Developing a methodical reading style and developing a hypothesis about your reading speed are key elements of this method. Learning to read like a lawyer also involves developing an internal and external hypothesis about what you are reading. This hypothesis can be useful in determining whether a particular passage is likely to be relevant to a specific case. In addition, reading like a lawyer will increase your comprehension rate and increase your ability to decipher the legal jargon in the passages.
Developing a hypothesis about your reading
The first step to developing a hypothesis about your reading is to understand how legal discourse works. By analyzing cases, posing hypotheticals, and considering why the court decided one way, you can understand how sweeping principles can be applied. Once you’ve mastered this process, you’ll be able to use this framework to develop and test your hypothesis. Here are some ideas that you can use to make your reading more effective.