Old Skool

I have spent the last few weeks preoccupied with making sure E exams here at Schulich Law proceed in an orderly fashion, and being grateful that I was spending my time on this side of the classroom, so to speak, as in not writing 100% finals. Law School pedagogy has been point of some conjecture here at Slaw in the past, but what I thought I would do this time is go old skool on this post and provide a bibliography of some of the literature that has been produced on the gauntlet that is the law school exam….what can I say? The atmosphere at exam time around a law school does strange things to one’s mind. Interestingly, but perhaps not surprisingly, the law school exam has not been a frequent topic in law journals; perhaps once they have been written most want to forget the experience?

  • Bell, Derrick A. “Law school exams and minority-group students.” (1981) 7 Black Law Journal 304.
  • Crane, Linda. “Grading law school examinations: making a case for objective exams to cure what ails ‘objectified’ exams.” (2000) 34 New England Law Review 785.
  • Filisko, G.M. “How best to build a lawyer? Ideas float about changing law school and bar exams, but few show that they have sticking power.” (2006) 92 ABA Journal 38.
  • Gomberg, Linda. “How to Do Your Best on Law School Exams.” (1988) 15 Western State University Law Review 875.
  • Henderson, William D. “The LSAT, law school exams, and meritocracy: the surprising and undertheorized role of test-taking speed.” (2004) 82 Texas Law Review 975.
  • Hunt, James L. “Thinking like a lawyer? Two Southern law school exams from the 1870s.” (2003) 11 The Journal of Southern Legal History 107.
  • “Learning and licensing: law school and bar exams.” (1982) 68 ABA Journal 544.
  • Motley, Janet. “A foolish consistency: the law school exam” (1986) 10 Nova Law Journal 723.
  • Phillips, Jerry J. “Thirteen rules for taking law exams.” (2005) 72 Tennessee Law Review 797.
  • Shekerjian, Denise G. “How to do your best on law school exams.” (1983) 2 Adelphia Law Journal 121.
  • Sheppard, Steve. “An informal history of how law schools evaluate students, with a predictable emphasis on law school final exams.” (1997) 65 UMKC Law Review 657.
  • “When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It, and Other Sage Advice for First-time Law School Exam Takers” (2006) 22 Georgia State University Law Review 653.

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