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