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Exam Guide

This is a guide to help CWRU Law students prepare for their exams. Note: The law library does not archive past exams.

Top Tips

There are a lot of resources on how to succeed in law school / on law exams. Evaluate these resources as you would any other secondary source. That is: the general advice curated here likely won't be as helpful as advice from a student who did well in the same professor's course last semester. To paraphrase the adage "a good lawyer knows the law; a great lawyer knows the judge," a good student knows the material; a great student knows the professor.


Saving Time by Strategizing

  • "Leisure" reading can help illuminate the big picture
    • Law journal articles for areas where the law is evolving
    • Popular books and other media for policy aspects
  • Studicata (videos) can help round out ideas

Asking for Help

General Advice

Articles on Study Habits & Law Exams

Elizabeth M. Bloom, Teaching Law Student to Teach Themselves: Using Lessons from Educational Psychology to Shape Self-Regulated Learners, 59 Wayne L. Rev. 311, 330-38 (2013).

Aaron H. Caplan, How to Take a Law School Essay Exam, SSRN J. (2014).

Jennifer M. Cooper & Regan A. R. Gurung, Smarter Law Study Habits: An Empirical Analysis of Law Learning Strategies and Relationship with Law GPA, 62 St. Louis U. L.J. 361, 392-394 (2018).

Jennifer M. Cooper, Smarter Law Learning: Using Cognitive Science to Maximize Law Learning, 44 Cap. U. L. Rev. 551 (2016).

Andrea A. Curcio, Gregory Todd Jones & Tanya M. Washington, Does Practice Make Perfect - An Empirical Examination of the Impact of Practice Essays on Essay Exam Performance, 35 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 271 (2008).

Karol Schmidt, Learning from the Learners: What High-Performing Law Students Teach Us About Academic Support Programming,4 Phoenix L. Rev. 287, 289-309 (2010).

Books on Law School Exams

Recommended for 1Ls

Requesting Accomodations

ADA accommodations are approved and processed by the Office of Disability Resources, then administered by Law Exam Coordinators here at the School of Law. Here is everything you need to know about Getting Started, and here is general information and procedures related to the Office of Disability Resources. Please reach out to directly to begin the process.