Without you even noticing, the day has already come; the ever-dreaded law school finals. And, how well you will fare on this significant exam will determine your fate as a soon-to-be law practitioner. Will you get that top job at the district attorney’s office or will you get that covetable position at that preeminent law firm? – It all depends on whether you pass your law school final exams with flying colors or not. Nobody even said that degrees in criminal justice were easy to acquire. When it comes down to it, though, there are number of way to get prepared for your law school finals so that you don’t have to stress out and you can increase your chances of passing. Here is how to study and prep for law school finals.
First, always study in advance. Procrastination will only lead you to unhealthy all-nighters – trying to cram everything in a few days before the final, or the night before. However, you should actually start studying the first night of the semester. Studying for at least a half hour every week night – memorizing all the terms and learning about all the legal precedents and famous trials – will give you a significant advantage when it comes time to really start studying.
Next, take notes – the more notes you can take the more material you have to study – and the higher your chances of doing better on your final exams. Chances are that in law school – specifically criminal law – you will be learning about a plethora of cases, precedents and you will have to learn a lot of legal jargon – no to mention all the courtroom procedurals. Everything you learn in the classroom will be on your final exams, so the more you pay attention the better you will do on your finals. It is recommended to take not only written notes, but also audio notes as well.
It might also be important to start a study group. Typically you want to get two to three other people together – that you get along with – to study with at least 3 nights out of the week. This way you can go over concepts that might have been difficult to grasp and you can back up each other’s notes. When it comes time to studying for the final you can all work together to create memory games and pneumonic devices to memorize material and information you have learned over the past semester. Sometimes it is more motivating to study with peers than to do it alone.
Lastly, it might also be wise to practice using older exams. This can be a great way to not only gauge how well you know the material, but it can also give you an idea of how fast you can complete the exam. Most final law school exams are timed. By spending a few weeks timing yourself on older exams you will effectively by building up your stamina. If you do have a study group you might all want to do this timing exercise together and share the outcomes. By doing this a few times you will surely be more than prepared for your final exams.