Harvard Law School will no longer require the LSAT for admission

Harvard Law School will no longer require the LSAT for admission

From WaPo:

For 70 years, the LSAT has been a rite of passage to legal education, a test designed to gauge students’ ability to learn the law.

But its dominance could change. Beginning this fall, Harvard Law School will allow applicants to submit their scores from either the Graduate Record Examination or the Law School Admission Test.

The significant change in admissions, a pilot program at Harvard, is part of a broader strategy to expand access. Because many students consider graduate school as well as law school, and because the GRE is offered often and in many places worldwide, the decision could make it easier and less expensive for people to apply, school officials said.

Harvard’s decision was announced this week, just before the arm of the American Bar Association that accredits law schools considers changing its standards to allow tests other than the LSAT.

Read full article at www.washingtonpost.com

How Visual Learning Tools Can Help You in Law School (lawschooltoolbox)

From LawSchoolToolBox about an approach to learning for law school students. We find this interesting, because our “Diagrams and Flowcharts” sections of our study guides are a small attempt at visual learning.

Check out the full article below.

How Visual Learning Tools Can Help You in Law School: An Interview with SketchyLaw

We recently sat down with Kipp Mueller, co-founder of SketchyLaw, an innovative visual review supplement for law school and bar exam students. Using hand drawn original video scenes, SketchyLaw aims to help students review and remember important legal concepts in a unique way. We spoke to Kipp about the story of SketchyLaw, how it works, and why he thinks law students will benefit from signing up.

SketchyLaw is structured as a “freemium” program, meaning we have several videos you can access for free and if you pay a small fee, you get access to the full curriculum. Our goals are to be student friendly, cheap, and easy to use. We don’t try to nickel and dime our students; we just have one simple price. At the end of the day, the program was made by law students, for law students.

Read full article at lawschooltoolbox.com

Law Student Newsletter for March 2017

Law Student Newsletter for March 2017


The latest Legal Yankee newsletter is now available: new articles, resources and more for law students.

This month:

  • Want to write a blog post for Legal Yankee?
  • When is the Best Time to Start Outlining Your Law School Courses?
  • New lecture recordings: Property and Trusts
  • New: Criminal Law Study Guide, third edition
  • Jurisprudence 2017 – the examination
  • Top barrister takes to Twitter to reveal what law schools don’t (but really should) teach their students


Test Yourself: Criminal Law quizzes with MCQs

London Law Lectures has updated its recordings for Criminal law with he following:

  • Homicide: 16 lessons (120 minutes) followed by 38 quiz questions CLICK
    Fraud Act 2006: 5 lessons (38 minutes) followed by 14 quiz questions. CLICK
    Automatism and insanity: 6 lessons (45 minutes) followed by 20 quiz questions. CLICK

Seeking Law Student Blogs

At one time, law student blogs were all the rage. Some were updated continually, others began well and fizzled out (like many blogs). As those student bloggers graduated and went on, the blogs died. Less students were interested in spending time writing a blog rather than studying. While culling the herd is a good thing, the better blogs brought law students together from around the globe and began conversations that would never have happened. Legal Yankee began as a law student blog, and then became law student support site and producer of resources, growing from one person to a volunteer staff of four.

There are a few good ones out there, still:

Do you have a blog not listed here? Do you know someone who does? Contact us using the form below, and we’ll add them to it!

Message: New law student blog

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Jurisprudence & Legal Theory: Outlines, Diagrams, & Exam Study Sheets

Jurisprudence & Legal Theory: Outlines, Diagrams, & Exam Study Sheets

Jurisprudence & Legal Theory: Outlines, Diagrams, & Exam Study SheetsJurisprudence: Outlines, Diagrams, and Study Sheets is a collection of outlines and diagrams as an aid to the study of Jurisprudence and Legal Theory. Designed to help you get the big picture of the theories, jurists, and philosophical and historical background of the subject. Use the diagrams to see an overall picture of each subtopic before you begin reading your texts, to organize your notes, and to review and revise. Prepare for your exams by using them to test your knowledge on the details.

This book covers the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Jurisprudence
  2. The Nature of Legal Theory
  3. Hobbes, Bentham, and Austin: Imperative Theory
  4. Natural Law Theory
  5. HLA Hart’s The Concept of Law
  6. The Rule of Recognition
  7. Hart’s Defenses Against Natural Law Theory and Fuller
  8. Raz’s Theory of Law: Service Conception
  9. Practical Reason
  10. Kelsen’s Theory of Law: Norms and Delicts
  11. Dworkin’s Theory of Law
  12. Marxism and Marxist Legal Theory
  13. Liberalism
  14. Feminist Legal Theory

When is the Best Time to Start Outlining Your Law School Courses?

