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How to Survive Con Law

GUEST BLOG Courtney Boykin,
2L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

              The process of constructing the flowchart will further help you learn the concepts just as the flowchart itself will.

One of the staple courses in law school is Constitutional Law.

At my school, it’s taken during a semester of your 2L year. I’ve even heard of some law schools spreading the course over two semesters. No matter how you take the course, it’s a pretty intensive, filled with age-old doctrines and tests. I took it last semester and this is how I survived, walking away with a grade I was proud of.

Charts
My professor gave us flowcharts for almost EVERY unit. Whether it was answering an Equal Protection claim or a first amendment problem, he gave us comprehensive flow charts. If your professor doesn’t offer you any charts, make your own. The process of constructing the flowchart will further help you learn the concepts just as the flowchart itself will.

Outlines
If you’ve read any of the previous blogs, then you know my disdain for outlines. I think they’re utterly ridiculous. However, using generic Con Law outlines, which can easily be accessed online, can be a helpful tool for testing yourself. There are tons of places to find outlines. BARBRI has a great Con Law outline. It’s a helpful supplement to ensure that you’re on the right track.

Exam Tip: Study to perform
While exams are a whole semester away, you can never start too early. Last semester I wrote an entire blog about studying to perform. When I was writing the blog, I was specifically studying for my Con Law test.  Con Law questions aren’t like other questions. So, when you’re studying, try constructing a generic answer template for each unit (Equal Protection, First Amendment, Unprotected Speech, Due Process, etc.) and use it as a tool to help you answer the call of practice questions.