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Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams

  • Author(s) : Paul Fischl
    • ISBN: 9780890897607
    • SKU: 90001
    • Condition: New
    • Format: Paperback


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Law schools are full of diligent students who learn the law but come too late to the skills needed to translate their knowledge into successful exam performance. Have you ever been perplexed why your classmate did better on exams than you did, even though you studied twice as hard and knew the material much better than they did?

The point of Getting To Maybe is to provide an answer to that question from a law professor's perspective --since it is invariably a law professor who decides whether to give you or your classmate the higher grade! 

Getting To Maybe starts by explaining how law exams demand skills different from those that entering law students expect. You may have learned to excel as an undergraduate by providing correct answers to objective questions, such as "Who won the Battle of Hastings?" But because law exams often have no single "right answer," you now need to develop skills that will help you identify and work with ambiguity. You must provide competing arguments for how doubts and uncertainties might be resolved. You must also learn to "argue both sides" without appearing wishy-washy or indecisive.

What Getting To Maybe has done is to provide concrete examples of recurring ambiguities within the law that form the core of so many exam questions. It explains what you as a student can do with a legal issue once you have identified it and why law exams require you to generate multiple arguments in support of opposing positions. It provides a series of practical tips for how to tailor your studying toward the kind of exams you will be given and how to perform better during the examination. And Getting To Maybe offers a set of sample exam questions and answers that show you how our techniques work in practice.