How to Prepare for a Closed-Book Exam

Closed bookLaw school exam tutor extraordinaire Lee Faller Burgess of Amicus Tutoring returns with advice on preparing for a closed-book law school exam. Take it away!

What Type of Exams Do You Have?

Depending on your law school, you may have many or few closed-book exams. For example, when I was a first-year law student, all of my exams were closed book. I didn’t have an open-book exam until I was in an upper-division class. [Note from Alison: I never had a closed-book exam in law school. Thanks goodness!]

However, the trend lately seems to be that more and more professors are giving open-book tests. But that doesn’t mean that the dreaded closed-book exam is gone — it is alive and well in law schools around the country!

Here are some thoughts on getting ready for your closed-book exams.

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Myths About Law School Exams, From a Tutor Who Knows!

TVLaw school exam tutor extraordinaire Lee Faller Burgess of Amicus Tutoring is back with more advice from the trenches. Today, she tackles myths about law school exams.

Stay tuned for her upcoming posts on preparing for open-book and closed-book exams!

Bad Law School Exam Myths

I must say I am constantly amazed at the advice that is circulated around law schools at finals time.

Here are just a few myths that I have heard recently and what I think about them.

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Last-Minute Tips for Acing the LSAT

BlueberriesLet’s face it, most people who show up to take the LSAT are a bit nervous. That’s fine, and completely normal. However, it’s critical that your nerves don’t get the best of you and become a distraction.

How can you avoid a meltdown?

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Things I Did, and Did Not, Learn in Law School

GraduationWith all this talk about whether law schools are teaching the right things, I’ve been reflecting on what I did, and didn’t, learn in law school.

Suffice it to say, the exploration is a bit disturbing.

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Taking Law School Exams the 80/20 Way

80/20It’s a truism of life, with a great deal of truth, that 80% of your results in anything come from 20% of your effort. I have absolute certainty that this is the case with law school exams.

What do I mean by this? Let’s discuss.

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Taking Law School Exams: Ask the Right Questions, Don’t Worry About the “Right” Answer

TricycleLet’s talk about how to analyze a sample law school exam question. This fact pattern is super simplified, on purpose.

As we’ll see, the key is asking and exploring the right questions, not arriving at the “right” answers.

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It’s Thanksgiving, Should You Be Flipping Out About Exams?

TurkeyThanksgiving is upon us, which means law school exams are just around the corner. Is it time to start flipping out?

Um, no.

I know it’s tempting to work yourself into a frenzy of stress and anxiety and ruin your holiday (and everyone else’s), but that’s not a course of action I can really get behind.

Frankly, it’s counterproductive.

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Where Should You Apply To Law School?

The bestSome people argue that you should only go to law school if you get into a “top” school. The definition of “top” varies, but could include the top three schools (Yale, Harvard, Stanford), the top 14 schools, the top school in a given geographic area, or some combination thereof.

Like it or not, there’s something to this argument.

Law is an elitist profession, and hierarchy is important.

However, it’s also a very geographically-based profession (each state has its own bar exam, for example), and employers tend to hire from local schools when they can.

Outside of a handful of “national” schools, whose graduates are highly sought after throughout the country, it’s going to be a lot easier to get a job in a city where you have connections and an alumni network.

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What’s the Point of Taking “Practice” Exams?

Blank screenIf you’re a law student, you’ve probably got a ton of people telling you to take practice exams. It’s critical! It’s important! You have to do it!

I happen to agree, but I think it’s helpful to consider why you’re doing it.

What’s the point?

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Freaking Out About Your Law School Loans? Get Help From a Debt Guru

Money funnelLaw school debt is a huge issue these days. Not surprising, when the average borrower has over $100K in loans by the time graduation rolls around!

To help you get a handle on things, we’ve recruited the very inspiring Anna Newell Jones, debt guru extraordinaire. Anna runs a blog called And Then She Saved, which chronicles her efforts to pay off all of her debt (she did it!) and has great tips and advice to help you do the same thing.

Without further ado…

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