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Academic Success  

The purpose of this guide is to aid law students in achieving success in their academic endeavors and to develop skills useful to their future practice of law.
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2017 URL: http://libguides.law.usd.edu/academicsuccess Print Guide RSS Updates

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Keys to Academic Success

Whether you are a first-year law student or a seasoned veteran of the halls of USD Law, the Law School and Law Library have a variety of resources available to help you succeed in your legal education. Time management, creating effective outlines, test-taking skills and stress management are just some of the keys to academic success in law school. This LibGuide will introduce you to many resources which will connect you to strategies to conquer these topics, among many others. 

 

Finding Articles on Academic Success for Law Students

Use HeinOnline to search the American Bar Association publication Student Lawyer for articles on academic success. NOTE:  You will need to use your USD username and password to access Hein Online.  If you have any questions about accessing Hein Online, please contact any librarian or visit the Circulation or Reference Desk.

Recommended: 

1.  Amy L Jarmon, Ensuring Your Success in Law School, 39 Student Law. 11 (2010).

2.  Amy L Jarmon, How to Organize Information Effectively, 39 Student Law. 22 (2011).  

3.  Amy L Jarmon, Make a Smooth Transition to Law School-Stack the Odds in Your Favor by Making Good Choices, 37 Student Law. 17 (2008).

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West Academic Online Study Aids

The Law Library is pleased to now offer online access to the West Academic Study Aids package.  This package includes full text of the newest editions of the Nutshell Series, Hornbooks, Concise Hornbook Series, Gilbert Law Summaries, Black Letter Series, and more! 

Both 1L and Upper Class subjects are covered! 

No due dates!

Available 24/7 from on or off campus.  Create an account to use features such as highlighting and note-taking.  Access it from the Law Library's Research Databases list or click directly on the link below:

West Academic Online Study Aids (CLICK HERE!)

 

CALI Lessons

There are a number of CALI lessons and podcasts available that address academic skills in law school.  To go directly to a lesson, click on a link below.  Otherwise, from www.cali.org, click on Lessons and then navigate to the "Legal Concepts and Skills" category under First Year Lesson Topics.  NOTE:  You will need to have created a CALI account to access these lessons.  If you need the authorization code, please contact any librarian or visit the Circulation or Reference Desk.

Exam Taking Skills, Outlines, and Advice for Law Students: Panel 1 PodCast

Exam Taking Skills, Outlines, and Advice for Law Students: Panel 2 PodCast

Exam Taking Skills, Outlines, and Advice for Law Students: Panel 3 PodCast

How to Brief a Case

Preparing for Your First Semester of Law School

Tips for Multiple Choice Exams in Law School Podcast

Top 10 Tips for Successfully Writing a Law School Essay

Writing Better Law School Exams: The Importance of Structure

 

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Where to Start? - Books on Academic Success from the McKusick Law Library

If you are looking for a quick read that will introduce you to law school success strategies, consider picking up one of the following titles from the Law Library for 24 hour checkout:

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The Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School - Charles H. Whitebread; Charles H. Whitebread
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .W48 2008
ISBN: 0314183582
Publication Date: 2007-10-01

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Law School Success - Ann Burkhart; Robert Stein
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .B871x 2008
ISBN: 031416779X
Publication Date: 2008-04-08

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Law School Survival Manual - Nancy Rapoport; Jeffrey D. Van Neil
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .R37 2010
ISBN: 0735594902
Publication Date: 2010-05-24

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1000 Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now - Dennis J. Tonsing
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .T66 2010
ISBN: 083773813X
Publication Date: 2010-05-01

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Law School Exams - Charles R. Calleros
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .C35 2007
ISBN: 073556356X
Publication Date: 2007-05-11

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How to Study Law and Take Law Exams in a Nutshell - Ann M. Burkhart; Robert A. Stein (Editor)
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .B87 1996
ISBN: 0314065962
Publication Date: 1996-01-01

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What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know - Jim George; Tracey E. George; Suzanna Sherry
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .G46 2009
ISBN: 073558236X
Publication Date: 2009-03-27

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Starting Off Right in Law School - Carolyn J. Nygren
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF273 .N97 1997
ISBN: 0890898774
Publication Date: 1997-06-01

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Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell, 6th - Kenney F. Hegland; Paula A. Franzese
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF273 .H4 2014
ISBN: 0314290427
Publication Date: 2014-03-11

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A Woman's Guide to Law School - Linda Hirshman
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .H57 1999
ISBN: 014026437X
Publication Date: 1999-08-01

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Acing Your First Year of Law School - Shana Connell Noyes; Henry S. Noyes
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .N69 2008
ISBN: 0837714109
Publication Date: 2008-03-01

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Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams - Richard Michael Fischl; Jeremy Paul
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .F57 1999
ISBN: 0890897603
Publication Date: 1999-05-01

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Law 101: What Law School's Really Like - Chad Noreuil
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .N65 2015
ISBN: 9781611637625
Publication Date: 2015-09-22

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Expert Learning for Law Students - Michael Hunter Schwartz
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .S354 2008
ISBN: 9781594605451
Publication Date: 2008-01-01

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Demystifying the First Year of Law School - David A. Binder; Albert J. Moore
Call Number: STUDY AIDS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS - MAIN FLOOR KF283 .M66 2010
ISBN: 9780735584495
Publication Date: 2009-09-17

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