Friday, November 1, 2013

Exam taking tips for law students

Law school finals are right around the corner so your students might be interested in this article from the November issue of The National Jurist Magazine: "Exam Time:  Seven Tips to Score Better." Topics covered include:

  1. Whether to read the whole exam before you start writing.
  2. How to structure the answer.
  3. How to plan your answer.
  4. Whether to cite cases by name.
  5. Whether to discuss reasoning and policy.
  6. Whether to say what's obvious.
  7. What you'll do afterward.


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It never ceases to amaze me that someone who has never met me, seen one of my exams, sat through one of my exams, or spoken with anyone who has taken one of my exams (or the exams of most other law faculty) takes it upon himself to counsel law students on how to do well on those exams. Students taking exams administered by professor R ought to learn how to do well on professor R's exams by speaking with, listening to, and paying attention to, professor R.

Posted by: James Edward Maule | Nov 2, 2013 7:25:24 AM

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