• Resources

    Helping you achieve academic success and manage time and stress

    There are many resources available to help you succeed in law school, both inside and outside the classroom. Below is a compilation of many resources that you may find useful, including academic resources and resources to help when you feel overwhelmed.

    Academic Resources

    Preparing for and taking an exam

    Contracts Flow Charts

    Writing Case Briefs

    Law School Academic Excellence

    The Law School Academic Excellence program represents the combined expertise of law schools across the country in providing academic success services to their students. We encourage you to examine the pages devoted to students for additional information on enhancing your law school experience.

    Writing Skills

    Suggested Readings

    There are a number of readings that can help you before and during law school. Books covering various court structures, progression of a lawsuit, and the legislative process can help you become more familiar with the U.S. legal system. If you have time, watch the movie Paper Chase and read John Grisham novels. Other readings:

    Law School Study, Exams, and Strategies

    • Burkhardt, Ann & Robert Stein, How to Study Law and Take Law Exams (West 1996).
      Civiletto Carey, Christen & Kristen David Adams, Practice of Law School: Getting In and Making the Most of Your Legal Education (ALM Pub 2003).
    • Editors of JD Jungle and jdjungle.com, JD Jungle Law School Survival Guide (Carolina Academic Press 2004).
    • Falcon, Atticus, Planet Law School II: What You Need to Know (Before You Go) – But Didn’t Know to Ask – And No One Else Will Tell You (Fine Print Press 2003).
    • Gershman, Bennett L. & Lissa Griffin, The Law School Experience.
    • Hegland, Kenney F., Introduction to the Study and Practice of Law in a Nutshell (Thomson West 2003).
    • Hricik, David, Law School Basics: A Preview of Law School and Legal Reasoning (Nova Press 2000).
    • Miller, Robert H., Law School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Law School Experience: By Students, For Students (St. Martin’s Griffin 2004).
    • Munneke, Gary A., How to Succeed in Law School (Barron’s Educational Series 2001).
    • Noyes, Shana Connell & Henry S. Noyes, Acing Your First Year of Law School: The Ten Steps to Success You Won’t Learn in Class (Fred B. Rothman 1999).
    • Schwartz, Michael Hunter, Expert Learning for Law Students (Western State University College of Law 2003).
    • Shapo, Helene S. & Marshall Shapo, Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success (Foundation Press 2002).
    • Stropus, Ruta K. & Charlotte D. Taylor, Bridging the Gap Between College and Law School: Strategies for Success (Carolina Academic Press 2001).

    The Practice of Law and Legal Systems

    • Fine, Toni, American Legal Systems (Anderson Publishing 1997).
    • Tonsing, Dennis J., 1000 Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now (William S. Hein 2003).

    Writing Style and Grammar

    • Block, Gertrude, Effective Legal Writing for Law Students and Lawyers (5th ed. 1999).
    • Brody, Susan, et al., Legal Drafting Chapter 3: Write Carefully (1994).
    • Dickerson, Darby, Less is More: Use the Delete Key to Streamline Legal Writing, 8 Ill. B.J. 185 (Apr. 1997).
    • Dumond, Van, Grammar for Grownups (1993).
    • Strunk, Jr, William and E.B. White, The Elements of Style (3rd ed. 1979).
    • Wydick, Richard C., Plain English for Lawyers (3rd ed. 1994).


    • Harr, Jonathan, A Civil Action (Random House 1995).
    • Meltzer, Brad, The Tenth Justice (Warner Books 1998).
    • Turow, Scott, One L (Warner Books 1997).

    Resources to help when you feel overwhelmed

    In law school, stress can come from many sources, including the demanding workload, exams, finances, time management, academic performance, etc. While some stress can help you be more productive, too much of it can be bad for your health, overall happiness and your grades. There are many common warning signs (from the University Counseling Center at Suffolk University Law School), including a feeling of being out of control or overwhelmed to the point that it affects your ability to function in school and life.

    Academic Excellence can help with academic skill development. Other resources better suited to help you with stress management or emotional concerns, including:

    The Office of Students and Multicultural Affairs

    The Office of Students and Multicultural Affairs is the primary liaison for students with administration and faculty, and is responsible for virtually all matters involving your quality of life while at Hamline Law. The office works in tandem with school and university administrators to ensure you experience a supportive, inclusive, and successful legal education. Specifically, the office provides services concerning:

    • Short term personal and academic counseling
    • Disability accommodations
    • Examination accommodations
    • Scholarship information
    • Leaves of absence, medical or otherwise
    • Discrimination and harassment complaints
    • Hamline University and community resources
    • Student organizations and activities
    • Emergency student loans

    The Office of Counseling and Health Services

    Hamline's Office of Counseling and Health Services provides confidential counseling services for free to Hamline Law students. The doctoral-level counseling staff and interns can assist students with a variety of concerns, but can also facilitate referrals to off-campus providers when more intensive or specialized care is needed.

    Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers

    Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers offers free, confidential help for law students who suffer from alcohol, drug, mental health, chronic stress or other major life problems, in addition to other concerns that may cause stress such as job, family, financial or related issues. Free 24-hour telephone counseling is also available. Contact Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers via email at help@mnlcl.org, or call 866-LCL-MINN (866-525-6466).