Buy via Amazon:
Buy PDF eBook - Just $5.95:

Law School Exams: Game Day

By now you know what I think about excelling in law school. It all comes down to getting an advantage in how you perform during that four hour period at that end of your semester that converts all your work in a class into a number you can never erase. That’s it. When it comes down to it: the only thing that matters is the exam.

As a result, I have given you a lot of advice about how to prepare for the exam. Smart outlining is one piece. Prior tests are a second important piece. Outlining prior test answers is the miracle drug. And if you implement all these exam preparation tactics I have given you, you will have a signifi cant advantage over the “huge middle” in your preparation for exams.

But what about game day itself? Are there things you need to think about with regard to the exam itself?

Read the rest of this post…

Old Exams (Part Two)

After you have memorized your outlines, go find all the exams for your class that were given by your professor. Copy them all. You will probably have 10 or 15 to work with in any class. Take three-fourths of them and read them closely. Take your time. As you read, take note of a few things. What is the feel of the exams? Are there super complicated fact patterns? Does the professor like to put in distractions? Does she try to trick you? It’s good to develop a general feel for the type of exam the professor likes to write.

Now, take some time and look closely at how the professor asks questions about each of the particular topic areas on your outline. If the class is property, and one of your big topic areas is the law of “adverse possession,” scrutinize the old exams for that topic. How does the professor typically ask about that topic? Is there a pattern? Does he or she tend to create the same kinds of fact patterns for that topic? Is there two or three ways he tests that, or just one?

Read the rest of this post…