Read the instructions! This is the most obvious advice imaginable, but every exam period several students will, for example, answer 3 short exam questions, only to discover that the instructions said “provide an answer to 1 of the following 3 hypotheticals.” Most students get flustered at the start of an exam, so this type of mistake is more common than you might imagine. When the exam starts, take a deep breath, slow yourself down, and read the instructions. Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.
Decide how you need to balance your play and study time over the holiday. What family commitments do you have? Are your outlines complete? Where are you in your review for exams? Here are some tips to consider:
- Be realistic about your ability to study over the holiday. Do not expect to accomplish six weeks of work in 5 days. Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family or friends. Block out times when you can realistically study during the remainder of the vacation.
- Make a priority list of tasks. Work on tasks in the order of priority.
- Break tasks into smaller steps. It is easier to motivate yourself to outline one topic or read two cases or rewrite one section of a paper. You will not be motivated by too large of a task.
- Consider productive ways that you can use travel time: listen to Sum and Substance CDs or a homemade tape of your outline while driving back and forth; review an outline sitting in the airport; quiz yourself with flashcards instead of watching an in-flight movie; if traveling with a classmate, consider answering practice questions together during the trip.
- Consider whether you can include your family or friends in helping you study: quizzing you from flashcards or quizzing you on your outlines, for example. You get to study, and they get to participate.
- And, most importantly, have safe and healthy traveling and holiday celebrations.
The law library will open from 8AM-11PM Monday, 11/23 and Tuesday, 11/24. It will be closed on Wednesday, 11/25 and Thursday, 11/26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be open 9AM-5PM on Friday, 11/27, 9AM-6PM Saturday, 11/28 and 1PM-11PM Sunday, 11/29.
Samantha and Brandon competed twice against Chapman. Chapman is known nationally for the competitiveness of its arbitration teams, and one of its teams won the nationals in the arbitration competition last year. True to their reputation, these teams ranked first and second after the first two rounds, and Samantha and Brandon held their own against them. Here are some of the comments Samantha and Brandon received. Brandon did a “good job arguing [his] position” at the outset of the opening and “bringing out the facts of” his witness’s position with a “good organized direct.” Samantha did a good job in her closing “arguing [her] perspective” and using a “good theme.” She also “asked good questions” and “addressed some problems with the case head-on” and made her witness “real and sensitive” on direct examination.
Lily and Jamie competed in the second round. They performed very well, and one of the three arbitrators voted for them. Jamie was praised for her good delivery, for knowing the record well, for organizing her opening and direct well, and for her leading technique on cross. Lily was praised by one arbitrator for “a very good summation,” “very good direct questions,” and a “good job” on cross examination. One arbitrator provided each of them with a score of “superior” for the category of professional and ethical presentations.
If you submitted an Exam4 practice test under one of these names (below), you must submit a NEW ONE using your UofL user name (e.g. ldbran01), if you have not already done so, by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20th. The user name allows us to send a confirmation e-mail. Anything else makes doing so somewhat impossible.