All The Mistakes You Should Avoid About Law School

To effectively prepare for a legal exam, you need to (1) learn the law, and (2) learn to apply it. Many students focus solely on the first element of this formula, cramming and memorizing the legal rules ad nauseam. Unfortunately, when faced with a complex pattern of facts on a test, it takes too long to write an answer because this is the first time that you are applying the law to the facts. Are you reading a book about aviation and then, without ever practicing, sit behind the accelerator pedal of an airplane and try to fly it for the first time? Of course not. You wouldn’t risk your life like this, so why risk your law career? Every legal exam you take is like a first-time flight. If you plan in your “flight time” and practice, you will fly. If not, you will crash and burn.There are three important components to successfully preparing for law school: (1) creating thorough and accurate outlines and checklists, (2) participating in an effective study group, and (3) taking numerous practical tests and discussing them with your fellow students.

Chances are you never wrote a course description in college, and chances are you’ve rarely, if ever, studied in a study group or taken field tests. If you really want to improve your grades in law school, you must do these things in every course you take. Most law school exams are designed to put you under great time pressure. As you can imagine, tight time pressures separate those who are well prepared and organized from those who are adequately prepared and organized at best. There are three key ways to ensure that you complete an exam in the hypothetical format in the allotted time. First of all, you need to be familiar with the applicable legal requirements and their application

If you have used this rule many times in your practice tests, then applying it to the actual test will be secondary and you will spend much less time thinking about how to do it. You need to methodically plan your time and stay within budget for every point on every issue.For example, let’s say you take a four-hour exam that consists of two equally weighted questions. Of course, you shouldn’t spend more than two hours on each question. Despite the obvious nature of this hint, many students, consciously or unconsciously, divide time unevenly between equilibrium questions. This misallocation is catastrophic to the least time allocated question. Also, for each question, you should spend at least a quarter of the time preparing an outline of your answer to that question.

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