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 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
In the podcast, I talk about looking at law school exams as a rite of passage and also compare them to the Ming dynasty’s civil service exam.
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
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.
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:
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.
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.
Taking your first round of law school exams? Get the inside scoop on what to expect and how to prepare in this webinar, "Tips for Preparing for Your First Law School Exam."
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
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
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.
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
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
Forget the Four Horsemen. This short “book of revelations” about exam essay questions is much more valuable in your first year.
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
There are techniques to improve your exam results in May. If you implement them diligently, your grades can increase with any exam format.