Study Tips for Final Exams - Part I

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Reposted from November 25, 2014:

It’s beginning to be that time again – finals. To assist you, the library is starting a two part series about the resources available to assist with final exams. Whether you’re a 1L, 2L, 3L or LL.M. there is always a new tip around the corner that can assist with ‘hacking’ the exam process.

Law School Links(the Nuts and Bolts):

The basic nuts and bolts information about exams is on the Law School’s exam page. It is where all schedules, details and information about Exam Software can be located.

screenshot of library archive list

Exam Study Tips

A simple Google search will provide troves of exam study tips provided by law school professors and experts. Advice runs the gamut of exam strategy, study aids, study strategies and leveraging student groups.

The library also has a number of books that can assist with exam taking and study.  A complete list is in the Library New Student Toolkit . Many of these books are quick reads and available on reserve.

A good method for preparing for law school exams is to practice answering questions from past exams. For that reason, we have an exam archive which goes all the way back into the mid-1960s. Not all professors place their exams in the Law School’s exam archive. Some will post them on their individual TWEN site.

Time Management Tips

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We can all agree that law students are busy.  Classes, reading, student organizations, job searching, jobs… it is definitely a lot to manage.  Toss in preparation for finals and a lot of people get panicked.  And panic is the worst thing when you are trying to efficiently focus and absorb large amounts of information.

The following are some tips and strategies which can help you manage your time effectively. 

Delete, delete, delete!  Drop everything non-essential.  The end of the semester is not the time to start your holiday shopping or to declutter your kitchen.  If you are involved in student organizations, defer tasks and meetings to January if feasible.  Procrastination can steal valuable time, and it often manifests itself as a bunch of unimportant tasks and projects which suddenly seem important, allowing you an “out” from your studying.  Resist the distractions.  If something comes up, just take a second to jot down the chore somewhere for later reminder, acknowledge the distraction for what it is, and move on with your plan. 

Buddhist Leaders Add Their Voice to End Climate Change

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On October 29, the Dalai Lama and 14 other Buddhist leaders representing the Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective (GBCCC) issued the “Buddhist Climate Change Statement to World Leaders”.  In doing so they have joined their voices to those of religious leaders of Islam and the head of the Roman Catholic Church (see earlier blog postings from June 19 and September 23) urging “world leaders to cooperate with compassion and wisdom and reach an ambitious and effective climate agreement” at the coming UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting

Local Law Blogs

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Whether they are used for marketing, commentary, or just an outlet for their thoughts, many attorneys are blogging.  Some of the posts give amazing snapshots into the daily life as a legal practitioner, like this one on filing an appellate brief by Attorney Josh Michtom on Ryan McKeen’s excellent Connecticut Law Blog.  Ryan writes a lot of informative posts on starting and running a solo practice.

Closer to the Law School campus, Attorney Sarah Poriss ’02 writes on her consumer law practice.

The Bluebook

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The Bluebook evokes strong feelings among its users. Some love it for its detailed rules, multiple tables of abbreviations, and obsession with punctuation, and others hate it for the exact same reasons. So every five years or so, when a new edition of the Bluebook is released, some eagerly study it, and others groan at the thought of relearning some rules and shelling out another $40.

This summer, the 20th edition of the Bluebook was released, bringing small and large changes to sure to delight or annoy, depending on your perspective.