Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams / Edition 1by Richard Michael Fischl
Pub. Date: 06/01/1999
Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
Professors Fischl and Paul explain law school exams in ways no one has before, all with an eye toward improving the reader's performance. The book begins by describing the difference between educational cultures that praise students for "right answers" and the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more than one approach may be correct. Enormous care is devoted to explaining precisely how and why legal analysis frequently produces such perplexing situations.
But the authors don't stop with mere description. Instead, Getting to Maybe teaches how to excel on law school exams by showing the reader how legal analysis can be brought to bear on examination problems. The book contains hints on studying and preparation that go well beyond conventional advice. The authors also illustrate how to argue both sides of a legal issue without appearing wishy-washy or indecisive. Above all, the book explains why exam questions may generate feelings of uncertainty or doubt about correct legal outcomes and how the student can turn these feelings to his or her advantage.
In sum, although the authors believe that no exam guide can substitute for a firm grasp of substantive material, readers who devote the necessary time to learning the law will find this book an invaluable guide to translating learning into better exam performance.
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In my first semester of law school, I was so lost as to what my professors expected of me and what to look for when reading the cases. I focused on all the wrong things. After reading this book, my studying has become more streamlined. When finals came around I felt more confident and performed better than I expected. This book should be recommended reading for every incoming 1L!
i read this after the first semester of my one L year- turned my grades around and ended up in the top ten percent of the class. The book explains why your professors spend so much time talking about different rules and policy choices. I wish I had read it before I started law school. But even if you have already started, read it at the beginning of the semester- it will make your outlining better.
This book is essential to cutting through all of the advice on law school (Law School Confidential, LEEWS, Planet Law School, etc.) and explaining what types of legal reasoning law school exams test and what professors are doing with class time. Although that's a generalized description, the book is far more specific and worth your time.