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Law School Exam Taking Tips | Abraham Lincoln University

Law School Exam Taking Tips | Abraham Lincoln University

Many students are nervous about their first law school exams. They’ve likely heard that law school tests are unlike any tests they’ve taken before, and the prospect of anything new, especially when in the beginning stages of law school, can be intimidating. There are helpful resources out there, though, to help you prepare, like this exam writing formula from, which should help law students through the essay questions that make up most law school exams:

  1. State the issue: Finding the issue (or issues) mentioned in the question is essential to both properly answering the question and displaying the knowledge of the law that is being tested.
  2. Identify the rule of law covered by the issue in the question.
  3. Summarize the rule and how it relates to the facts presented in the question.
  4. Find the ambiguity in the facts that makes the question difficult.
  5. Analyze the problem.
  6. Find the conflicts; often, questions on a law school exam will examine issues in which legal minds have been in conflict. These conflicts will likely form the majority of your essay.
  7. Find the defenses for the decision.
  8. Develop a conclusion based on the issues, rules and analyses.
  9. Move on to the next question.

Repeat this process for all of the essay questions and you should be able to move quickly but thoroughly through your test and finish in time. Maintaining the proper pace—not so quickly that you miss an important issue or fact, not so slowly that you do not manage to finish the exam—is one of the real keys to law school test success.

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