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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Preparing For Law School Exams

There is alot out there on the internet which purports to give students tips on how to prepare for exams.  One of the best I have seen is by Professor Barbara Glesner Fines of the University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law. The article is relatively short and to the point, just like exams should be. She stresses the importance of analysis and issue spotting, demonstrating knowledge and an understanding of the law, and applying the facts to the law.

A much lengthly piece which is also worth checking out is by University of Chicago Law Professor Elizabeth Garrett. Her article highlights the importance of preparation and identifies the 3 types of law school final exams questions which she calls "issue spotting,"  "thematic" and "brainstorming."

Law students should review both of these articles.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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Many law schools now have some form of academic support program (check out the Law School Academic Support Blog on our Law Professors Network). Depending on the school, the focus is likely to be on first year students. But support services often include exam and studying resources for all students. So in addition to these articles check what your school offers.

Posted by: EAL | May 30, 2007 6:31:33 AM

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