This summary is one of many law school admission helpful tips in the new book Law School Lowdown: Secrets of Success from the Application Process to Landing the First Job – (Barron’s Publishing) – Author Ian E. Scott. You can order Law School Lowdown on Amazon.
If this is your first set of law school finals, our thoughts are with you and we can only say that it is not going to be as bad as you think. Well..perhaps it will be but it will be over quickly. While the process can be a tough one, with Finals around the corner, we wanted to give you some helpful tips. Here is a list of things to help you get through the next few weeks.
It is impossible for a law student to assimilate all of the information that law school has to offer. As such, studying with a group of people will help you recognize the things that you may have missed. A great approach is for all members of the group to work on a hypo or an exam and then sit down with the group to go over answers. Remember to listen carefully to the answers of your fellow students because they will always have picked up on things that you will miss.
While a good study group is great, cut your losses if you do not feel you are getting anything out of the group or they are wasting your time. Give it a real chance but you will find that your time will run out as exams near and you will not have time to waste.
Do not use commercial outlines or other outlines that you can download at places like the outline depot. The benefit of an outline is making your won and your grade will significantly improve if you work on your own outlines. This of course assumes that you went to class and have notes to make a good outline.
I was always shocked at how many people entered an exam and had not done even one practice exam. This is a mistake! You should do as many exams as you can under timed conditions and compare your answers with either the answer sheet or friends
At the start of an exam, budget your time from each question and DO NOT BORROW TIME. Those who borrow end up missing easy points on final exam questions. The fact is you likely have gotten as many points from the question you are wasting time on and you can always come back to it if you like if you have time.
Make a study schedule of what you want to cover and stick to it. Time is a premium around exam time and you will find that the organized student does best.
There are many reasons to visit your professor during office hours. First, Professors often give away what is on an exam. Second, they can clarify things you do not understand. Third, they will see that you are engaged and this may help your participation grade.
Do not stress yourself. You should of course take exams seriously but do not beat yourself up or stress too much. this will only lead to poor performance.