– Let’s talk about the most common mistake
that people make on law school final exams.
This thing actually got you A’s in undergrad,
but it will get you an F in Law School.
Coming out of undergrad, everyone has
this mindset and you’ll have to work
very hard to avoid it, so stick around.
If you came straight out of a college class on law
and went straight into a law school final exam,
you would feel like you were crushing the exam
but really you’d be getting zero points.
That’s because undergrad teaches us that the way
to get all of the points on an exam
is to regurgitate all of the information you can
to show the professor that you remembered everything
that they talked about in class.
This is the old information dump.
It works great in undergrad,
but it doesn’t work at all in law school.
Law school exams use the issue spotter
hypothetical method of final exams.
Regardless of the class that you take,
your professor most likely will give you a set of facts
whether it’s one paragraph or on several pages
where bad things happen to a group of people.
Things go wrong, people get murdered,
people try and take possession of another piece of property.
This is the hypothetical facts
that you’re going to have to deal with.
And when you get an issue spotter exam,
it’s your job to figure out who can sue whom for what.
These are the issues that you have to spot,
that’s why they call it an issue spotter.
So how are you going to do that?
Well you use the law.
But the thing is that knowing
the law is only the first step, it’s the table stakes.
If it’s a contracts class and you simply regurgitate
the entire history of contract law onto the page,
you’re gonna get zero points.
Your contracts professor is not looking for you
to tell him or her the history of contract law.
Your professor already knows that.
Your professor doesn’t care if you know the law.
Your professor wants you to use the law.
Now imagine if you took a calculus exam
and instead of answering the math question,
you just simply talked about the history
of how Newton-Leibniz invented calculus.
How many points do you think you would get?
Probably not many.
On a calculus exam, you are supposed to use the concepts
of calculus and determine the answer to the formula.
And just like in grade school, showing your work matters.
In fact, showing your work matters more
than the actual answer itself,
and it’s the same way in law school.
The information dump, the most common mistake
that people make on law school exams
worked perfectly in college
but it doesn’t work at all in law school.
Law school is all about applying the law,
applying the concept of the causes of action
and the premises to the facts themselves.
It’s all about the application.
And here’s the rub, unlike elementary school
and in most of college, where there is
an actual right answer, in law school it is all gray area.
The math example that I used isn’t 100% accurate
because in calculus there is a right answer to the question,
so showing your work is important
but getting the right answer is also important.
But in law school, there is no right answer.
You have to show that you could use the law
and the facts together, synthesize them,
and act as an advocate for one party,
and of course you also have to show
that you are smart enough to know
all the counterarguments that the other side
is going to use and go back and forth
between arguments and counterarguments.
The worst thing that you could possibly do
is to just write down all the information that you
can think of, everything that was talked about in class,
that will get you zero points on a final exam,
unlike college where it probably got you an A plus.
So don’t go into law school with the same mindset
that all of your classmates have,
that what got them to law school is the same thing
that’s going to get them A’s in law school,
it’s just simply not true.
If you try to use an information dump,
your professor will hate you
and give you a terrible grade on the exam.
You have to apply the law, show that you can
think like a lawyer, and here at Legal Eagle,
that’s our entire mission is to show you
how to actually think like a lawyer
because you certainly didn’t learn
to think like a lawyer in college
and sadly, even law professors
aren’t very good at teaching you
how to think like a lawyer.
So go in with the right mindset,
cast aside what you learned in undergrad,
and go in and crush your next law school exam.
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