« on: August 19, 2007, 03:16:29 PM »
You absolutely need to study. However, to study alone is not enough for a good grade. If your school provides old exams, look at them, study them. Figure out what kind of questions your professor typically asks. It's impossible to learn everything, so having an idea of what areas he/she typically tests is essential for a good grade. Find 2L or 3L's that have taken your professor for that class. Ask them questions about how the professor tests and grades. All professors seem to say to stay on point in your essays. Don't do a brain dump. However, some professors actually do want brain dumps. Find out if your prof is one of them. I had one that said no brain dumps but didn't mean it, as the brain dump people got the A's. I had another that really meant it and the brain dump people got bad grades for not following instructions. Find out as much about your prof and his/her testing as you possibly can.
If your school offers seminars on how to take a law school exam, go to them. Law school exams are totally different from undergrad. Knowing what to put in an essay and how to read a multiple choice question and decifer the answers is extremely important. Knowing the material is simply not enough unless you are just naturally inclined to take law school exams, which most people are not.