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This lesson gives best practices on whether and how to form a law school study group.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the importance of collaboration as a tool for success in law school.
2. Explain whether, when, and how to best collaborate through a study group.
3. Assess the value of the study group to ensure that the student maximizes the benefit of the study group.
4. Draft a study group contract that outlines the parameters of the group.

Lesson Completion Time
30 minutes


  • Nicole Robin Lefton

    Nicole Lefton is an Assistant Professor at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, where she is the Director of Academic Support and Bar Exam Preparation. Before joining Hofstra Law, Ms. Lefton was the Senior Director of Academics at Kaplan Bar Review. In addition, she taught Legal Writing and Lawyering Skills at Cardozo School of Law. Ms. Lefton graduated from Vassar College and received her J.D. from Cornell Law School. After graduating from Cornell, she joined the law firm of Rosenman & Colin as a real estate associate. She then joined Brownstone Publishers, a national legal newsletter publisher, where she began as an editor and eventually became editor-in-chief. Ms. Lefton is admitted to the New York State Bar.

    Director of Academic Support and Bar Exam Preparation
    Hofstra University School of Law
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