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The Most Common Law School Exam Mistake | Essay Advice

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Get our Checklist for Crushing Finals (FREE) ➜ https://www.legaleagleprep.com/finals The most common mistake law students make on their final exam: - dumping as much information as possible into the essay - writing ABOUT the law instead of USING the law - law school exams are all about applying the facts to the law - unfortunately law schools don’t actually teach this skill - it’s like an engineering exam: the professor doesn’t want a history lesson - your work matters more than your conclusion =================================================== If you want to learn to THINK LIKE A LAWYER and ACE YOUR NEXT EXAM, check out our LAW SCHOOL MASTERCLASS at https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass =================================================== Get More Great Tips - Subscribe ➜ https://goo.gl/JwQUPf ★ Facebook: ➜ https://www.facebook.com/legaleagleprep ★ Ask us a Question by using hashtag on YouTube or Twitter #AskLegalEagle or @LegalEagleDJ
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LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Ask your law-school-related questions in the comments!
O Love (20 days ago)
Show your work how? By using old cases? Do we also want to use policy arguments?
1smallball (21 days ago)
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- - (2 months ago)
Is this video about the "Worst Exam Mistake" as indicated in the thumbnail? Or is it about the "Most Common Law School Exam Mistake" as the title claims?
Pavel Adamek (2 months ago)
One thing I do not get: if applying/using the law is all that matters, how can the professor actually grade the work? Based on emotions or gut, feelings etc.? Because one student's lousy answer could, in real life, mean acquittal, while an excellent answer by another student may still result in life sentence. Unless of course the student is wrong from the beginning based on the information dump...
Brooke Bentley (2 months ago)
The simple answer is that you have to make some sort of valid argument. The reason there are legal disputes that go up through the court system in the first place is because there are disagreements over what the law means and how to apply it, among other things. As an attorney, if you go before a judge to argue a case, you don't get to pick the side of the dispute that you think is "right" (that's the judge's job), but you simply have a to represent your client's side. So in law school the professors just want to see that you can recognize the issues (i.e. what you would deduct if a client came to you and told you all about the dispute, and then they ask you, "what laws can I sue them on?") and make valid arguments based on these issues using black letter law (statutes, rules, constitutions) and case law (precedent from other courts) in a manner that could persuade a judge. If you answer a law school exam question using a completely irrelevant/non-applicable statute or case, the professor is going to assume that a judge would throw out your arguments and rule for the other side, so they'll give you an F. Hope this helps (I'm in law school).
SharonPepper1 (2 months ago)
Just subscribed. This is something I should've known last year of law school haha! I am a second year law student that very much focused on the knowledge and information but not on the analysis/application. It got me sufficients for my tests but not any particularly high grades. This is the trick, thank you so much!
hjenx (2 months ago)
This is true for most grad or postgrad programs as well which make undergrad utterly pointless.
Nduduzo Kusaselihle (3 months ago)
I think that is correct, we need to learn how to write answers constructively. thank you for that Sir.
Fr Cl (3 months ago)
Very nice to hear that law school actually rewards people for thinking on their exams. Many people in med school ignored the "do not write more than can fit in the space" and continued on the back. Some (thankfully) got zero points since the professor didn't read the back, but others got away with it. I used to think "wow they must know a ton", but then I realized that they don't know it at all, and instead information shotgun the question in hope of hitting some of the right answers. Love the videos even though I have no real reason to watch them.....
ChristophProbst (4 months ago)
Is it a common fear for even 1 and 2 year students to fear failing the bar exam?
Shayla Spolidoro (4 months ago)
Absolutely. If you just started and feel out of your depth or are still struggling or listen to bar exam horror stories, you're going to be terrified that you'll put in three years and not be abled to pass the bar. It's intense because you are thinking that maybe you should quit now before you waste that time and money. Being afraid makes sense. Quitting shouldn't follow. Do the work, now, and when you prep for the exam. You'll pass (and unlike in school, no one cares what your grade is, just that you passed). You just have to put in the work. Have faith that the process of going through law school and studying will have the result it's designed to have: passing the bar.
Rage Blanket (4 months ago)
I died at "metaphor"
Alexei Lesukov Volkovich (6 months ago)
Currently studying for the lsat, love all your videos, want to thank you for kindly posting them...😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺😺
LegalEagle (6 months ago)
Thanks for watching!
Linda Grace (8 months ago)
Great advise, thanks
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Glad you liked it!
Adzierul Adenan (8 months ago)
please make more videos,my friends and I are entering law school in a few months and we need your help!
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Dude, I'm working on it! In the meantime, you can get 8+ hours of law-school-crushing advice here: https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass
ana pereira (8 months ago)
Hi? I'm from Brazil and here we go from high school straight to university. I got into law school in europe and I'm afraid that I wont be able to keep up, since everyone there goes from high school to college and after that they go to law school. Can you give make a video on exams?
Elsenoromniano (2 months ago)
In Europe, where? Because it really depends on the country, here Law was an undergraduate degree until very recently (in the UK for example still is) but in others is more similar to the US system (is a graduate degree). And that is also very true of the type of law the country you are studying has, because common law countries teach law in a different way from civil law countries. In civil law (like mine) emphasis is put more on the knowledge of the legal codes, since well, they are the law, cases are not very important, they serve as example in particular cases for which these laws are applied, (Which is what they ask you in exams, to apply the code), so the advice for law school in UK or Ireland is not really always valid for example for Germany or Spain.
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
We're working on more now!
ana pereira (8 months ago)
Hey! I was wondering of you could make a video showing an example of a test and how to write a good answer..
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
We already did! You can find it here: https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass
Ula Masirewa (8 months ago)
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
You're awesome.
G (8 months ago)
Thank you very much for this! I was accepted into law school last week. I'm excited to start in the fall. At 29 and after working as a professional in the workforce, I can't imagine going straight into law school from undergrad. But, obviously, many people go that route. It would feel a bit unnatural to me to want to regurgitate information at this age. I think grad school and working makes it a bit inconceivable. Did you go to law school right after undergrad? Everyone that I personally know in the legal profession waited until their late 20s before they started law school.
G (8 months ago)
LegalEagle Thanks!
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Congrats! I call it "regurgitating" information, but you might also call it "expository" writing. That is, the mode of testing in almost every class from K-12, to college, to grad school. If you write a research paper in grad school, it's really the same thing: expository/"regurgitory"/explanatory writing where you are mainly conveying information (sometimes with a slight advocacy angle). College tests are the same: show the professor that you understand the information they conveyed. My point is the law school exams are *completely* different. And they require a different mindset and different skills -- i.e. thinking like a lawyer. In our video on preparing for law school we recommend finding an issue spotting essay and just seeing how it's different.   If you're interested, we offer a whole system on how to think like a lawyer and write A exams: https://www.legaleagleprep.com/masterclass
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Dani Gaming (8 months ago)
Pls do more videos man you are my idol i am 13 :) P.S. What type of lawyer it's making the most money?And what type are you and why?
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
There is no one type of lawyer that makes the most money. Good lawyers can make a living in any field. And bad lawyers can be in the same field and make nothing. I'm a trial lawyer and civil litigator -- that is, I handle lawsuits between individuals and companies (as opposed to criminal law where the state prosecutes individuals for crimes).
Heraldo Jacques (8 months ago)
Great vid.
Unknown Clanz (8 months ago)
What a coincidence that I went on you tube the exact time you posted
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Ask and ye shall receive.
Unknown Clanz (8 months ago)
I’m your first viewer
Unknown Clanz (8 months ago)
Finally another video 🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤩🤗🤗
LegalEagle (8 months ago)
Feels good to be back!

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