Ultimate Reference Guide for Law Students

Law School Outlines, Test Preparation & Exams

  • Preparing for Exams – This informational piece was created in order to help law students prepare for outlining and exams.
  • Classification and Verification of Law School Outlines  – Classification and verification can be a very difficult process. However, Arbi Tamrazan from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University gives an in-depth look at several algorithms that allow this process to run smoother than before.
  • How to Brief a Case  – During the course of law school, students may be called upon to make a student brief of a case to be used in classroom discussion later. This publication by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice gives information on how to create both an appellate and student brief.
  • Introduction to Basic Legal Citation – Legal citation is an important part of outlines, tests and exams. Peter W. Martin of Cornell created this comprehensive guide to proper legal citation for both students and professionals to understand the basics rules used for this purpose.
  • About the LSAT – The Law School Admission Test measures skills that many schools believe are needed in order to be successful. It is administered four times a year and usually lasts around half of a day.
  • Answering Law School Exam Questions – Hamline University School of Law suggests using these approaches when answering exam questions.
  • Columbia Law School Old Exams – Columbia Law School posts copies of previous exams, including the final exam, as a resource for students. This allows students to get a feel for how exams will be worded and what responses are expected.
  • Top 10 Tips For Successfully Writing a Law School Essay – CALI produced this podcast from Professor Jennifer Martin that goes over the ten most common mistakes that law students make on their exams and how to avoid them. Run-time: 11:20 minutes
  • Taking Law School Multiple Choice Exams – The University of San Diego School of Law has provided this guide for students on how to take multiple choice exams. It includes what to do before the test, during the test, and common mistakes.

Academic Legal Journals & Reviews

The Bar Study Guides

  • State Bar Exam Questions and Sample Answers – This is a state by state guide on sample questions and answers. Many of these were used on previous bar exams, and are released by examiners in order to help students study.
  • Advice and Commentary – This article features advice for all stages of the bar exam process from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Bar Exam General Information Applicable to All Students – Even though each stage has their own bar exam, there is some general information that applies to students in any state.
  • Bar Prep Videos – SLU Law provides a video to help students prepare for taking the bar exam. The video also helps the family of the student understand how to support them during this time.
  • Study Guide – The Florida Bar Exam releases essay questions from the most recent bar exams for students to use as a study guide.
  • MPRE Information – The Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination is usually about 60 questions and takes around two hours. Most questions are multiple choice. It is administered three times each year.
  • Bar Exam Preparation Essentials – The Southwestern Law School wrote a comprehensive checklist for students preparing to take the California Bar Exam. This list is made up of basic information for before and during the exam.
  • New York State Content Outline for the Bar Examination  – This content outline can be used as a study guide for the information that will be listed on the New York State Bar. This can also be used as a study guide for information that could be found on other state bar exams.
  • Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements (PDF) – The National Conference of Bar Examiners has produced this booklet in order to help students be prepared for admission to the Bar Exam.
  • Description and Tips on the Written Test for the General Bar Exam (PDF) – This guide gives general information on how the written test is graded, administered, and prepared.
  • Juvenile Delinquency Law Examination Guide  – Juvenile Delinquency is considered a specialized area of Law. This study guide is for those who need to know information about the subject matter covered in the Juvenile Delinquency section of the Bar.

Resources For Pre-Law Students

  • Learning Strategies for Law Students (PDF) – This report by Paul T. Wangerin gives important strategies that law students can use in order to be successful in school. It touches on traditional approaches to learning, and then moves into educational psychology and learning theory.
  • Academic Preparation – Law schools look for applicants who have taken certain classes, no matter their general major. The following is a list of classes that UFL recommends to those wishing to pursue pre-law.
  • The Official LSAT PrepTest – Published by the Law School Admission Council, this is a workbook and practice test to help students do well on the LSAT.
  • How to Research Nonprofit Careers (PDF) – Many law schools look at more than just academics when deciding on admissions. This guide helps students find good nonprofit organizations that can help with legal volunteering.
  • Pre-Law – Students interested in pursuing a career in law are not necessarily required to have any certain major. Other than the LSAT, this information can help stand out amongst the other applicants.
  • What Questions Should I Ask? – Oftentimes, knowing the right questions to ask when looking for law schools is just as important as the application process. Students should know what to consider and how each law school compares.
  • Sample LSAT Questions – The For Dummies series covers a bit of what to expect when taking the LSAT. They also cover the different sections that the test is divided into.
  • Outside Scholarships  – Law school can be expensive. In order to help students pay for college, Yale has developed this list of scholarships in several different categories with various award amounts.
  • Fun Scholarships for High School Students  – High school students interested in pre-law can apply to the scholarships in this document to get a head start on funding their college degree. These are considered “fun” scholarships, so they are not standard essays.

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