What You’ll Learn
We have assembled a diverse group of experts who provide an extensive overview of your 1L core-curriculum courses. Most law schools have roughly the same first year core curriculum, so an introduction to the subject matter will make you feel more comfortable on that first day of class and reduce any apprehension you might have. Not only will you be introduced to the material, but we will also walk you through the basics of how to study the law effectively and how to ace your all-important law school exams.
Lesson One: What to Expect During Your First Year
Law School Basics: The Socratic Method, hypotheticals, case briefing, first-year and upper-level courses, common questions among 1Ls; how to be sure you’re prepared.
Lesson Two: IRAC and How to Think Like a Lawyer
A return to logical reasoning: the application of the Rule of Law to specific sets of facts; “Issue Spotting” with IRAC analysis (Issue; Rule; Analysis; Conclusion)..
Lesson Three: Contract Law
Valid contract formation: offer and acceptance; mutual assent; consideration (and substitutes thereof); contract interpretation, rights, and obligations; breach; and remedies.
Lesson Four: Tort Law
The different types of civil, or private, offenses: intentional torts; negligent torts and comparative vs. contributory negligence; strict liability and associated defenses.
Lesson Five: First-Year Study Skills: Outlining and Organizing
Various methods of study; writing solid course outlines; creating and maintaining an effective 1L schedule and study plan.
Lesson Six: Legal Research and Writing
Researching primary and secondary sources; validation of current legal authority; standard 1L writing tasks, and sample student assignments.
Lesson Seven: Civil Procedure
Procedural rules of the court system; different sources of jurisdiction (subject matter, personal, and venue jurisdiction); parties, pleadings; discovery; trial; resolution.
Lesson Eight: Criminal Law and Procedure
Crimes against persons; crimes against property; the element of criminal intent (mens rea); liability, defenses; search and seizure; right to counsel and other rights during trial.
Lesson Nine: Evidence
What evidence can be introduced in court; the Federal Rules of Evidence; relevance; competency; foundation; public policy considerations; hearsay and its exceptions.
Lesson Ten: Property Law
Personal property and real property; trespass; adverse possession; present estates and future estates; conveyances of real property; deeds, recording, and marketable title.
Lesson Eleven: Constitutional Law
Organization of the branches of government; powers of the Congress and the President; individual rights including Due Process, Equal Protection, and the right to privacy.
Lesson Twelve: Crushing Your Law School Exams
Knowing the top-tested cases and concepts from each class; understanding the laws and their application to specific facts; organizing and writing your law school essays to relay your idea and analysis efficiently and effectively.