liLtuneChi wrote:I'd never say in this real life cause I know alot of people struggle in law school. I mean the curve guarantees that someone will be at the bottom. But I just wanted to see if there were others who felt the game was easy to beat.
This past semester I barely spent anytime in the library and only read the cases right before classes. Used old outlines and didn't use a single hornbook. Still felt that I had a better grasp of the material than last semester when I studied more and actually tried to use hornbooks.
After taking the first round of exams I realized what a waste of time they were.
Elaborate plz. How did you know bll wout reading cases
Also how did youknow hot to write exams so well? And isthere any secrets you can share? Tyia
I read the cases. I just read them like a few hours before class rather than the last night. That way the material was fresh in my mind going into class. Then I have the old outlines from past years so I kinda know what the prof is gonna focus on. I then pay attention real close in class so I can grasp all the main points. If there isn't a single point in that days lesson I don't feel I've mastered I make sure I go to the profs office hours.
Law exams once you take one is pretty easy. The mistake most people make is they feel that mastery of the class material is sufficient to getting an A. That isn't true. You can know everything in the class and still get a B. However, knowing (almost) everything is necessary to getting an A. The second factor you need to get an A is know how to express that knowledge in writing. Alot of people can't do that.
I think the thing that helped me was about 2/3 through the first semester I hit a eureka moment where the big conceptual picture of each class came into focus for me. What I noticed was how everything we were learning fit together. And from that I was able to build a mental outline on how to attack any general issue spotter for each class. I don't know how to describe it but to write a strong exam answer you have to be able to not only spot the issues but to take the reader down your line of reasoning on why your answer is the right answer. Whether the answer is really right doesn't matter but showing the prof you see every relevant fact and are able to weave it together into a cogent legal framework is the key.
I kinda lied when I said I didn't make my own outlines. I never made a real outline, you know the 50-70 page course review outlines most everyone makes. But I did make short "attack" outlines that were no more than 2-3 pages that I used just as topic headers so I can remember all the important concepts from the class.
The key to making an A on the law school exam is being able to weave EVERY relevant fact in the prof's fact pattern into you legal analysis. You legal analysis needs also be organized into the proper structure from the most important issues to the least important so that you can show the reader you know what issues the question they asked most depends on.