With November here, the end of the semester rapidly approaching, and the thoughts of law students everywhere turning to outlining, now is a great time to review how Tarlton can help the end of your year proceed smoothly.
One tried and true exam prep strategy is to use old exams to practice issue spotting and essay writing, and to understand better how professors ask questions. At Tarlton, we have both an electronic database of past exams (you will need to enter your EID and password to access it) as well as bound print volumes of old exams. You can find the print collection on the fourth floor of the library shelved at call number KF 292 T45 A25.
Beyond past exams, we have numerous books that can help you improve your exam writing. Titles like Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades by Alex Schimel and Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles R. Calleros offer great tips, tricks, and techniques for writing better answers to essay questions. Even if you think you know exactly what you’re doing, books like these still provide great suggestions to improve your performance.
Perhaps, however, you’re having a hard time wrapping your head around a subject. If that’s the case, you can look at any of the numerous hornbooks, treatises, and study aids that we have available in the library. Here is a list of our study guides organized by subject.
Also, if you haven’t looked into CALI yet, now is a great time. CALI — short for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction — offers short lessons and practice questions for many of your classes. Most importantly, it offers another perspective on what you’re learning. Often if you don’t understand something, it can help to have things repackaged and presented to you in a different way. CALI is perfect for this.
Finally, you can always ask a librarian for help. We’ve taken our share of law school exams, and can offer practical advice for how to best prepare.
So check out our many study resources or stop by and ask us. Either way, Tarlton is here to help.