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  • 1. Law School and Wolters Kluwer Law & Business Study Aids Facts and figures that will help you help students find their best-choice study materials
  • 2. Law School Requirements
    • Time commitment of 3-4 hours/day, 7 days/week just to read thousands of pages of case law – no including class time
    • 5 difficult courses/semester
    • Attend classes, study with a group, individual study
    • Learn to think like a lawyer
  • 3. The Life of a Law Student
    • Preparing for class
    • Participating in class– sometimes involuntarily
    • Consolidating readings and lectures
    • Preparing for exams
  • 4. Preparing for Class
    • The student usually must prepare for 3 classes per day
    • Assigned cases must be read; students prepare a short summary–a “brief”–of the cases
    • The student must be prepared to discuss the facts of the case, the legal reasoning, the holding/outcome, and so on
  • 5. Participating in Class
    • Professors call on students to discuss the facts and findings of the cases they have read
    • Professors often require students to defend their point of view
    • Students expand their briefs with insights from the classroom experience
  • 6. Consolidating Knowledge
    • Students work to consolidate what they have read with what they hear in lectures into an outline
    • Outlines are the student’s primary tool for studying and preparing for exams
  • 7. Preparing for Exams
    • Other than attendance and classroom participation –
    • one final exam
    • usually determines a law student’s grade
  • 8. Law School Jargon
    • Brief (or briefing) : a short summary and analysis of the parties, facts, issues, and reasoning of a case prepared for classroom discussion
    • Outline: a study tool that combines black letter law, class notes, and important points to remember for the final exam
  • 9. Law School Jargon
    • Socratic Method : the professor calls on a student to discuss a case and poses a series of questions, sometimes using hypothetical alternatives, meant to test the student’s understanding and/or to lead the student to a conclusion
    • Holding : a court's determination of a matter of law based on the issue presented in the particular case Wikipedia
  • 10. Law School Jargon
    • Black-letter law : the basic principles of law…those statutes, rules, acts, laws, provisions, etc. that have been written down…in legal texts throughout history. Wikipedia
    • Everything in law school is directed toward students understanding black-letter law and how it is applied
  • 11. Aspen Study Aid Series
  • 12. Aspen Treatise Series
    • One of Aspen’s most detailed series
    • Clarifies difficult principles
    • Invaluable aid for students to put cases in context
    • A suitable partner text to any casebook sharing the same topic
  • 13. Casenote Legal Briefs
    • Case briefs and legal analysis
    • A law student’s indispensable companion for reviewing and comprehending cases
    • Focuses student study time and provides better understanding
    • Keyed to specific casebooks and should be purchased at the same time
  • 14. Emanuel Law Outlines (ELO)
    • A daily companion that provides clear explanations of the topic and manageable analyses of key cases
    • Provides a solid foundation for the student’s own outline
    • Quick, accessible reference for exam preparation
    • Capsule summary of the chapters, subject matter index, and table of cases help students quickly locate the material they need
  • 15. Examples & Explanations
    • These books consist of short, lucid discussions of the law followed by examples and clear explanations of how the law applies
    • Clarifies fundamental legal principles with easy to understand, informal language
    • Often recommended or required by professors as a course supplement and a favorite of law students
  • 16. Blond’s Law Guides
    • For the student who wants both case outlines and law summaries
    • Concise, easy-to-understand black letter law outlines
    • More case clips than any other study guide
    • EasyFlow™ Charts that tie the key concepts together
    • Proven memorization mnemonics for finals preparation
  • 17. Inside Series
    • Offers students a concise, student-friendly study aid that emphasizes the essential components of the law, how they fit together, and why.
    • Exceptionally student-friendly, the series format includes ample author-written illustrative material
    • Signposting and key features such as the FAQs, Sidebars, Chapter Summaries, and Connections, that help guide students and provide multiple opportunities for self-testing.
  • 18. E-Z Rules
    • Understand how rules or statutes apply in practice
    • Translates confusing statutory language into plain English
    • Designed to meet the needs of law students and law firms
    • Laid out so the substance of a rule or statute can be grasped at a single glance
  • 19. AspenLaw Studydesk
    • A one-stop software solution
    • Organize your case briefs, class notes, statutes, and more with easy-to-use templates and systematic filing tools designed specifically for legal education.
    • Integrate Aspen Publishers’ eBook study aids into AspenLaw Studydesk and use the application’s Legal Concepts index to connect your notes to related topics in the eBooks.
    • Succeed in law school with flashcard, quiz, and outlining tools that save you hours of study prep time and allow you to make the most of your own materials.
