Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win, Second Edition / Edition 2

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Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win provides law students with a practical guide to success, from admission to law school to the first set of exams. This 200-page paperback conveys two points about exam taking that are vital to every law student: (1) Exam scores can always be improved if the student masters effective exam techniques such as those outlined in this book, and ( 2) preparing to perform well on exams begins with a positive mind-set on the first day of class and steadily proceeds with solid study techniques throughout the semester.

Well written and highly accessible, this concise paperback guides law students, step-by-step, through procedures that will help them take exams successfully:

• the author's style is accessible and reassuring; recognizing that law students operate under severe time constraints, he makes his points clearly and concisely
• starting with creative examples and illustrations in familiar, nonlegal contexts, the author introduces students to new concepts by analogy and then advances to more complex legal examples
• exercises and practice exams, with a focus on essay questions and model answers, help students identify their strengths and weaknesses, plan strategies, and organize their efforts
• the author addresses techniques for maximizing scores on several types of essay questions, as well as on multiple-choice and other objective questions
• the author helps students understand why the typical law school essay question requires a balanced analysis with arguments for both sides, rather than identification of a clear answer
• assignments and exercises facilitate active learning.

In addition to teaching students analysis and exam-taking skills, Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win addresses exam anxiety with a helpful, positive perspective. The author:

• helps students understand that a small degree of anxiety can serve as a productive motivator
• helps students learn how to reduce anxiety to a productive level by placing exams into proper perspective, by preparing thoroughly, and by adopting stress-management techniques, such as stretching, meditation, or motivational music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454827016
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 4/12/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 193,360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Summary of Contents

Part I. Overview

Ch. 1. Overview: A Recipe for Success in Law School

Ch. 2. Overview: Types of Examinations

Part II. Two Law School Study Techniques

Ch. 3. Getting Ready for Law School

Ch. 4. Class Preparation and Participation

Part III. Preparing for Exams

Ch. 5. Reviewing Class Notes and Synthesizing Cases

Ch. 6. Outlining Course Material

Ch. 7. Know Your Audience

Part IV. Taking Law School Exams

Ch. 8. Getting Primed for the Task

Ch. 9. Techniques Common to All Essay Questions

Ch. 10. Fact-Based Essay Questions with Uncertain Answers

Ch. 11. Essay Questions of a Different Kind

Ch. 12. Objective Questions



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