I’m going to let you in on a little secret that your law school professors don’t want you to know about. The easiest and most effective way to study, learn, and ace your final exam in constitutional law is to use a supplement. In fact, if all you do is attend lectures, brief cases, and join a study group you’re all but guaranteed to end up at the median of your law school class. So if you want to ace your con law exam and finish at the top of your class, now is the time to get a copy of the best constitutional law supplements.
1. Constitutional Law (Principles and Policies)
Constitutional Law (Principles and Policies), affectionately known as “Chemerinksy,” is the gold standard of con law supplements. In other words, it’s the constitutional law supplement that all others are judged by.
Written by constitutional law scholar Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law (Principles and Policies) is likely the only book you’ll need to read if you want to ace your 1L con law exam. In fact, I crushed my con law exam without reading a single word from the assigned casebook.
Professor Chemerinsky’s supplement is more akin to a treatise than a supplement, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to digest. Rather, it seamlessly and efficiently cuts to the chase, giving you all the ammo you’ll need to make even the most intellectual con law professor blush.
In short, if you want the best constitutional law supplement, make it Chemerinsky.
2. CrunchTime (Constitutional Law)
CrunchTime (Constitutional Law) is a fantastic supplement for navigating your 1L con law class. Written by attorney and Harvard Law graduate Steven Emanuel, Crunchtime (Constitutional Law) will be your constant companion during con law exam prep.
Here’s what you’ll love about the CrunchTime (Constitutional Law) supplement.
The capsule summary will help you quickly absorb key concepts. Think of it as the constitutional law outline you wish you would have made throughout the semester.
In addition, the exam tips are on-point and definitely worth the price of admission. Want to know the answers your con law professor is looking for on the final exam? This is the place to find them.
Finally, the short answer and essays questions are great for helping you prepare for your con law final. It’s nearly impossible to ace your con law exam without practicing hypos. So be sure to answer all of the practice questions the CrunchTime (Constitutional Law) supplement has to offer.
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3. Siegel’s Constitutional Law
Because of its Q&A format, it’s the type of supplement that can push your con law exam prep to the next level.
Siegel’s Constitutional Law features 128 multiple-choice questions, as well as 27 essay exam questions. That’s the kind of practice you’ll need to ace your constitutional law exam.
Not only will each question test your substantive knowledge throughout the semester, each answer will help crystallize why you chose the right (or wrong) answer.
With this much focused practice, you’ll be way ahead of your peers come test day. In short, this supplement will help you dominate your 1L con law exam.
How To Use The Best Con Law Supplements
As a current Biglaw associate and someone who graduated with honors from a T14 law school, here are my top three tips for how to use these constitutional law supplements to do your best in con law.
First, find a constitutional law outline from one of your peers who took the class with your professor and aced the exam. Treat this outline like gold. It will serve as the roadmap for your con law class.
Second, read the relevant section of the Constitutional Law (Principles and Policies) supplement before class and summarize the applicable law and policy in your outline. Be sure to include in your outline any nuances of law or policy your professor raises in class. As the semester progresses, use the CrunchTime or Siegels supplement to fill in any gaps in your knowledge.
Third, take several timed practice exams. This will help you develop the skills and confidence you need to do your best on test day. If your professor provides copies of his or her old exams, these should be your first choice. If not, use recent con law exams from other professors. Here are some sample exams to get you started.
Law school isn’t easy but there’s no reason to make it any harder then it has to be. The guaranteed best way to save time and give yourself the opportunity to ace your final exams is to use law school supplements. I used them, and every top student I know used them as well.
So if you want to do your absolute best in constitutional law, then be sure to pick up some of these 3 best con law supplements today.
All the best,
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