    • For more information and a demo go to: http://www.aspenlaw.com/default.asp
  • 20. Bonus Packs
    • Aspen has created several print study aid plus Studydesk software bonus packs
    • For only $8 more than print, students get print and eBook
    • To learn about Studydesk bonus packs please visit this site: http://www.aspenlaw.com/bonuspacks/
  • 21. Exam Prep Series
  • 22. Glannon Guides
    • Students work through multiple-choice questions to clarify legal issues
    • Detailed explanations of right and wrong answers
    • Designed principally for exam review with exam-taking pointers
    • Can also be used during the semester to assist with class preparation
    • A new audio/MP3 version is available
  • 23. CrunchTime
    • Focuses the student on the key concepts for exams
    • Helps students to condense their own outlines
    • Detailed flow charts help the visual learner understand points of law
    • Test taking tips and sample questions
  • 24. CrunchTime Audio
    • Convenient MP3 audio format lets you listen on your computer or portable MP3 player
    • A capsule summary that explains clearly the major topics and issues covered in the course
    • Multiple-choice questions with answers that build exam-taking skills and confidence
    • Practice questions and answers modeled on the short-answer exam format
    • Exam tips that teach you how to avoid common traps and pitfalls
  • 25. Law in a Flash (LIAF)
    • Flash cards that ask a legal question on one side and provide a clear answer on the other
    • LIAF cards use hypotheticals –often humorous ones– to help students to remember black-letter law
    • Portable – students can take the cards with them and use them any time
  • 26. Friedman’s Practice Series
    • Provides actual essay exam questions from top law schools with model answers provided by the professors who wrote the questions
    • Multiple-choice questions and analysis from law school professors
    • Offers valuable insight into how to succeed at essay exams
  • 27. Siegel’s Series
    • Works through key topics in a Q&A format
    • An additional source for self-quizzing
    • Multiple choice questions with model answers
    • Essay questions with model answers
    • Available for all major subjects and electives
    • Great for exam prep
  • 28. The Bar Exam
  • 29. About the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE)
    • Six-hour examination containing 200 multiple choice questions
    • Divided into two periods of three hours each (morning and afternoon)
    • Covers contracts, torts, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, and real property
  • 30. About the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE)
    • Essay questions
    • Usually there are 6 questions, students have 30 minutes for each essay,
    • Questions may cover any of 12 areas of law
    • Some questions may cover more than one area
  • 31. About the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
    • Skills questions
    • Two 90-minute questions
    • Covers legal and fact analysis, problem solving, ethical dilemmas, management of a lawyering task, and communication
  • 32. About the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
    • Sixty multiple-choice questions in two-hours and five minutes
    • Required for admission to the bars of all but four US jurisdictions
    • Used to measure the examinee's knowledge and understanding of established standards related to a lawyer's professional conduct
  • 33. Studying to Take the Bar
    • 80% of students surveyed spent between $2000-$5000 on bar review materials
    • 92% of students surveyed said they would purchase bar review aids in the bookstore
  • 34. Bar Review Study Aids
  • 35. Emanuel’s Rigos Bar Review
    • Comprehensive home study series
    • Combines excellent coverage and outlines with practice questions and full answer rationale
    • Stand-alone review but also an outstanding supplement to bar review courses
    • Buy MBE, MPRE, MEE, and MPT separately or as a set
  • 36. Strategies and Tactics
    • Invaluable advice and practice for exam taking
    • Strategies & Tactics for the MBE
    • Strategies & Tactics for the MPRE
    • Strategies & Tactics for the Finz Multistate
  • 37. Bar in a Box
    • MBE Refresher DVD lectures with integrated PowerPoints on the most commonly-tested black letter law found on the MBE.
      • Introduction to the MBE – Steve Emanuel
      • Evidence – Joel Friedman, Tulane
      • Criminal Law & Procedure – Laurie Levenson, Loyola
      • Contracts, Nancy Rapoport, UNLV
      • Torts, Ward Farnsworth, Boston University
      • Constitutional Law, Vik Amar, UC Davis
      • Real Property, Catherine Carpenter, Southwestern
    • Bonus DVDs: Criminal Law & Procedure and Contracts, both by Steve Emanuel
    • Six Emanuel MBE outlines, one on each MBE subject, to take the user through the logical progression of MBE content.
    • A 200-question MBE practice test, with full explanatory answers, similar in scope and equal in length to the actual MBE.
  • 38. Bookstore Success Tips For Law Reference
  • 39. Tips for success
    • Use Aspen recall notices to keep stock current
    • Use end caps and table tops to prominently display seasonal titles
      • May/December: Exam review
      • January/August: General study aids
    • Cross-merchandise Casenotes with appropriate casebooks