Finals Prep without Old Tests

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Finals Prep without Old Tests

Post by CS1775 » Sun Oct 21, 2018 8:49 am

Two of my classes this semester are being taught by profs who are either new to the law school or are teaching a class for the first time. The classes are Evidence and Wills and Trusts. 1L year, I started working on old tests on 11/1 and this went very well for me.

My Evidence casebook does not have an online interactive component, whereas my W+T textbook does.

Both exams will be a combo of multiple choice, short answer/fill in the blank, and essay. Both of these classes are rule heavy and I think the best way to deal with these finals is to work with the material.

Any ideas and suggestions will be appreciated. I would prefer to not spend any money. The law school's library offers some supplements online for free.

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Re: Finals Prep without Old Tests

Post by HelloYesThisIsDog » Sat Nov 03, 2018 12:36 pm

Hard to answer this unless you specified the profs and were looking for outlines or other materials from their prior law school.

The answer to finals prep is almost always to be engaging with the material and finding practice problems anywhere to apply it.

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Re: Finals Prep without Old Tests

Post by waldorf » Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:18 pm

can you borrow an E&E from the law library? I've been doing E&E hypos for tax and they're pretty helpful [my prof doesn't have any old exams available].

i'm not sure if i'm allowed to suggest another site here [so mods feel free to delete], but i asked on reddit's law school page if anyone had an outline and exams for a visiting prof from his usual school, and i got a response within a couple hours.

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Re: Finals Prep without Old Tests

Post by HelloYesThisIsDog » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:40 pm

waldorf wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 2:18 pm
can you borrow an E&E from the law library? I've been doing E&E hypos for tax and they're pretty helpful [my prof doesn't have any old exams available].

i'm not sure if i'm allowed to suggest another site here [so mods feel free to delete], but i asked on reddit's law school page if anyone had an outline and exams for a visiting prof from his usual school, and i got a response within a couple hours.
I can't speak for the mods, but the point of this site is to not be like what happened to TLS, so recommend any resource you want!

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Re: Finals Prep without Old Tests

Post by heythatslife » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:29 pm

Agree with waldorf - with respect to the prof from another school, best thing to do is try to reach out to people who are at that school to see if anyone would be willing to help you access the outline bank/old exams.

With a professors who's teaching for the first time, it tends to be a crap shoot... I will say it has been my experience that new profs tend to borrow heavily from either the profs that they themselves learned under or other established professors within the school, but obviously your mileage may vary.

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Re: Finals Prep without Old Tests

Post by CS1775 » Fri Nov 09, 2018 5:08 am

Thanks for the suggestions!

Evidence prof is not new to the law school but this is his first time teaching Evidence because the prior main Evidence prof retired after Fall 2017. He released a "sample exam" yesterday which I will complete probably tomorrow or Monday. He's going to go over the answer on our next class and I plan with either meeting with him to discuss my answers or to take what I have to the law school's writing specialist (we have an "academic success" staff member and a writing specialist, I prefer to talk to the writing specialist as a law school test is basically a three hour essay - this worked great for me with Property and CrimLaw, especially). I found that the law library has an "Acing" series supplement for Evidence, which I like.

Wills and Trusts prof is new to the law school. Checking his CV, he appears to be a rookie prof, so I don't think dropping his name would be helpful. I'm going to make a chart of the UPC/UTC material we covered and check for other supplements, as the "Acing" series doesn't cover W+T. I could go with the E&E for W+T because we use Wolters Kluwer for our textbook.

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