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Best Last-Minute Study Tips for Your Law School Final Exams

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. | Last updated on

You've done your outlines. You've met with your study groups. You've reviewed past exams. But you still don't feel confident. Or, maybe you didn't do much prep and you need to cram all your studying in to exam week.

Don't worry -- there's still a chance to learn what you need in time for your law school final exams. Here are our best, last-minute cramming strategies from the FindLaw archives.

1. Top 7 Law School Study Aids

It's usually better to make your own outlines, as you can tailor the information to your class and your professor. But if you don't trust your outlines, or if you haven't made them, now isn't the time to start. Instead, go straight to the hornbooks for some last minute catch-up. Here are the ones we think are best.

2. Be a Better Lawyer by Handwriting Your Notes

If you're putting together notes or doing last-minute practice exams, consider handwriting them. Research shows that people who take notes by hand learn better and retain information longer than those who type. So put away your keyboard and start cramming the old fashioned way -- with pen and paper.

3. Squashing Stress, Preventing Panic During Bar Exam Crunch Time

We know, we know -- this advice is for J.D.s sitting for the bar exam. But believe us, if you're cramming your way through finals, you'll need to de-stress as well. Here are our best tips to help you get through terrible exams, be they bar or law school.

4. Bar Exam Prep: 5 Tips to Improve Your Memory

If you've got closed book finals, these tips can be life saving. If you've got open book exams, they'll help too. (The more you actually remember, the less time you'll waste searching through outlines.) So pull out some gum, create some mnemonics, take a sip of caffeine, and get ready to improve your memory.

5. 21 Serious, Creative, & Crazy Study Spots for Law Students

You don't have time to be distracted by all the other cramming, panicking law students. So stay away from them, Try out a few of these 21 alternative study spots instead.

6. Law Student Fakes Own Kidnapping, Just in Time for Finals

Consider this a guide in what not to do when stressed out by law school exams. Faking your own kidnapping to avoid exams didn't work for this University of Houston law student and it probably won't work for you.

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