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Law School Exam Prep: Stay Organized!

Law school exams. Hard? Yes. Impossible? Ye…. No. Not impossible.

Why? Because you’ve studied hard and covered all possible questions in your exam prep, obviously!

But even if you haven’t – and I’m sure we all fall into this category – there is a more important factor to acing law school exams than studying all possible material that might be covered… It’s organizing your thoughts.

What law school exams come down to is more than just knowing the material. It’s about:

1. Staying organized
2. Practice, practice, practice

If you worry about these two aspects more than anything else, including what your professor is going to torture you with on the exam, you’ll do great. I promise.

Let’s take a look at what I’m getting at…


Staying Organized!

First, it’s important to organize all of your study materials so you can get the most out of the least. This includes class notes, outlines, study guides, online quizzes – you name it.

The important thing here is to take everything you have that is relevant for your upcoming exam and tie it all together. This means taking key concepts from notes and study aids to find the least common denominator (i.e. how do points from sources A, B and C related to Topic 1?).

The other important thing to remember is what type of learner you are:

VISUAL: you learn by reading and seeing images, graphs, maps, etc.
AUDITORY: you learn by verbal lectures/instructions, and by dialogue/discussion
KINESTHETIC: you learn by doing and writing down your thoughts to clarify them

Knowing how you do best when you study/take exams is paramount for your success in law school. Your preparation needs to cater to your strengths, no matter what setting you might be in.

So if you’re a visual learner and most of your lessons have been conducted in an auditory format (i.e. lectures), rewrite your notes several times and create diagrams/graphs of them so that they stick in your brain. The more you write, the more you’ll remember. It’s as simple as that.


Practice, Practice, Practice
So you all know this, obviously. But there are other ways to practice than to just ‘memorize’ your notes and re-read concepts in your law books.

Take practice exams. Look at old exams on file in your university’s library and study those. Ask previous students for their advice and for help with key concepts that will be on the exam. Go to your professor’s office hours and ask them for some tips. (Trust me… if you show interest, they WILL help you.)

Most importantly, do whatever has made you successful during your entire academic career. Sure, law school is a lot tougher than undergrad… but it doesn’t have to be.

If you work with your formula for success that has gotten you this far, I’m sure you’ll be just fine.


About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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