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Strategies for Case Reading in Law School | ALU

Strategies for Case Reading in Law School | ALU

Case reading is one of the most important skills a law school student and future attorney must develop. There are a number of resources online offering tips and tricks for case reading, but we at the Abraham Lincoln University blog found this guide from the University Of Idaho College Of Law to offer a comprehensive strategy.

While reading over their whole guide is recommended, we’ve extracted a few key points to get you started.

Preview – Do – Review

When case reading for law school classes, it is important to go through these three steps to most thoroughly understand the material you’re reading.

  • Preview: Look at the syllabus and the table of contents for the reading to find familiar concepts, or to see if you are covering something entirely new. This allows you to make a mental outline of what you are covering. You may also wish to preview each case in your reading to get a feel for it without bogging yourself down with specifics.
  • Do: Read through the cases and other notes associated with your assignment, asking yourself questions as you complete each case, such as “Why did the winning party prevail?” and “What were the key facts and how did they relate to the casebook topic?”
  • Review: Reviewing comes in two stages:
    • Briefing the case
    • Post-briefing review

Once you have developed a proper strategy for case reading in law school, you will be able to maximize your study time and learn more efficiently.

Check back often for more law school study tips at the Abraham Lincoln University blog.

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