Helpful Resources

Law School Academic Success Project(joint project between the American Bar Association and the Law School Admissions Council)

Law School Success

CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) (requires a password, usually obtained from the law school library staff)

Study Skills Materials (University of San Diego School of Law)

St. Louis University School of Law’s Outlining and Study Skills Materials, Class Prep Materials, and Exam Prep Materials

Law School Materials for Success (Dean Barbara Glessner Fines)

Letter to a Young Law Student (Professor Corinne Cooper)

Ten Instructions for Briefing Cases (Professor Paul Bateman)

Efficient Reading Techniques (Professor Ruth Ann McKinney)

Writing Law Examinations (John H. Langbien)

Overcoming Procrastination (Cornell University Learning Strategies Center)

Time Management for Right-Brained People (Or What to Do If Lists Are Not Your Style) (Cornell University Learning Strategies Center)

Helpful Books for Incoming and Current Law Students

A Student’s Guide to Law School: What Counts, What Helps, and What Matters (Andrew B. Ayers)

Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success (Ruta K. Stropus & Charlotte D. Taylor)

Cracking the Case Method (Paul Bergman; Patrick Goodman; Thomas Holm)

Excelling in Law School: A Complete Approach (Jason Miller)

Expert Learning for Law Students (2nd ed.) (Michael Hunter Schwartz)

Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams (Richard Michael Fischl & Jeremy Paul)

Hard-nosed Advice from a Cranky Law Professor: How to Succeed in Law School (Austen L. Parrish & Cristina C. Knolton)

Law School Success in a Nutshell: A Guide to Studying Law and Taking Law School Exams (Ann M. Burkhart & Robert A. Stein)

Law School Survival Manual: From LSAT to Bar Exam (Nancy B. Rapoport & Jeffrey D. Van Niel)

Learning Outside the Box: A Handbook for Law Students Who Learn Differently (Leah M. Christensen)

Reading Like a Lawyer: Time-Saving Strategies for Reading Law Like an Expert (2nd ed.) (Ruth Ann McKinney)

Starting Off Right in Law School (2nd ed.) (Carolyn J. Nygren)

Succeeding in Law School (Herbert N. Ramy)

The Zen of Law School Success (Chad Noreuil)

Think Like a Lawyer: Legal Reasoning for Law Students and Business Professionals (Scott Fruehwald)

1L of a Ride: A Well-Traveled Professor’s Roadmap to Success in the First Year of Law School (3rd ed.) (Andrew J. McClurg)

Resources about Learning Styles

Vark: A Guide to Learning Styles

Index of Learning Styles

Stress, Time Management, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Resources


Lawyers With Depression

American Bar Association’s Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs: Confidential Hotline for Law Students and Lawyers, 1-800-LAW-LAPS (529-5277) and specific website for law students

American Bar Association, Law Student Division, Mental Health Initiative: Tool Kit for Student Bar Associations and Administrators

Law School and Stress (Why It’s So Hard and What to Do About It) (Dean Barbara Glessner Fines): Text of speech that the Dean gives to incoming first-year law students about managing the stress of law school.

The Basics of Stress Management (Cornell University Learning Strategies Center)

Understanding Academic Anxiety (Cornell University Learning Strategies Center)

Letting Go of Test Anxiety (Cornell University Learning Strategies Center)

Helpful Legal Writing Resources

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (Professor Peter W. Martin)

Dr. Grammar (University of Northern Iowa)

Core Grammar for Lawyers

Law Prose Blog (Brian Garner)

Bar Exam Resources

National Conference of Bar Examiners

Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

American Bar Association Bar Admission Information

American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights: Bar Information for Applicants with Disabilities