Professor ramy has written the second edition of succeeding in law school to help answer this question. Provides a really good overview of the law school exam process. Here are four suggestions to make sure you are ready to ace it. Open book is going to rely a lot less on actually knowing things perfectly and a lot more on analysis. In the us, virtually all law exams are open book, so my experience with them comes from postgraduate education, not undergraduate, but i would assume it to be the same regarding the format of the exam.
As the title says, does anyone have any study tips on how to best approach a closed book con law exam. One thing that i suggest to students is to create a onepage checklist of issues they might see on. A minority of exams contain short answer fillintheblank or multiplechoice questions. Just finished up fall 1l semester and didnt do too shabby.
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Reintroducing closed book exams at law school by cathy. The vast majority of law school exams contain only essay questions. On law school exam answers, the longer the better want to ace your allimportant firstyear law exams. This includes for writing answers or for the access of information. But if you are taking an openbook exam, including one that is partially openbook,2 then you have the law in front of you. Ive only had open book exams, but talking to people at lower ranked schools that had all closed book exams, it seemed like so much of what they were studying was word for word memorization. How to succeed on an open book law school exam the unfortunate trap that many law students fall into is underpreparing for open book law school exams. Thoughts on bptc exams going forward in marchapril. In such a case, correctly copying statements of legal rules, even relevant. This new edition of the law school book is essential reading for anyone beginning the study of law or for those considering application to law school. Its that point in the semester when final exams are looming ever closer.
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Each chapter and the accompanying exercises can be completed in a modest amount of time. Why so many law students perform poorly on exams and what to do about it. We also suggest some pleasure reading to keep your mind agile. Do you approach outlines and memorizing the terminology any differently you would for closed book exams, or is it generally similar to closed book studying. And it is likely that if the professor covers something in class over and over again then he or she is going to think it. Professor hutchinson explores both the theoretical foundations of the canadian legal system and the practical demands on law students today with humour and perceptiveness.
Time is of the essence, so the more prepared a student is the better they will do. Here are some ways your final exam may have gone awry. The law school faculty has set the policy that the use of computers during an exam period will be within the discretion of the individual faculty member. The outline is my personal rule book for a particular course with a particular professor. Granted, the way an outline is constructed will depend on the format. Free shipping and pickup in store on eligible orders. Open book succeeding on exams from the first day of law school.
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This is a guest post by anonymous law professor alp, who may be writing occasionally for these pages. Goldberg and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Just as importantly, the text was also written with the academic support professional in mind. All the other exams i have had before were open book, so this will be my first time taking a closed book law exam. That is what this book and the accompanying podcasts are designed to provide. All my exams however were closed book, and this semester most of my classes will have open bookinternetnotes, etc.1025 583 1565 724 579 1034 48 91 1139 1198 424 872 920 1260 1060 852 21 935 1202 630 24 422 617 974 1133 97 1498 661