The Heafey Law Library has a number of materials designed as exam study aids. If you are looking for a nutshell guide that is not listed here, you may do a keyword search for "Nutshell Series" and then the subject keyword. For example, to find a nutshell guide on constitutional law you would do an advanced keyword search for "Nutshell series" and "constitutional". If you'd like to see all 500 nutshell guides the library owns, click here. In addition to nutshells, there are question and answer series designed for 1L/2L courses. To see a list of each series click on the corresponding series name: Lexis Q/A Series,Exam Pro, Siegel's, Examples and Explanation Series, and Law School Exam Series.
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Deconstructing Legal Analysis: a 1L Primer
Call Number: KF283 W46 2009
Publication Date: 2009
This text provides a variety of time-tested techniques-including a unique model for visualizing legal analysis-to teach students how to think like lawyers and take law school exams.
Getting to maybe : how to excel on law school exams
Call Number: KF283 .F57 1999
This text describes the law school culture that rewards nuanced analysis of ambiguous situations in which more than one approach may be correct. Getting to maybe teaches how to excel on law school exams by showing the reader how legal analysis can be brought to bear on examination problems. The book contains hints on studying and preparation. The authors also illustrate how to argue both sides of a legal issue without appearing wishy-washy or indecisive. No exam guide can substitute for a firm grasp of substantive material, readers who devote the necessary time to learning the law will find this book an invaluable guide to translating learning into better exam performance.
How to do your best on law school exams
Call Number: KF283 .D44 2001 Law Open Reserve Room
This text shows the reader how to practice and excel at the two core law-exam tasks: spotting issues and resolving them with succinct lawyerly arguments. It includes many actual exam problems with illustrative "A" and occasional poor answers, and detailed comments explaining why exam arguments are excellent, mediocre or poor.
Law school exams : preparing and writing to win
Call Number: KF283 .C35 2007 Law Open Reserve Room
This concise paperback guides law students through procedures that will help them take exams successfully. The author introduces students to new concepts by analogy and then advances to more complex legal examples, exercises and practice exams, with a focus on essay questions and model answers, helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses, plan strategies, and organize their efforts. The author addresses techniques for maximizing scores on several types of essay questions, as well as on multiple-choice and other objective questions, and helps students understand why the typical law school essay question requires a balanced analysis with arguments for both sides, rather than identification of a clear answer.
Learning outside the box : a handbook for law students who learn differently
Call Number: Law Open Reserve KF283 C48 2011
Partial contents: Writing in law school: legal structure, IRAC (no, not the country ...) and TREAC; Tips for organizing your legal research; Outlining: it's so much more than simply creating a really long document on your computer; The law school essay exam; Taking the multiple-choice law school exam.
Mastering the law school exam : a practical blueprint for preparing and taking law school exams
Call Number: KF283 .D37 2007 Law Open Reserve Room
Mastering the law school exam is text designed to provide students with a knowledgeable, reasonable, and rational voice to navigate the intricacies of law school exams. Identify the basic skills that exams seek to test. Become familiar with the general types of law school exams through examples and detailed analyses of sample answers.
Open book : succeeding on exams from the first day of law school
Call Number: KF283 F75 2011 Law Open Reserve Room
Publication Date: 2011
This is a concise and highly accessible guide to exam success. It provides an insider's view of what professors look for in exam answers, and how exam-taking connects to good lawyering.
The eight secrets of top exam performance in law school : an easy-to-use, step-by-step approach for achieving great grades
Call Number: KF283 .W48 2008 Law Open Reserve Room
This text provides the reader with keys to handling any essay exam, how to manage time, issue-spotting, how to organize answers, and the hidden traps of the 'IRAC' method. Once these skills are mastered, the reader can put the knowledge to the test with sample exam questions, and check answers against those provided. There is also a special section on how to do well on other exams, such as open book, multiple choice, or policy exams.
Writing essay exams to succeed (not just to survive)
Call Number: KF283 .D47 2007 Law Open Reserve Room
This concise guide enables law students to develop the strong essay-writing skills needed to succeed and feel confident taking essay exams. The text contains plentiful and practical examples that illustrate strong writing as well as the pitfalls of essay exams; sample exam questions in the Appendices which include several variations on the answer.
Heafey Law Library Research Team