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The answer to the question of where you should be with just a couple of weeks until finals is “it depends.” Of course, every law student knows that almost every question can be answered with “it depends,” so the following will discuss what it depends on and why.

First, it depends how you learn. What I mean by that is that while most law students are busy outlining, the students I coach (at lawstudentcoach.com) are doing a variety of activities, some of which include outlining. Why do law students outline or study from outlines? The simple answer is that your exams will require you to show that you can work with the law and use the law in a manner that is structured and well thought out. It makes sense, then, to prepare in a manner that forces you to examine how the rules of law fit together, that forces you to categorize and to make decisions about what rules are related and how they are related. Creating an outline can thus be a very valuable study activity.

The downside of an outline, however, is that it works best for those who think in straight lines. In a traditional outline, things are related in only one or two possible ways. Concepts are either separate enough to be side-by-side or one concept is a subcategory of another. However, legal concepts often have a more complex relationship….

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Your first instinct may be to use the entire thing to pay off part of that epic student loan, but here’s how to divvy up your paycheck the right way—so you can cover rent on your pad, debt repayments and those requisite happy hours.

When that first huge chunk of money hits your bank account, you may just get stars in your eyes. Suddenly, table service every Saturday night, a sweet loft and a rotating tie rack of Hermés ties (or Theory blouses, if you’re of the female persuasion) all seem within reach.

But think back to your bankruptcy law course. It’s crazy how people can blow through all of their assets, right? To avoid the same fate, take this quick crash course in how to divide up your earnings like a boss—ahem, partner.

For starters, let’s discuss some general guidelines, which make up what we like to call the 50/20/30 Rule:

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