Ray's J.D. (Juris Doctor)
The "Definition Sheets":
What are Definition Sheets?:
NOTE: The LINK to the One Sheets / Definition Sheets is on the FYLSX Video Page, and with the third video
titled, "Introduction to the One Sheets / Definition Sheets."
Once you go over the available sample essay answers and pull out all of the issues written up by the authors, you
arrange them into a logical format and seek to find the most perfect, exam ready definitions that you can.
What you end up with, are Definition Sheets.
These sheets will contain the definitions and rules of law that are the easiest to memorize, cover the most ground
in the fewest words and get the job done on essay questions.
Homicide: The killing of one human being by another human being. It really doesn't get any easier than
that, and this sort of thing is what you are seeking to create throughout the entire document that will become your
personal Definition Sheets.
From the hundreds of pages per subject that we must know, I have Contracts and Torts down to five simple pages
of definitions. Criminal Law is just three.
This is what you need to create, and you cannot create it unless you know what you are going to be tested on for
your final exam or the FYLSX.
Fortunately, I created three spreadsheets that cover 99.9% of the issues spotted and written up by the authors
(who passed!) from 2002 through 2011.
You need to zoom in on these pdf files to read them clearly, but once you do, it will be obvious what the California
Bar is testing us on!
You will see four types of issues:
1) Issues that come up ALL the time - you must memorize all of these!
You will find that that the primary issues that you must master fall into the general categories of:
2) Issues that come up often enough for concern - you should memorize these too.
3) Issues that come up every so often - you should be familiar with these.
4) Issues that rarely come up, once in five or ten years. Don't waste too much of your time on these, if any!
In Contracts, it is Formation.
You want to be familiar with as many of the issues as you can - just don't waste precious time on remote issues that
hardly ever come up. Chances are that you could probably make up a pretty good rule - then argue your made up rule
well enough to pass. Sometimes, it just works out that way.
In Criminal Law, it is Homicide.
In Torts, it is Negligence / Products Liability.
Why don't I Publish My Definition Sheets?:
Well, the fun fact is that I have been publishing the One Sheets / Definition Sheets since mid January 2015, so check out the
FYLSX Video page for the links!