7 Best Strategies for Surviving Your Law School Exams

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on March 28, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Spring break is over. The end of the academic year is just a few short weeks away. You can't avoid it any longer. Law school finals are coming.

Since law school exams tend to be all or nothing -- your entire grade for a course depending on a few hours of maddening hypotheticals -- you'll want to make sure you're well prepared. Here are some of FindLaw's best exam tips to help you survive and thrive during law school exams.

1. How Law School Exams Are Graded, Kind Of

You can't beat an enemy you don't understand. So if you're still wondering why you got that B- in Civ Pro last semester, let us help you out with this quick, humorous explanation of law school exam grading.

The key to a successful law school exam is a killer outline. Whether you make your own (you should), or buy a pre-made one (meh); whether you create a table of contents (nah), or cover your outline with tabs (do it), here are some tips to help you get the best outlines for your exams.

3. Top 7 Law School Study Aids

Thankfully, you don't have to study for law school exams alone. And we're not talking about study groups, either. Whether you're an Emmanuel fan or a Gilbert girl, there are dozens of study aids available. Here are our top recommendations.

4. 21 Serious, Creative, & Crazy Study Spots for Law Students

Need a break from the war zone that is the law school library during finals time? Here are a few alternatives.

5. Raise Your Hand If You Took Adderall to Study for Exams

You don't need to abuse prescription drugs to get ahead in law school -- in fact, it's a terrible idea -- but that won't stop plenty of your peers from popping attention deficit pills.

6. Law Student Fakes Own Kidnapping, Just in Time for Finals

Think you really don't want to sit for finals? Well, you've got nothing on this law student, who faked her own kidnapping in order escape final exams.

7. 10 Things 1Ls Can Do After Final Exams

Remember, there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Here's what to do when you finally get there.

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