50 Years, 100 Bar Exams: Our Exclusive, Expert Tips
By Mike Sims, BARBRI President
Your goal is to learn the rules of the law and what you can do with the rules – how to actually apply the law to specific situations.
LEARN THE RULES, ELEMENTS AND STORIES.
Just about everyone has used flashcards during law school and especially bar exam prep time. They can be a helpful technique for learning the vast substantive material that may show up on MBE and essay questions. How you go about creating them though will make the biggest difference in your success.
You can reinvent your flashcards with one simple addition that significantly enhances your recall and application of the law.
You’ll find that traditional two-sided flashcards include a black letter law rule on one side and the elements of that specific rule on the other side. It’s simply meant for fast, rote memorization that comes with repetitive review which can be a mistake in bar prep. The goal is not to memorize vast amounts of information. Your goal is to learn the rules of the law and what you can do with the rules – how to actually apply the law to specific situations.
Here’s what to do: Go beyond the traditional format and make three-sided flashcards.
Reinvent your flashcards to include the name of the rule (such as Battery), the elements of that rule (intent, contact, harm and damages) and then construct a relevant story that applies the elements (your friend hit you with your BARBRI books). You’ll get more out of your flashcards than just an overview of basic components and definitions, and you’ll learn the law, not merely memorize it.
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