Your Fourth Year of Law School

you made it to your Fourth year.  now,  you must master your legal knowledge,  refine your analytical skills,  and prepare for the bar.

The Bar Exam is just around the corner, so stay on target with Fleming's substantive law lectures and outlines, exam writing workshops, and many other fourth year law school exam preparation courses.

Fleming's + 4L = Vision

Your fourth year of law school brings you closer to your career as a lawyer, so you must master your legal knowledge and the critical reasoning skills you need to succeed. Fleming's resources help you finish strong and keep you on target for success on the bar examination. 

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 perfect your ability to apply law to facts;
  • 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 licensed attorneys who maximize your learning experience through individual tutoring sessions customized to your particular needs.
  • Six different bar reviews from which to choose

4L Tools For Success

After 35 years as a legal education provider, Fleming’s knows you must stay motivated, study smart, and plan ahead for the upcoming bar examination. You do not have time to spend figuring out how to keep your focus while you maintain your class standing and prepare for the bar examination.

Fleming’s study guides are the best law school exam prep books and resources anywhere because they eliminate your need to reinvent the wheel. Fleming’s helps you chart your career path to success with a large selection of CA bar exam review coursessubstantive 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 4L

Your fourth year goals are to strongly finish your law school classes and prepare for the bar examination. Fleming’s is the only legal education provider that shows you the way. Fleming's substantive law reviewssubstantive law outlinesexam writing workshopsexam workbooks, and private tutorial services teach you to study smart, master the law, perfect your analytical skills, and get the most out of your study time. The sooner you make Fleming's your study partner, the greater your chances for success will be.


Yes. Briefing is an essential skill that all lawyers must possess. Practically everything you do as a lawyer must be supported with legal authority, so the importance of briefing must not be disrespected. There is no need to write out your brief. Simply do a book-brief. 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. 

Yes, the sooner you begin, the better. Fifteen subjects are tested on the CA Bar Exam. You are responsible to know the law thoroughly in every subject, whether you learned it in class or not. In addition, you must hone in your exam skills for three testing formats - the MBE, the essays, and the performance. The bar exam is not a test you should cram take. There is just too much material to review and perfect.

Those who plan bar study into their schedule while still in their fourth year of law school generally suffer less stress and panic when their bar review begins because they have already reviewed the material. When bar review begins, those who have prepared in advance only have to refine their legal knowledge and exam skills, as opposed to those who wait until six weeks before the bar exam and then try to relearn the law that they have not even looked at for several years. Further, this approach leaves little time to practice the exam skills all bar candidates need to succeed.

Always remember that you are preparing to be a lawyer. Good lawyers are self-starters. You should always think about taking the bar exam when selecting your elective courses in your fourth year. It is best to select elective courses that are also tested on the bar exam. In this way, you will be studying for the bar exam at the same time you are studying for you class exams.

Go to the CA State Bar web site ( where you will find all of the information you need to apply to take the bar exam. Be sure you look for the submission deadline and begin filling out the application form as soon as possible once you receive it. This process alone can take hours as you have to provide information about your work history, your academic history, and even your moral character history.

Also, educate yourself as to what you can bring into the bar exam forum and what you cannot. Choose an exam testing location that is most convenient for you. Visit the location before the date of your exam. You want to know the best route to take on the dates of the exam, where to park if you are driving, and what facilities are in close proximity should you need hotel and restaurant accommodations. Advance planning is always a vital ingredient for success.

Yes. The bar exam is not a law school exam. The bar exam is a test of strategy. You need to learn the necessary bar exam methods and strategies to succeed, something that you rarely learn in law school. 

You can learn the law from many different sources, but bar review consolidates the law you need to know and presents it with test-taking in mind. Bar review also provides active learning mechanisms that you do not typically get in law school.

Bar reviews teach you the law and, as important, how to use it on all bar exam testing formats. Bar reviews also provide feedback for the exams you submit for grading, which you rarely receive in law school.

Compare the variety of bar reviews available to you. Select the one that best suits your individual learning needs and styles. Fleming's bar reviews present all of the law that you need to know for the bar exam. As important, Fleming's bar reviews emphasize the test-taking methods and strategies you need to succeed. 

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