Our Point of view
Before we say anything else, here’s the PicJur point of view: we think that law school is hard not just because the material is complicated, but because the way the material is presented makes it harder to understand. We think that presenting legal concepts and processes in the form of visual language makes them easier to understand.
That being said, not everyone will benefit from a visual approach to law. If you have your own tips, or if you have thoughts on the suggestions here, we encourage you to post.
Find out what’s best for you
One of the best things you can do is figure out how you learn. If you learn by doing, do lots of practice questions and essays. If you learn best by listening and reading, stick with that. If you’re a visual learner, try PicJur.
The bottom line is that the only thing that matters is that it works for you. If you can learn personal jurisdiction through an interpretive dance, go for it.
Just do the reading. Yes, it can really suck- witness Pennoyer v. Neff. Cases are the documentation of lawyers’ thinking, so reading them is an excellent way to learn how to “think like a lawyer.” The deeper understanding you gain will help you during exams. More importantly, it will help you learn a new way of thinking.
You will be frustrated and confused. This happens to the best of us. Use your study aids to help you get unstuck. Just remember that they’re aids- not replacements for lecture and reading.
Raise your hand
Almost everyone is afraid to raise his or her hand in lecture. Ye Olde Socratic Method can be terrifying. But here are three good reasons why you should raise your hand. First, you’ll really learn from your mistakes. Second, you’ll learn how to act when you’re “on the spot.” Third, if you raise your hand when you’ve done the reading, your professor will be much less likely to call on you later, when your haven’t. That’s preventive participation.
Talk to your professors
This is not about kissing up. It’s about getting the most out of your education.Talking to your professor is the fastest way to figure out whether you understand something. Think of your professor as your most expensive (and hopefully most valuable) study aid.