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LLM Survival Guide: Classes/Exams


Find old exam questions (and some sample answers):

Note: some professors do not provide old exams. If you don't find anything in either of the above collections, you can contact the professor directly (or ask a librarian to contact your professor) to inquire about sample exams.

Course materials and preparation for class

Find out what materials have been placed "On reserve" at the library for your course (often listed in your syllabus):

Prepare for class using study aids:

  • Different types of study aids, including Restatements, the Nutshell and Understanding series, Hornbooks, Legal Treatises, and Commercial Outlines, are described in a separate guide focusing on 1L course topics
  • study aids for many other topics can be found using LawCat. For example:

    nutshell AND copyright
  • Commercial outlines - Some students use these to prepare for class or for exams. Find a list of available outlines by searching LawCat for the call number "study aids":

    study aids

Surviving Law School

CALI offers these modules on analyzing and "briefing" a court case for discussion in class or to understand its meaning:

Tips on how (and why) law students brief cases for class or exam preparation, and other tips on surviving law school, are included in many books, including -

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