When is the Best Time to Start Outlining Your Law School Courses?Law School Toolbox asks the following excellent question: “Why not just wait until the end of your course or the second half of the course to start outlining?” A recent post offers these three reasons:

  1. The process of trying to outline a legal topic will force you to discover whether or not you understand that legal topic.
  2. Chances are you will get more help from your law professors if you approach them early in the semester.
  3. Doing a complete and concise outline will ensure you receive the highest grades you are capable of on law school exams!

Good reasons, and some more fine advice in this post, which you can read by clicking below:

New lecture recordings: Property and Trusts

Jurisprudence 2017 – the examinationNew  recordings from Lond Law Lectures:

PROPERTY LAW: Co-ownership of property This series of lecture presentations by Gianni Vuolo covers the law relating to express and implied co-ownership of land, including the special rules applicable to co-ownership of a family home. Duration 125 minutes. For more information please CLICK HERE FOR MORE

LAW OF TRUSTS: Creation of Express Trusts In this lecture presentation Gianni Vuolo considers the creation of express trusts with the focus on declarations of trust. Duration 50 minutes. For more information please CLICK HERE FOR MORE

By Gianni Vuolo, full time lecturer and examiner of Property Law, Law of Contract and Criminal Law. Currently teaches on the LLB programme at SOAS, University of London.

New: Criminal Law Study Guide, third edition

New: Criminal Law Study Guide, third edition

We have updated our Criminal Law study guide!

  • All new for 2017
  • Better layout, easier to read and use for review and revising
  • Includes outlines, diagrams, and study sheets
  • For the first time, available in paperback, as well as eBook versions (Kindle, iBooks, Nook, and Kobo)

Criminal Law: Outlines, Diagrams, and Exam Study Sheets is designed to aid you in study and preparation for exams. The book contains three sections: Outlines, Diagrams, and Crib Sheets. Outlines are detailed outlines of the course material, arranged by topic. Diagrams are perfect companions to the Outlines, containing flow charts, diagrams, and other visual aids for each topic. Exam Study Sheets are condensed outlines, perfect for getting the ‘big picture,’ for revising, and for testing yourself on the details. All three sections include statutes, cases, and key terms, arranged and color-coded to maximize your studying, memorizing, and revising/reviewing.

Topics include: Elements of an Offense; Actus Reus: Voluntariness, Omissions, Consequences; Mens Rea; Murder and Homicide; Voluntary Manslaughter; Simple Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person; Aggravated Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person; Sexual Offenses; Failure of Proof Defense & Justificatory Defenses; Excusatory Defenses & Mental Disorder Defenses; Attempt; Parties to Crime; Theft; Fraud; Robbery; Burglary; Criminal Damage.



Jurisprudence 2017 – the examination

Jurisprudence 2017 – the examination from UoL

Jurisprudence 2017 – the examinationLondon Law Lectures has posted a notice about the Jurisprudence examination at the Uni of London. It raises a question about a prohibition on the exam which disallows choosing a question if it would “substantially” overlap with an answer from the set question. The question is, of course, what constitutes “substantially”?

From LLBLondon:

This year, for the first time part A of the Jurisprudence examination will include three questions on a ‘set case’ and candidates will be required to answer one of them. The set case for this year is R v R (rape: marital exemption) [1992] 1AC 599; [1991] 4 All ER 481 and the Module Convenor has stated that the questions will be drafted from the following three ‘perspectives’:

1. Theories of Adjudication and their implications for the nature of law
2. Natural Law (including Fuller’s Rule of Law theory)
3. Feminist Legal Theory.

Part B of the 2017 examination can potentially include any of the other syllabus topics except those specifically excluded (this year the topics in chapters 12,16 and 17 are excluded).

And the Chief Examiner warns:

“Substantive issues contained in the three perspectives set out in Part A could potentially [also] appear in Part B but you are not permitted to answer the relevant question(s) if you will be repeating, substantially overlapping or duplicating your answer from Part A.”

A number of us have concerns regarding this prohibition particularly in relation to the expression ‘substantially overlapping’.

Read full article at www.llblondon.com


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