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  • Maximize Your Grades on Law School Exams: Advice from a former law professor

    The key to maximizing your grades on law school exams is knowing what law professors are looking for when they grade a law school exam, and making sure your exam answer includes what law professors want.

    The best way to find out what law professors want is to schedule an appointment with them to review an actual or practice exam you have written.

    Ask your professor:

    (1) Did I miss any issues?
    (2) Was my legal analysis complete? If not, what was missing?
    (3) Was the way the exam answer was organized easy to follow?

    If your law professor says you missed issues, this probably means you do not know some of the legal rules you need to know. A good commercial outline can fix this problem.

    If your law professor says your legal analysis was incomplete, the most likely cause is that you did not fully use the facts given in the exam question. If your professor is willing to spend enough time with you and go into details, you may be able to learn how to do a complete legal analysis from your professor. If not, think about taking a law school exam prep course.

    If your law professor says it was not easy to follow your exam answer, there are two possible reasons. It's possible that you do not understand the structure of the law in this course. This can be caused by relying solely on someone else's outline rather than creating your own course outline. Or, you may not know how to write a law school exam answer that is easy for a law professor to grade. Again, either you can work with your law professor to learn how to do this, or you can take a course that will teach you how to organize and write an exam answer.

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    Re: Maximize Your Grades on Law School Exams: Advice from a former law professor

    These suggestions can surely improve grades in law school exams. Thank you!
    Seigman, Starritt-Burnett & Sinkfield, PLLC

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