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Finals don’t finalize who we are: Let’s re-define 'success' in law school

December 04, 2019

As law school exam season approaches, the tension in academic hallways thickens like soup. Over the past few weeks, as I’ve met with students in office hours, I’ve seen worries etch into their furrowed brows right before my eyes. Everyone seems to be ahead of me in their outlining. I still don’t

Study Groups

Should I join a study group in law school? 5 reasons for and against

November 15, 2019

Study groups can be helpful for test preparation, but relying heavily on others in law school is not always the greatest strategy. This article will provide tips and tricks on figuring out if study groups will help or hurt you as a student, beginning with five

Test Stress

Test stress: This law school exam season, take care of yourself

December 10, 2018

In a recent article for The American Lawyer, Joanna Litt recounted the suicide of her husband. She attributed his death to the stresses of his law practice and of being a partner in big law. I saw this article posted at first by a single former law school

Study Time

Some tips on studying for and taking 1L exams

November 14, 2018

Your first final exams are coming up, 1Ls! It's time to mind your minutes, study the past, start formulating answers, and pay attention to your professors – and get that first good grade.

Final Exams

3 last-minute keys for acing your law school exams

November 13, 2018

You’re probably a mere three weeks from your law school exams. So everything you’re reading and doing should be helping you ace your law school examinations. Let me help. Below are three things you can do to ensure you ace your law school exams:

Library

Shhh! What not to do in the law library

November 12, 2018

To avoid wreaking havoc on your classmates in the law library and to assist in providing a platform for venting in the comment section below, I have tallied a few of the more egregious instances of misconduct.

Grades

10 tips for recovering from a bad grade

November 01, 2018

I’m not the only person who’s ever been shocked by a law school grade. Many, many other lawyers have been similarly gobsmacked and were forced to figure out how to dust themselves off and learn from it.

Exams

Open book vs. closed book: Succeeding on law school exams

April 26, 2018

One of the most frequently debated issues concerning law school exams is a professor’s decision to make the exam open book or closed book. Students seem to be partial to open book exams, perhaps because they seem less frightening and overwhelming. In this article, we take a look at the

Reacting to Grades

What to do about mediocre first-semester law school grades

January 11, 2018

If you just received your first-semester grades and are wondering whether you’re going to survive law school, I’m sympathetic. I’ve been in your position. My first-semester law school grades were my lowest. They weren’t terrible, but they weren’t what I wanted or expected from myself either. And I’ve done what you

Quimbee

Ace law school with the Quimbee Platinum Plan!

August 17, 2017

The ABA Law Student Division and Quimbee have teamed up to take the stress out of law school. For the first time ever, you can get all the tools you need to ace law school for one massively discounted rate with the all-new Quimbee Platinum Plan.

Acing Your Law School Exam

New Quimbee course: Acing your law exam

April 20, 2017

Law school exams are unlike any other type of academic test. Many law students lack the unique skill set needed to ace their law exams, especially early in their law-school careers. To help remedy that, Quimbee has created an entire course devoted to preparing law students to bring their A

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How to get the book award: Tips and strategies for law students

April 04, 2017

During my 1L year of law school, I remember walking into the library a week before final exams.  I saw a friend from my section.  He looked stressed and tired.  Normally, he was cool and confident and always had something to say during class.  What happened? He looked at me and

Law Students

Five things I wish I knew before law school

September 27, 2016

After you have completed the LSAT and received your first law school acceptance letter, you will likely celebrate passing the first major milestones on your path to becoming an attorney. You might wonder what to expect during law school. Watching movies like "The Paper Chase" or the "Legally Blonde" series

Pizza

Keep your eyes on the whole law school pizza

September 15, 2016

Grades are the pizza crust of law school.  Some people will spend extra resources making the crust special – stuffed, thin, garlic.  Some people will allocate too few resources and end up with too little crust altogether.  But regardless of the quality of the crust, it is of little use standing

Why

Applying the facts: Maximizing points in a law exam

March 07, 2016

Grades are in. You reviewed your exams. You talked with your professors, and they all told you the same thing: “If you had only ‘fleshed out’ your answers, you would have received a top grade.” As you now know, you failed to fully explain your analysis. Having heard this criticism, however,

4 pointers to get you through finals

4 pointers to get you through finals

December 03, 2015

Final exams are knocking on the door and we are all racking our brains for the formula to success. I thought I’d jot down a few tips that have worked for me. When I started law school, and I’m sure this was true for many of you, my school had

Take a Step Back and Reflect on Your Skills

May 01, 2014

As another semester winds down, some law students will graduate and begin bar review. Rising 2L and 3L students will head for summer jobs, summer school, or study abroad. Now is an ideal time to step back from your academics and consider the important skills that you have learned. Those

Study Tips for Law Students

Determining Your Study Priorities and Strategies for Exam Preparation

March 01, 2014

The semester’s halfway point is fast approaching. Students need to take stock now and begin serious exam preparation. First, analyze three aspects of your academics to gather information for planning your studies. Then, determine the study priorities for each course and choose appropriate study strategies to accomplish those priorities. Analyze your

Outlines and Graphic Organizers: Making Sense of a Course

January 01, 2014

Many law students never outlined courses when they were undergraduates because tests were frequent and noncumulative so cramming from class notes worked well. Infrequent law school-style exams make cramming from class notes and briefs unwise. First, one exam covering 15 weeks of material translates to hundreds of pages of briefs and

How to Use Study Aids in Law School

November 01, 2013

Most law students are shocked at the cost for their required books and optional study aids. By choosing study aids wisely, students can reap the academic benefits without overspending. How do you know what study aids to buy—if any? Remember that study aids complement your own hard work. They are not

Seven Steps

School Success in Seven Steps

September 01, 2013

Realize that law school requires a different commitment to your studies. For many law students, prior college courses were not essential to their futures. They could cram at the end of the semester, “brain dump” for a good grade, and then forget what they learned because they never planned to

Exam Review Begins Now

January 01, 2012

There are techniques to improve your exam results in May. If you implement them diligently, your grades can increase with any exam format.