Some of my classes had midterms, some had papers, and some have multi-part exams, so it's not like your grade always rides on one question. One of my finals this semester will have a T/F section and multiple-choice section in addition to the issue spotter.
That's good news. I don't like my chances in the courses that are all long answer
essays. I'll have to pile up on courses like Accounting For Lawyers, Wills and Trusts,
Taxation of Business Entities, etc. By the way, do you know if I'll have a tough time
passing the bar if I specialize like crazy in Finance and Tax type courses? I'm guessing
that they'd make anything that's super critical a mandatory class.
You might want to take a look at some exams for first year courses as well.
Good idea. I'm going to do that. Those sound like the toughest ones. I'm almost afraid
to look, because those are the ones I see everyone discussing, that have been freaking me out,
and that's where I think I'll really get buried - 1L, where the grades are most important.
Thanks for all the info guys.
I think you should try to change your perspective on the one exam, long essay format. In many ways, you can make these tests simpler for yourself by adjusting the way you think about the course. I think the biggest difficulty people have on the long, fact-pattern type questions is that you're no longer given the "questions."
Whereas when we were younger all the way through college, our teachers would ask the questions, on law school exams, you only get a simple question (which requires you to come up with all the important questions and possible answers that are needed to answer that one question -- kind of confusing).
But once you start to think like this, these fact patterns became MUCH easier, your thinking becomes more focused and you are able to write a coherent reply to the exam.
My point: don't worry about the one exam, long answer format. Focus on things you can do to make that type of test easy for you.