Monday, September 29, 2008
Steven Friedland, a law professor at Elon School of Law, and Jeffrey Scott Shapiro, an attorney and investigative journalist who now works at the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, have written a recent Thomson/West publication entitled The Essential Rules for Bar Exam Success. Although I have only had time to dip into several chapters, it is clear that the book contains a great deal of useful information for bar takers.
Chapters 1 and 2 provide an introduction to bar study and the bar exam. Chapter 3 covers common mistakes bar takers make, while Chapter 4 describes the qualities of successful bar takers. Chapter 5 covers goals. Chapter 6 focuses on several techniques. Chapters 7 through 9 discuss critical reading, critical thinking, and critical writing. Chapters 10 through 12 provide strategies for three weeks out, one week out, the day of the exam, and the aftermath. Chapter 13 provides a workbook section for applying the studier's knowledge of the law. (Amy Jarmon)