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“Closed Book”

By Professor Matthew Festa What should you do if your exam is not going to be, well, “open book”? My 1L exams are often “closed book”: students may not be allowed to bring their outlines, books, or anything else into … Continue reading

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“Easy” Exams v. “Hard” Exams

By Professor Matthew Festa I hear a lot of law students talk about the relative degree of difficulty of a given professor’s exam. “You’re lucky that you have Professor X; her exam is much easier than the prof in the … Continue reading

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Your Upcoming Property Exam

By Professor Matthew Festa While I have the chance to talk with you on the Open Book blog, I figure that I should take the chance to discuss the subject matter that I teach (and test) in: Property. Open Book … Continue reading

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Focus on “Active Learning,” Especially as Exams Approach

By Professor Matthew Festa Even if you know everything about the subject, and have the fanciest outline in town, that alone won’t get you prepared for a law school exam. I think that some of the most important pragmatic advice … Continue reading

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Master Exam Basics Before You Try to Go Above & Beyond

By Professor Matthew Festa Learning the substantive law that is assigned on your syllabus and discussed in class is hard enough. If you’re really motivated to do well in law school, you might be tempted to think that if you … Continue reading

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A Law School Exam is a Legal Writing Event

Now that it’s getting to crunch time, we’re delighted to have Open Book Team Member Professor Matthew Festa guest-blogging all week with practical and timely advice. Hello, my name is Matt Festa, and I’m really glad to have the chance … Continue reading

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How to Use the “Real Time” Law School Practice Exams

We recently got asked a question about how best to use the on-line “Real Time” practice exams that we now have available. This is a good question for which we have a pretty definitive answer. First we’ll explain what these … Continue reading

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