De Minimis Curat Lex: Secrets to Success for 1st Year Law Students

“De Minimis Curat Lex: Secrets to Success for 1st Year Law Students,” by Professor John H. Scheid, 37 Capital University Law Review 632 (2009).

“To say the least, the study of law for entering students can be frustrating.  However, there are tricks of the trade,” writes Professor Scheid in the beginning of the article.

Here is the list of the “Seven Steps to Success” excerpted from the work.  The author provides examples and reasons for the following steps:

A. Brief the Cases Before You Come to Class

B. In Each Case Come to Some Conclusion as to the Principle(s) or Rule(s) of the Case

C. Within an Hour Before Class, Review Your Briefs for That Day

D. Take Class Notes in a Separate Book, Preferably on Loose-Leaf Paper, but Definitely Not on the Brief Itself

E. Take Class Notes Only on One Side of the Spiral Notebook.  Leave Plenty of Room Between Notes.  As Soon as You Leave Class Go to the Library and Fill in Your Notes

F. Before Briefing Cases for Tomorrow’s Subject, Review the Class Notes of the Last Two Weeks for That Subject

G. Brief the Cases for the Next Day


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About Erika Wayne

Erika V. Wayne is deputy library director and lecturer in law at Stanford Law School. Along with George Wilson, Kate Wilko and Paul Lomio, Erika Wayne has co-taught Advanced Legal Research for 3 years. Erika's interest in Open Access dates back to the 1996 when she helped in the development of the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse -- the first court designated internet site for public posting of securities litigation filings. And, she hates to pay for *anything* that should be free. She has a law degree from Penn and a library degree from Illinois.

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