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Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School is accompanied by the Web site www.openbooklaw.com

Wolters Kluwer Law & Business adds an outstanding volume to its list of practical tools for law school success – a contemporary, accessible and complete guide to exam preparation by two leading scholars and teachers

Wolters Kluwer Law and Business is known for its essential guides for law school success. Now Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School offers today’s law students more than simple exam preparation. The authors, both award-winning teachers with a wealth of classroom experience, reveal what professors really look for in exam answers. By linking exam-taking to the actual practice of law, they explain what it means to “think like a lawyer” in an exam setting, and how to get the most out of classes. Open Book also showcases a distinctive central pedagogy, “the pinball method of exam-taking,” and provides detailed examples and a wealth of concrete exam-taking techniques. Initial reviewers―including professors teaching core 1L classes, writing instructors and law school administrators―have been unanimous and enthusiastic in their praise. Numerous student reviewers have likewise remarked that it changed their study habits and their entire outlook on law school. With straightforward prose, memorable, and often humorous illustrations, and a unique insider’s perspective, Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School opens a clear path to law school success.

Open Book is available both in print and e-book formats. An accompanying Web site provides all print book and e-book purchasers with access to free sample outlines, class notes, and class briefs. In addition, the Web site offers, as paid content, actual law school exams in all of the standard 1L subjects (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts) along with feedback memos prepared by the professors who wrote and administered these exams, and actual student answers annotated by the same professors.

Features of Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School

• Accompanied by Web site www.openbooklaw.com
• ISBN for the book to look it up is: 9781454806073
High-profile, experienced authors
• Advice derived from years of hands-on experience teaching almost every standard 1L course
• Distinctive central pedagogy: “the pinball method” of exam-taking
• Explains not just the “how” but the “why” of law school exams— what makes law school exams unique
Numerous detailed examples provide concrete demonstrations of exam-taking techniques
Straightforward, often humorous style encourages engagement
Key points accented with memorable illustrations
Not just an exam prep book; guidance on getting the most out of classes and law school
Extensive developmental reviews from 1L professors, writing instructors, and law school administrators, unanimously stellar
Current law students reported the manuscript changed study habits and outlook on law school
• Accompanied by Web site www.openbooklaw.com

• Free content: sample outlines, class notes, case briefs
• Paid content: actual exams, real student answers annotated, feedback memos from professors

Testimonial:

Open book is a helpful resource for every law student.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454806073
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 7/22/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface

How to Use This Book

Part I: Understanding the Law School Essay Exam

Chapter 1: The What and Why of Exams

Chapter 2: The Pinball Method of Exam-Taking

Chapter 3: IRAC – A Framework for Analysis

Chapter 4: Issue-Spotting and Issue-Sorting

Chapter 5: Rules

Chapter 6: Application

Chapter 7: Conclusions

Part II: Beyond IRAC – How to Take Exams

Chapter 8: Make Your Lists; Check Them Twice: Scoring on IRAC Exams

Chapter 9: Strategies for Tackling Other Exam Formats

Chapter 10: Practice (Exams) Makes Perfect

Chapter 11: Exam Trouble – How to Avoid It, What to Do About It

Part III: Succeeding on Exams by Succeeding at Law School

Chapter 12: Outlining for Exam Success

Chapter 13: What’s Class Got to Do With It?

Afterword: The Zen of Law School

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