Final Exam Advice
It does not matter what year you are, there are two words that strike fear into the hearts of any law student "Final Exams!" At the mere mention of these two innocuous, two syllable words; blood runs cold, pulses race, sweat drips and panic sets in. Months of hard work will be reduced to a few questions on which a law school career can be made or broken.
Relax, the New York State Bar Association is here to help. Take a deep, cleansing breath and get something to drink as we are providing students with the best advise on prepping for and taking the dreaded final exams.
"One thing I would recommend is that students not fall into the trap of gathering and discussing the exam just before they sit down and take it. The number of times I saw people melt into panic in the minutes before the door opened and people rushed in to get their “favorite” seat was astounding."
- Kevin Getnick, NYSBA Executive Services Counsel
Helpful Links -
Law School Toolbox -
"To write a great law school exam answer, you’ve got to do one critical thing: Deal with the ambiguity. Why is ambiguity important? I know, you want there to be one “right” answer. Time to get over that. Why? Because the points are in the debate."
This Girls Guide to Law School -
"From an old student outline: Similarly, starting with a well-organized prior outline which makes sense to you can help clarify the law you studied and show you what you really need to know. Make sure the outline is from your professor! Studying what someone else taught in detail is unlikely to help."
Legal Solutions Blog -
"While you are working on your outline and/or after you’ve completed it, take note of any specific cases, statutes, or general themes that seem to come up more often than others."
Law School Academic Support Blog -
"Learn the material before an open-book exam. You will not have time to look everything up. You want to organize the materials you will have available, but learning is more important than 200 tabs."
The Law School Hacker -
"Okay, law school exams are weird. Why? What is going on?"