My take on 1L December exams

December exams are looming and, unlike the feeling of elation in the air that comes with end of classes (circa undergrad), I can definitely sense a general feeling of panic.

Many of us are madly crafting, condensing, and codifying our CANs. Many more are revisiting past exams, hoping for some sort of indicator as to what the professor wants. Others, including myself, are de-stressing by visiting therapy dogs, eating cookies, and getting massages (thank you, We Love Law Students Week!).

Meet Bailey, who was sweet enough to volunteer to help stressed-out law students unwind during We Love Law Students Week.

Of course, 1L December exams are fail-safe. I’m thinking that this like an exam dress rehearsal. The techniques used to prep for these exams will hopefully come in handy for the rest of law school, and I will get a sense of study techniques that do/do not work. I will get an indicator of my understanding course material at a point-in-time. Come April, I might even feel just a little more confident when it really counts.

I still remember how nervous I was for my very first university exam: a midterm for Economics 101. I triple-checked my calculator was in working order, I armed myself with spare pens, and I was flipping through cue cards even as I was walking into the exam room (yes, I’m one of those).

Now, I am under no illusion that law school exams will be like undergrad midterms, but my point is that, as a law student, you likely did [very] well on your undergraduate/graduate exams (and who can forget the LSAT?) to get here. Try not to be too nervous. I daresay, hakuna matata.

Good luck everyone!


2 thoughts on “My take on 1L December exams

  1. tv

    “Now, I am under no illusion that law school exams will be like undergrad midterms”

    and why is that? are law professors better test designers that other professors?

  2. beverlyma Post author


    I wouldn’t say law professors are better test designers than other professors per se, but rather they test for different skills than what I am accustomed to. In addition to knowing the law, one also has to correctly apply the law to the facts while spotting issues and raising relevant public policy considerations, under a time constraint. In my experience, this is different from undergrad where I felt knowing the material well was sufficient. Of course, this is only my opinion and you may find other law students who disagree!



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