Sapientia wrote:All of mine last semester were closed book, and I did great. This semester, they're all open book, and I'm confused on how to approach them. Anyone have any tips for open book tests?
Yep: approach them like a closed book test.
Disagree. Personally, I would focus less on memorization and more on knowing your outline. Prepare a thoroughly tabbed outline for each open book test. You will study well simply by creating the outline. Then, take several practice exams using the exact outline you plan to use. The key IMO is to get fast at using your outline, which relieves some of the pressure of rote memorization and lets you focus a bit more study time on the policies behind the black letter. This ought to lead to better crafted arguments, and higher exam scores.
PP suggesting checklists is absolutely credited. If allowed, these should be included as part of your outline. Also, if any of the open book exams are Crim or Ks, tab the living hell out of your penal code and UCC.
I think 1L Soup To Nuts distinguished the approaches well here. http://top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=157830&hilit=+guide
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