Academic Success Resources for Students: Exam Success

Resources to assist students in preparing for exams

Hastings Exams from Past Years

The best way to succeed on law school exams is to practice taking them.

UC Hastings professors provide their past exams (often with model answers) to the library, and the library maintains a searchable database of these exams. Most students use previous exams given by their professors to help them figure out how to prepare for exams. See how your professor writes questions, improve your ability to spot the issues, and target your preparation to your professor's style.

Go to the UC Hastings Exams Database to find exams that your professor has given in the past. You may need to enter your UC Hastings login ID and password.

Online Resources for Test-taking Strategy

Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles R. Calleros

Master basic techniques and strategies for efficiently handling essay and multiple-choice questions. Sample questions and answers are provided throughout the text.

Eight Secrets of Top Exam Performance in Law School by Charles H. Whitebread

Turn time constraints into an advantage, learn strategies for issue spotting and essay organization, gain awareness of the possible pitfalls of the IRAC method, and try out these new skills with sample essay questions.

Mastering the Law School Exam by Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus

This e-book takes a practical and concrete approach to thinking like a lawyer and writing essay responses that reflect your ability to analyze legal problems.

Top 10 Tips for Successfully Writing a Law School Essay, a CALI lesson

In this eleven-minute online lesson, students learn to avoid the post common mistakes in law school essay exams.

Tips for Multiple Choice Exam Questions, a CALI podcast

in this eleven-minute discussion, a law professor breaks down the components of a multiple-choice question and teaches students how to analyze and answer them correctly.