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1L Orientation Course

Welcome to the most comprehensive introduction to law school. Whether you are thinking about going to law school, or you have been admitted and are waiting to go, by viewing this 1L Orientation Course entire lecture series you will see firsthand what it is like to be a law student and what will be expected of you as you begin your law studies. The Course in its entirety is roughly 25 hours in length. It is important that you follow the Course Syllabus which continues through the end of this page as the Course builds upon itself.

However as a first step you must create a free account on Casebriefs so that you are able to receive all of the information that pertains to this Course such as answers to hypothetical questions and other relevant information geared to your success.  To create your free account please simply Register by clicking the Register button at the top right of this page and completing all of the items listed.  Please review this short How to Register Video.

Additionally, some of the lectures are lengthy and are separated into multiple parts. These larger lectures are primarily in the 1L Course Overviews section of the Course. Make sure to watch these lectures in their correct order. Finally, please make sure you take notes during the lectures as you will have to refer back to them when creating your answers to the questions that the Professors give you to do.  You may take notes in the Casebriefs Notepad which is included with your free Casebriefs account.  Please review the Note Management Tools Video to see how best to create your personalized Notepad, take proper notes, and make the best use of this course.

As for the next step please Meet the Professors. Once you have met the professors then please follow the syllabus in the order that it is presented below. Additionally, as you move from lecture to lecture there are actual law cases that you should familiarize yourself with prior to viewing the lecture. These cases are presented with each lecture. Please review these cases prior to your viewing the lecture by clicking on the case name.

By the way, as organization is one of the most important aspects of a successful Law School application process, visit How I Compare and take full advantage of all their free Law School admissions resources and organizational tools.

Good luck with all of your legal studies!

 

Lecture 1: Meet the Professors

 

Lecture 2: How to Brief a Case

In this lecture you will learn the most important exercise in the study of law, case briefing. As you go through this lecture, please review the case below prior to viewing the lecture.

 

Lecture 3: What to Expect in Class

In this lecture you will see what it is like to be a law student in a class room scenario. You will be introduced to the Socratic method of teaching which differs quite substantially from the teaching methodology in your undergraduate studies. Please review the case below prior to viewing the lecture.

 

Lecture 4: How to Outline

In this lecture you will understand the importance of creating your course outline – the preferred method for exam preparation.

 

Lecture 5: How to Prepare for Exams

In this lecture you will learn how to properly prepare for exams. Additionally, you will be asked to review and answer an exam question. First answer the question on your own, then click here to see the Professor’s answer.

 

Lecture 6: Torts

In this lecture you will gain an overview of all of the major elements of the study in Tort law. Please review the cases by clicking on the cases below before view the lecture.  Also, please note that there are two lectures in Torts so make sure you review both of them.

Additionally, you will be asked to review and answer three questions. First answer the question on your own, then click here to see the Professor’s answers.

 

Lecture 7: Constitutional Law

In this lecture you will gain an overview of all of the major elements in the study of Constitutional Law. Please review the cases prior to viewing the lectures.  Also, please note that there are two lectures in Constitutional Law so make sure you review both of them.

Please make sure to do the questions as requested by the Professors first, then click here to see the Professor’s answers.

 

Lecture 8: Contracts

In this lecture you will gain an overview of all of the major elements in the study of Contracts Law.  Also, please note that there are two lectures in Contracts Law so make sure you review both of them.

Please make sure to do the questions as requested by the Professor’s first, then click here to see the Professor’s answers with regard to the analyzing and writing exercises: Contract Formation, Parol Evidence, and Remedies.

 

Lecture 9: Property

In this lecture you will gain an overview of all of the major elements in the study of Property Law. Please review the cases below prior to viewing the two lectures.

Please make sure to do the questions as requested by the Professor’s first, then click here to see the Professor’s answers with regard to the analyzing and writing exercises: Adverse Possession, Defeasible Fees, and Easements

 

Lecture 10: Civil Procedure

In this lecture you will gain an overview of all of the major elements in the study of Civil Procedure. Please review both Civil Procedure lectures.

Please make sure to do the questions as requested by the Professor’s first, then click here to see the Professor’s answers with regard to the analyzing and writing exercises: Personal Jurisdiction, Subject Matter Jurisdiction, Removal Jurisdiction, and Res Judicata.

 

Lecture 11: Criminal Law

In this lecture you will gain an overview of all of the major elements in the study of Criminal Law. Please review the case below prior to reviewing the two Criminal Law lectures.

Please make sure to do the questions as requested by the Professor’s first, then click here to see the Professor’s answers with regard to the analyzing and writing exercises: Duty to Act, Homicide, Murder, and Self Defense.

 

Lecture 12: Study Tips and Helpful Hints

In this lecture you will gain knowledge and helpful hints on how to properly study for your law school experience. Make sure you pay particular attention to the methods discussed in this lecture as you will save time and study more efficiently by following these tips and hints.

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