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How to get into upper 50%...For 1Ls who are in bottom 50%

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akaaka:
Don't get discouraged, it is very unpleasant but not the end of the world. Law school exams results are part luck, part knowledge and part just skill and what you know for exams. Exams did not have much to do with the textbooks I used, and I was really pissed off about it. I used certain techniques that helped me to get into upper half of the class. I can give you info of the tutor who helped me with this.

cooleylawstudent:
such as?

akaaka:
Such as my friend, former paralegal and now a law student, whose email I don't really want to post on the web-site because, a) it will be advertising, b) it is a private email. If anyone is interested, they can contact me, I will give it to them.

chi2009:

--- Quote from: akaaka on May 29, 2010, 10:24:22 PM ---Don't get discouraged, it is very unpleasant but not the end of the world. Law school exams results are part luck, part knowledge and part just skill and what you know for exams. Exams did not have much to do with the textbooks I used, and I was really pissed off about it. I used certain techniques that helped me to get into upper half of the class. I can give you info of the tutor who helped me with this.

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I don't entirely agree.  If you only read the casebook and take class notes, then you may find things on the exam you're not prepared for.  But if you outline, do practice exams, problems, read supplementary material, etc., then you'll have the knowledge and luck won't have much to do with it.  And the purpose of practice exams is to build your testing skills.  You obviously have an uphill battle, but it's not impossible.  But reading and going to class won't be enough.  You're really going to have to do all the extra stuff to give yourself an edge over the people who are already in the upper 50%.

cvtheis:
Studying past exams is huge.  As one of my profs put it, 'there are only so many ways I can ask for certan information.'

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