Bad advice: You can’t do any practice questions until right before the exam because you don’t know enough. Why this advice is bad advice:
- Exams are all about applying the concepts and law that you have learned all semester to new fact scenarios or legal problems.
- You wouldn’t run a 26.2 mile marathon without lots of training and practice. Why would you go into a law school exam without having worked on several practice questions throughout the semester?
- A multitude of practice questions are available that test your knowledge on sub-topics and topics and not just entire courses.
- Do some practice questions at the end of each sub-topic to test your application skills. Can you spot the issues and sub-issues? Can you apply the concepts correctly? Can you apply the rules and exceptions to the rules?
- Practice your approach to questions: how will you analyze the question; how will you marshal the facts; how will you organize your answer; how will you write the answer in the most concise way.
- Become more adept by starting with one-issue questions, then progressing to two- or three-issue questions, then progressing to more extensive questions. Once you can organize and answer shorter questions, you can practice your organization for longer questions.
- Use multiple sources of questions: questions handed out by the professor; questions in study aids; questions you and your study partners write and swap; questions from prior exams.
- Schedule practice question time each week for each course so that you do not forget to practice or put off practice too long.
WANT THE POSSIBILITY TO COMPETE AT OXFORD?
The Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre is hosting it’s annual Trademark Law Moot Court Competition March 18 & 19, 2011.
There is no guarantee to travel to Oxford. The team will write and submit a brief to the Competition Committee, who will choose the top 20 submissions that will be invited to Oxford.
The brief will be worth 1 credit hour, if the team is chosen the authors will receive 2 credit hours (1 for the brief and 1 for the argument portion).
Patrick O'Sheas: 123 W Main St. Louisville, KY 40202
Sponsored by: Student Bar Association
Cost: $15 per person
$100 Barbri gift cards will be awarded to the winners of the various Costume Contest Categories. The contests will be judged by audience applause.
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This week’s tips focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students. Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.
Bad Advice: You don’t have to study as hard for an open-book exam because you can look up anything that you want. Why this advice is bad advice:
- You will have very little time to look up anything during the exam. Open-book exams are traps for the naïve.
- If you are only generally familiar with the material, you will not have in-depth knowledge to spot all of the issues and to support your arguments.
- “Open book” may have a limited definition (Ex. code book but no outlines or notes). "Open book" may have a limited value-added component (Ex. you may not write in your rule book that is allowed in the exam).
- Treat an open-book exam with the same reverence as a closed-book exam.
- Study the material so well that you “own it” rather than being generally familiar with it. Then, you will not need to look up much.
- If it is a code/rule course, you want to have a solid memory for at least a “condensed” version of a code section or rule because you will not have time to look up and read every code section or rule during the exam.
- If a code/rule book is allowed, make sure you have extensive practice in using that source so you are efficient in its use if you must look something up.
- Know exactly what the professor will allow you to bring to the exam and any restrictions on writing in books, etc. Then, plan how to use those resources most efficiently and effectively and only when necessary.
- Make good and creative use of tabs for code/rule books if allowed by the professor.
The pairings for the Semi-Finals are as follows:
9:00 am – Whitney True, Appellant v. Courtney Phelps, Appellee
10:30 am – Thomas Stevens, Appellant v. Marilyn Osborn, Appellee
The winners of the two Semi-Final Rounds will face each other in the Final Round of the competition at 1:00 pm in the Allen Courtroom.
The judges for the Semi-Final and Final Rounds include: Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson, KY Supreme Court; Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, United States District Court; Chief Circuit Judge Charles R. HIckman, Kentucky Circuit Court; Judges Denise Clayton and Thomas Wine, KY Court of Appeals; and Judges Ann Bailey Smith, Katie King, and Angela McCormick Bisig, Jefferson District Court.