YouTube Videos on Studying and Taking Exams
Professors from various law schools give advice on taking exams.
Books on Studying and Taking Exams
Law School Success in a Nutshell: A Guide to Studying Law and Taking Law School Exams
Call Number: Law Reserves KF283 .B871 2008
Publication Date: 2008
This product answers questions you may have as you begin your legal studies. It also explains and gives examples of the best methods for studying and for taking exams, providing questions and model answers from actual law school exams. It describes the opportunities that will be available to you during your second and third years of law school, such as law journals, law clinics, internships, joint degree programs, and study abroad. It also provides information about the types of legal practice that are available to you when you graduate.
Mastering the Law School Exam: A Practical Blueprint for Preparing and Taking Law School Exams
Call Number: Law Reserves KF283 .D37 2007
Publication Date: 2007
This publication is designed to provide students with a knowledgeable, reasonable, and rational voice to navigate the intricacies of law school exams. It offers a practical rather than theoretical approach, by including detailed examples that show students precisely "how to do it" and "how to write it." It has numerous illustrations in the context of substantive law, to help students learn to: fill the gap between what the professor refers to as learning to "think like a lawyer" and the actual means for doing so; create a successful path from note-taking, to outlining, to exam writing; and much more.
A Practical Guide to Writing Law School Essay Exams
Call Number: Law Reserves KF283 .D47 2001
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
Students who do well in law school tend to write their exams in a particular way. The purpose of this book is to introduce students to this method. Chapters teach the law student the purpose of an essay exam, the process of getting started, the basic steps in writing the essay, principles for explaining your answer, as well as basic organizational,signposting, and writing rules. An appendix contains two actual exam questions, including a "model" answer.
Getting to Maybe
Call Number: Law Reserves KF283 .F47 1999
Publication Date: 1999-05-01
Getting to Maybe teaches how to excel on law school exams by showing the reader how legal analysis can be brought to bear on examination problems. The book contains hints on studying and preparation that go well beyond conventional advice. The authors also illustrate how to argue both sides of a legal issue without appearing indecisive. Above all, the book explains why exam questions may generate feelings of uncertainty or doubt about correct legal outcomes and how the student can turn these feelings to his or her advantage.
Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success
Call Number: Law KF240 .S52 2009
Publication Date: 2009
This concise, plain-spoken book is an indispensable guide for beginning law students. Field-tested by students all over the country for more than a dozen years for its practicality and its psychological realism, it has proved an invaluable introduction to cutting through the fog of case analysis; minimizing the bewilderment of the Socratic method; studying law; writing for law school; preparing for exams and exam writing; managing precious time; and coping with the emotional stress of law study.
The Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School: An Easy-To-Use, Step-By-Step Approach for Achieving Great Grades
Call Number: Law Reserves KF283 .W48 2008
Publication Date: 2008
This work teaches the eight secrets that will add points to every exam answer you write. You will learn the three keys to handling any essay exam, how to use time to your advantage, issue spotting, how to organize your answer, and the hidden traps of the IRAC method. Once you have mastered these skills, you can put your knowledge to the test with sample exam questions and check your answers against those provided. A special section on how to do well on other types of exams, such as open-book, multiple-choice, or policy exams, is also included.
Articles on Studying and Taking Exams
- Jack A. Hiller, How Not to Write Answer to Law Examinations, 12 Stetson L. Rev. 691 (1982) Available on HeinOnline (must be on-campus or UC students can authenticate using their Central Login credentials or through VPN).
- Amy L. Jarmon, If Exams Could Talk: Insights from Last Semester, Student Lawyer, Jan. 2009, at 11. Available on HeinOnline (must be on-campus or UC students can authenticate using their Central Login credentials or through VPN).
- Rosemary LaPuma, Don’t Stress Over Exams, Student Lawyer, Nov. 2005, at 20. Available on HeinOnline (must be on-campus or UC students can authenticate using their Central Login credentials or VPN).
- Jerry J. Phillips, Thirteen Rules for Taking Law Exams, 72 TENN. L. REV. 797 (2005). Available on HeinOnline (must be on-campus or UC students can authenticate using their Central Login credentials or VPN).
- John H. Scheid, De MInimis Curat Lex: Secrets to Success for 1st year Law Students, 37 Cap.U.L. Rev 631 (2008). Available on HeinOnline (must be on-campus or UC students can authenticate using their Central Login credentials or VPN).
- Dennis Tonsin, A Plan for Your Exams, Student Lawyer, March 2005, at 32. Available on HeinOnline (must be on-campus or UC students can authenticate using their Central Login credentials or VPN).
- Patrick Wiseman, "When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It," and Other Sage Advice for First-Time Law School Exam Takers, 22 GA. ST. U. L. REV. 653 (2006). Available on HeinOnline (must be on-campus or UC students can authenticate using their Central Login credentials or VPN).
Webpages on Studying and Taking Exams
- Vikram David Amar, Tips for Students Taking Law School Exams: Why Students Tend Not to Be Able To Demonstrate the Full Extent of Their Knowledge, and How They Might Do Better (Dec. 08, 2006), http://writ.news.findlaw.com/amar/20061208.html.
- Vikram David Amar is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at University of California Davis.
- Elizabeth Garrett, How to Approach and Take a Law School Examination, http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/student-services/how-to-approach-and-take-a-law-school-exam.pdf.
- Elizabeth Garrett is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor of Law, Political Science at University of Southern California.
- Barbara Glesner Fines, Exam Preparation Strategies, http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/profiles/glesnerfines/bgf-ed5.htm.
- Barbara Glesner Fines is a the Associate Dean of Faculty and the Ruby M. Hulen Professor of Law at Univeristy of Missouri-Kansas.
- Orin Kerr, A Common Law School Exam Mistake, The Volokh Conspiracy blog, http://www.volokh.com/2010/04/14/a-common-law-school-exam-mistake/.
- Orin Kerr is a Professor of Law at George Washington University.
- John H. Langbien, Writing Law Examinations, http://lawschool.westlaw.com/shared/marketinfodisplay.asp?code=so&id=6&subpage=3.
- John H. Langbien is the Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History at Yale Law School
- Rogelio Lasso, Taking Multiple Choice Exams, http://www1.law.umkc.edu/Students/BarExamInfo/Taking%20Multiple%20Choice%20Exams1.pdf.
- Rogelio Lasso is Professor of Law at The John Marshall Law School (of Chicago).
- Jeff Lipshaw, Beyond IRAC: Law School Exam Taking Tips, Legal Profession blog, http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2008/12/beyond-irac-law.html.
- Jeff Lipshaw is an Associate Professor of Law at Suffolk.
- Carol Nygren, Using Professors' Old Exams To Prepare, http://stu.findlaw.com/student/using_professors_exams.html.
- Exerpt from Starting Off Right in Torts (1998).
- Carol Nygren, Confronting Your Final Exam - Torts, http://stu.findlaw.com/student/final_exams.html.
- Exerpt from Starting Off Right in Torts (1998).
- Daniel Solove, Law School Exam-Taking Tips, Concurring Opinions blog, http://www.concurringopinions.com/archives/2007/02/examtaking_tips.html.
- Daniel Solove is the John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School.