This guide will aid new law students in preparing for and surviving the first year of law school. It includes books, audio and video resources, and websites on survival skills and first year courses. Also includes books for international students.
Your law school experience is about to change; Preparation for exam writing; Taking the actual exam; The finishing touches; Working throughout the semester; Six critical tips; The big mistakes; Final thoughts
Overview: a recipe for success in law school; Overview: types of examinations; Getting ready for law school; Class preparation and participation; Reviewing class notes and synthesizing cases; Outlining course material; Know your audience; Getting primed for the task; Techniques common to all essay questions; Fact-based essay questions with uncertain answers; Essay questions of a different kind; Objective questions.
Introduction; Preparing to enter law school; The American legal system; What do lawyers do?; The study of law; First-year curriculum; Finding your way around the law library; Preparing for class; Classroom experience; Learning after class; Study aids; Exams; Other activities during the first year; Beyond the first year; Sample exam questions and answers
The what and why of exams; The pinball method of exam-taking; IRAC : a framework for analysis; Issue spotting and issue sorting; Rules; Application; Conclusions; Make your lists, check them twice : scoring on IRAC exams; Tackling other exam formats; Practice (exams) makes perfect; Exam trouble : how to avoid it, what to do about it; Outlining for exam success; What's class got to do with it? openbooklaw.com has additional information.
Your reader; Scoring and grading; Beginning the process; From process to writing; Explaining your answer; Organization, signposting, and writing style; Getting ready; How essay exams resemble real life
Discusses the different aspects of a multiple choice question: the stimulus, options, key, and distracters. Additionally, Prof. Burnham discusses the different types of multiple choice questions such as questions that test a student’s ability to recall information, those that draw on materials discussed in class, and those that require analysis. Students are taught how to respond to the call of a question, apply IRAC to multiple choice questions, as well as different tactics for eliminating options in a question.
Article by James D. Gordon, III, published at 100 Yale Law Journal 1679 (1991). Good advice on keeping law school in perspective, specific advice on exam taking starts on page 1692. Available on HeinOnline.