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You can look at how you use headers in briefs as a way to estimate how to use them. Don't panic right now, I'm not telling you that you need to follow the LRW writing format for your exams; I'm just saying that writing briefs will give you a sense of how to organize information and where to put headers, and you can use that knowledge when organizing your exam answers.
The real answer is "it depends on the particular exam question/format". Some professors will ask a single "please describe the liabilities of all parties" question and you'll find several layers of headers useful in organizing your single long answer. Other profs will give you a bunch of questions with shorter answers, and those won't require more than just headers and maybe one layer of subheaders.
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Thinking back to how I did it, outline your answers before you begin furiously typing (see 8 Secrets to Top law school exam performance, Prof. Whitebread).
The outline of your answer provides your headings.
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