Use the diagram as a prompt to remind you of all possible items that might bear on the question at hand.

(If you are interested, Legal Yankee Study Guides are available for Criminal LawContract LawPublic LawTortEquity and Trust, and Property Law as paperback on Amazon worldwide or as PDF downloads.

Study for Law Exams: Tips

Professor Gary Slapper often tweets short tips for exam revision and taking exams. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

  • Vital equation before you start: Days left until exams ÷ no. of subjects. Divide your time equally. Colour code the calendar. Spend no longer than three days in a row on one subject
  • At the outset of any self-test, a 10-word skeleton is invaluable: duty/breach/causation etc. The view from helicopter not from woods.
  • When you count days to exams and allocate subjects, include *all* days… including weekends.
  • Einstein: “You don’t really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother” Recite topics to a reciprocating friend.

View (and follow) his Twitter feed here.

Alternatively, you can view many of the tweets, organized and with some comment, over @legalaware.com blog. Click here to visit.

 

 

For revision help and study aids, check out our books, PDFs, and other resources:
Property Law (Land Law)

Revising Aids for Law Exams

 Most law students are in revision mode now (or soon to be). Here is a list of our available resources to help you. These books and PDFs developed over a period of years from the notes and methods of law students, edited and revised each year for maximum use.

Each one contains a detailed outline of each subject, diagrams and flowcharts, and shorter “crib sheets” for each subject.

Volume 1: Introduction to the Common Law System (CLRI) (individual PDFs only for Outlines and Diagrams)

Volume 2: Criminal Law (book or PDF)
Volume 3: Contract Law (book or PDF)
Volume 4: Public Law (book or PDF)
Volume 5: Law of Tort (book or PDF)
Volume 7: Law of Equity and Trusts (book or PDF)

Resources for law revision and exam prep

It is that time of year where we begin thinking about how revising and preparing for exams. This includes methods of study, as well as gathering resources, making outlines, and preparing study guides. Below is my collection of study aids and resources for six courses: Criminal Law, Contract Law, Public Law, Law of Tort, Property Law, and Law of Equity and Trusts. Each includes:

  • Detailed outlines of each subtopic
  • Flowcharts and diagrams of each subtopic
  • “Crib Sheets” for each subtopic (condensed outlines to memorize or test yourself)

Each is available from Amazon UK or Amazon.com (as well as other retailers) as a paperback; downloadable PDFs are available for each as well. Click below for more information.

            
           

PDF downloads are also available for an introduction to law:

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