« on: August 16, 2008, 09:27:59 AM »
bump for trying to figure out how to study for exams.
Plenty of practice tests on lexcalibur for both Clark and White. Seems like the right place to start.
definitely the idea I had. It's strange because LS so far has been mostly stress-free and that makes me feel like I must be doing it wrong. It seems too easy.
nah you're in good shape
I took practice exams, when available, but I didn't go overboard. My focus was never on memorization (obviously, for open book tests), but instead, for grasping the issues and their interrelationships, and for practicing finding the information I might need during the test.
Is it relatively typical of most 1L exams to be open book, or is this entirely dependent upon the prof? (which to some degree i suppose it is, just wondering if there is any "norm" worth taking note of)
It's entirely dependent on the prof, but the majority of mine were open book. I only had one was closed book, and even that allowed us to use the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for part of the exam. However, the prof's definition of open book may vary greatly. At my school exams can be unblocked, which means that you can access your computer, and blocked, which means that you can't. Some will allow you to bring in anything you want and access anything on your computer, including internet access. Some won't allow internet access, but will allow anything else (computer and books/supplements). Some will be blocked, but will allow you to bring in a hard copy of anything. Some will just allow an outline and textbook.
Make sure that you clarify with your teacher what their definition of open is, as this will affect your preparation. For exams that were unblocked, I never printed my outline because I found it way easier to just ctrl-F. For blocked exams I had to make sure that my outline or anything that I was bringing in was organized and tabbed in a useful way.