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Did you get bad bar exam news?

Thursday May 29, 2014

The results are in, and thousands of people around the country are dealing with the realities of failing the bar exam. If you are going through this, we are so sorry! Failing the bar exam doesn't mean you won't become a great lawyer.

To help you get ready to study again, we have some tips for you on how to re-group.

And are you considering working while studying this next time around? There are major challenges involved with this. But don't worry, we also have some tips to help you out.

Good luck with your bar exam preparations!

Starting Law School This Fall?

Thursday May 15, 2014

If you have made the decision to attend law school this fall, you may be wondering what you should be doing this summer. Don't worry, we have some tips for you.

Enjoy your last few months before going back to school.



Wondering Which Law School To Attend?

Thursday May 15, 2014

It is that time of year with prospective law students are finalizing their decisions on which law schools to attend. If this is you, please check out these posts to help you through this process.

  • Where should you go to law school?Deciding where to apply or where to ultimately accept going to law school is a very important decision. I would argue that it is a decision that really should be more about the type of environment in which you want to study, the type of law you want to practice, and the practical and financial considerations of going to law school -- rather than about law school rankings.
  • The sobering realities of law school debt. It is important to consider a number of different factors when deciding where to go to law school. And law school debt needs to be a major discussion when talking about selecting a law school, getting a job after law school, and just dealing with the realities of how expensive law school is.
  • Would you be happier going to law school or doing something else? I am glad I made the decision to attend law school, will you?

Good luck selecting the best law school for you!


What to Bring to a Law School Exam

Friday April 25, 2014

BackpackMany of you are frantically preparing for final exams. If you have an open book exam, you may not be sure what to bring with you in the room. Here is an (at times entertaining) list of what you should consider taking into the exam room on exam day.

What if you are taking an open book exam? You want to make sure you are bringing in whatever materials you are allowed to bring in by your professor. But remember, it is your mastery of the material you will be graded on, not how many materials you bring into the room. So study smart for your open book exam so you are ready to set yourself apart and get an A!

What about an 8 hour in-class exam? I recently learned that some schools  have eight hour in-class exams. Yikes! If that is the case, you want to spend some time carefully planning of what you bring with you -- so you can make sure you have plenty to eat and drink and don't get hungry or thirsty (that won't help your grade at all). Having a plan will help you be prepared for exam day.

Have any questions? Leave them in the comments.

Thanks for reading,


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How Best to Study for Law School Exams

Thursday April 24, 2014

Woman with books

It is law school exam time, and around the country, law students are frantically preparing for their law school exams. To help you study effectively, today I am sharing tips on studying for different types of law school exams.

First, it is important to get an overview of the different types of exams you might encounter in law school.

If you aren't sure what your exams will look like come exam day, go talk to your professor TODAY!

Once you know the type of exam you will be studying for, check out these helpful tips:

  • Tips for a Closed-Book Exam: The closed-book law school exam is an institutional staple. When you read books on law school and talk to attorneys, almost everyone will tell you about taking closed-book exams in law school. The closed-book exam means you can't bring anything in the room but yourself and your exam tools (like a computer and a pencil or pen).
  • Tips for an Open-Book Exam: These exams typically allow you to bring in your outline, a codebook, your textbook, supplements, class notes--you get the idea. You right now might be thinking, "Yes! This exam is going to be cake!" However, I would argue that you have to study just as hard for an open-book exam as you do for a closed- book exam.
  • Tips for a Multiple-Choice Exam: Law school multiple-choice questions will be different from multiple-choice questions on exams you have taken in the past. Some students find them incredibly tricky; some find them somewhat easier to manage.
  • Tips for a Take-Home Exam: Take-home exams can differ in length from a few hours (4 to 8) to a day (24 hours) or longer (48 hours). Regardless, be sure you are fully prepared for the exam so you can make the most of the time you have to work on it.

Good luck with your upcoming law school exams. Have any questions? Leave them in the comments.

Thanks for reading,


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Need Help Outlining for Law School Exams?

Tuesday April 22, 2014

WelcomeHi Everyone. This is my first blog post as an About.com Expert. I am very happy to be here.

First, a bit about me. I am the co-founder of the Law School Toolbox, the Bar Exam Toolbox, and Trebuchet, which are resources for law students, young lawyers and those studying for the bar exam. In 2009, I founded Amicus Tutoring, which offers one-on-one test preparation to help students study for the California Bar Exam and law school exams. My professional passion is helping people find success in law school, the bar exam and then find a place in the legal profession where they can be happy and successful.

As it is law school exam time, I wanted to start off with content to help you prepare for your law school exams.

First, let's tackle the very important topic of outlines. Please check out the links below for tips on outlining for your law school exams (yes, you need to outline!).

  • What is the point of law school outlines? Many law students wonder, "What's the point of law school outlines?" Once law students understand the purpose of outlines, it is easier to allocate time to work on them as well as make useful outlines that actually help in the study process.
  • How to outline for different types of law school exams. Law students often wonder if they need different outlines for different types of law school exams (because we all already agree that outlining is important). The answer is--in true law school fashion--it depends. In this post I talk about how to outline for different types of law school exams.
  • What is an attack plan? You may have heard about "attack plans" in class, from your academic support office, or even from your study group. But many law students don't understand what an attack plan actually is or how it can help them outline and study for exams. That is a problem, because attack plans are the exam-taking "secret sauce."

Have any other questions about outlining for law school exams? Please leave them in the comments.

Thanks for reading,


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What Are the Requirements for Law School?

Tuesday August 30, 2011

As application season comes upon us, you may want to make sure you're up to speed on essentials before you begin filling out forms.

Check out Law School Requirements for a checklist of the basics you'll need to even be considered by ABA-accredited law schools across the country. Then, when you're ready to proceed, follow the step-by-step process for applying to law school.

If you're not sure where to apply, have a look at choosing a law school as that information can help you narrow down the field -- and think about visiting law schools you're considering as well.

P.S. This is my last blog post here at About.com, but I am now offering personal statement review and editing services through Personal Statement Artist. Please feel free to come by if you need help with your personal statement or anything law-school related. Best of luck!

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What's the Deal with Case Briefs?

Thursday August 25, 2011

Those of you entering 1L are hearing or about to hear much ado about case briefs. Everyone has an opinion on them, whether they're worth doing, what should be in them, etc., but the decision on case briefs will come down to you.

For me, I found doing a few for each class during the first couple weeks of law school was helpful for getting a feel for what the important parts of cases are. After that, in my humble opinion, they're a waste of time. Once you learn how to read a case to pick out facts, issue, holding, and rationale, you're good to go, but for more information on case briefs, see the following:

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Congrats to Newly ABA-Accredited Law Schools

Tuesday August 23, 2011

The ABA has announced the full accreditation of Drexel University's Earle Mack School of Law in Philadelphia and the Charleston School of Law in Charleston, South Carolina.

Congratulations to the schools and their students!

For profiles of many of the country's ABA-accredited law schools, be sure to check out the Law School Profiles section.

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October LSAT Registration Deadline Approaching

Thursday August 18, 2011

Remember if you're planning on taking the October LSAT, registration online, by mail, or by phone closes August 26 for nonpublished test centers and August 30 for published test centers.

You can register late thereafter, but there will be an extra fee.

For full LSAT registration information, visit the LSAC website.

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