Diary of a 2L

by Sarah Ricciardi

10 Exam Tips that I wish I knew as a 1L

  1. First of all, take some of the pressure off yourself. There are about four students in every class that are law school rock stars. If you’re not one of the four, you’re going to get at least one B during your time at UConn Law. Don’t fight the inevitable.
  2. Take practice exams under test conditions. Three hours seems like a long time, but, let’s be honest, it’s only a little over three episodes of “The Good Wife” – not long at all!
  3. Do not rely on other students’ outlines. Outlines from previous years definitely have value, but taking the time to organize and distill your own notes is what separates the B+’s from the A-‘s.
  4. Room 524 in the library is magical. If you study there, you will get an A. Trust me.
  5. Do not leave your “take home” exam for last. There is no worse feeling in the world than the realization that everyone else is starting their winter break and you still have to spend 8 hours with Professor Pandya’s Torts exam. (By the way, it takes the entire 8 hours. Plan your meals accordingly.)
  6. Don’t underestimate the importance of sleep. Just because the library is open until midnight every night does not mean that you have to take advantage of UConn Law’s gracious hospitality. You learn nothing after 10pm.
  7. Check out the CALI questions on TWEN. Instead of playing Candy Crush, practice Civ Pro questions. Just do it.
  8. A steady exam diet of Dr. Pepper and Red Vines will guarantee success . . . and diabetes.
  9. Exam4 software is terrifying for everyone. Your computer is not going to suddenly combust during your Crim final . . . probably.
  10. Save the binders that you use doing your exams. If you get an A in any class, use the corresponding binder for all of your future law school exams. The power of good luck charms cannot be ignored.