Your 1st Year Of Law School

You are in law school and your success depends on your ability to learn the law and apply It on your law school exams. 


Fleming’s Fundamentals of Law shows you how to develop and perfect your legal skills with its substantive law lectures and outlines, exam writing workshops, and many other first year supplements.

Fleming's + 1L = Vision

Fleming's Fundamentals resources take the guesswork out of what to study, how to study, and how to demonstrate legal reasoning skills. When using Fleming's resources, you quickly learn how to develop and perfect the skills you need to succeed on all law school exams.

Resources Include

  • Substantive law outlines that streamline the time it takes to learn the law; 
  • Substantive law reviews combined with test-taking approaches and checklists that give you the methods, strategies, and techniques to learn and apply the law to facts;
  • Exam workshops that teach you how to analyze and apply the law to law school exams;
  • Essay and multiple choice exam books that provide you with opportunities to practice and perfect the reasoning skills you must demonstrate on law school exams;
  • Private tutorial services with attorneys, who maximize your learning experience through tutoring sessions customized to your particular needs.

1L Successful Beginnings

After 35 years as a legal education provider, Fleming’s knows you must not only study hard - you must study smart. You do not have unlimited time to spend figuring out how to get the most from your study process. Fleming’s eliminates your need to reinvent the wheel by offering you substantive law reviewssubstantive law outlinesexam writing workshopsexam workbooksprivate tutorial services, and other resources that maximize your learning and minimize the time it takes you to accomplish your objectives.

Benefits As A 1L

Success is your first year goal. Fleming's substantive law reviews, substantive law outlines, exam writing workshops, exam workbooks and private tutorial services teach you how to learn the law, develop your analytical skills, and study smart to get the most out of your study time. The sooner you learn the law and develop the critical reasoning skills you need, the greater your success will be. Fleming's Fundamentals of Law shows you how.

1L FAQs

Law school is all about thinking like a lawyer. Knowing the law is the first step. Demonstrating its application on law exams is the second step. Law exams test both.

Your professors do not want to see bare statements of the law when they evaluate your legal proficiency on law exams. Your professors want you to see your ability to cite the law and, most importantly, apply the law to the exam facts within the exam time constraints.

Also, organization is critical to your success. Thus, you may know the law and may be able to recite it well, but if you do not organize your thoughts and demonstrate how the rules apply to the facts on your law exams, you will not score well.

An outline is a short summary of the law in a particular subject, comprised of the subject rules with corresponding case citations. A subject outline is your tool for condensing and organizing your subject rules and synthesizing your class notes, case briefs, and reading assignments into one coherent document for quick reference.

Commercial outlines are typically written by law professors, who synthesize and organize the rules for you. Some students create their own outlines. The most efficient approach in your first year is to purchase a commercial outline and integrate your own notes into it.

Fleming's has excellent, condensed substantive law outlines in all bar exam related subjects. Each Fleming's substantive law outline can be purchased individually or with a corresponding CD substantive law lecture that includes instruction on exam techniques and strategies.

Supplements are study guides that help you learn and understand the legal concepts in a particular subject. Supplements can be hornbooks, outlines, flow charts, flashcards, CDs, exam books, or any other resource that fills in your learning process. Supplements vary from one provider to the next. You should choose supplements that cater to your individual learning style.

Fleming's provides multiple supplements, including essay and multiple choice MBE exam books, Exam Solution® substantive law audio CDs with corresponding outlines, and many more products and reviews that you need to succeed in law school and on the bar exam.

The Baby Bar is a nickname for the First-Year Law Students Examination (FYLSE). The exam is administered in one day and includes both essay and multiple choice testing.

The subjects covered on the Baby Bar Exam are Contracts, Criminal Law, and Torts. For more information on the Baby Bar Exam, visit the State Bar web site at www.calbar.org

Fleming's offers a four-day Baby Bar Review, which is available, both live and for home study.

A legal exam writing course teaches you the fundamental skills you must demonstrate in order to pass your exams. 

Legal writing is a skill that is learned and presented in a format commonly referred to as IRAC. Legal writing is different from any other writing because it is more than just reciting rules. It requires you to identify the issues raised by the facts in a hypothetical, cite the relevant rules, and then demonstrate your understanding of the law by explaining its application to the specific facts in an organized manner so that you can come to a conclusion for each issue based on your reasoning of the law to the facts. This presentation must be demonstrated under timed conditions.

Most law school exams are in essay and multiple choice format. A legal writing course teaches you the exam methods and strategies for both testing formats, which you are not typically taught in class.

Since your entire grade in law school is determined by your ability to apply the law you have learned to hypothetical facts in a law school exam, you must study with exam writing in mind. Fleming's Legal Exam Writing Workshop teaches you the skills you need to succeed on law exams.

Yes. Briefing is an essential skill that all law students and lawyers must possess. Practically everything you do when you become a lawyer must be supported with legal authority, so the importance of briefing must not be disrespected. You must develop this skill in law school. 

In your first year, write out your case briefs. To properly brief, use the briefing structure commonly referred to as IRAC. Make sure to identify the issue raised in the case, the rule of law the court applied, the reasoning the court employed to decide the issue based on the legally significant case facts as applied to the rule, and the holding of the court based on that reasoning. Remember, the more you practice, the better you become.

Briefing cases can also be seen as a mechanism to practice for your law exams. Every case is based on a set of facts. The facts that generate a controversy create issues for the court to resolve. The cases contain the rules the court applied in that situation. The case reasoning demonstrates how the court reasoned the case facts to the relevant rule and came to its decision. Law exams are designed to test the same skills you learn from briefing cases. 

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