I. New York Law School Exam Archive on the NYLS portal
The sample and practice exam archive consists of exams released to the Library by NYLS faculty. Please note that professors are not required to release exams to the Library, and many choose not to do so. Consequently, you may not be able to find an exam for either your class or your professor.
Sample and practice exams are indexed by professor’s name and course taught.
All exams are in Adobe PDF format and are viewed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which has been installed on all PCs in the Library and the Electronic Research Classrooms.
Paper copies of sample and practice exams for the current semester only are kept at the Circulation Desk.
The exam archive is maintained by the Circulation Department. Questions regarding available exams should be directed to Elina Oyola, Circulation Librarian at 212.431.2838 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In the middle column, click on the Exam Archive link.
II. Advice from Law Profs & Other Professionals
III. Advice From Other Law Students
IV. CALI Lessons and Advice About Exam-Taking Skills
The CALI Library of Lessons is a collection of over 950 interactive, web-based lessons covering 35 legal education subject areas, which will run on both your desktop computer and mobile devices. Each lesson focuses on a specific aspect of the legal topic and contains dozens of practice questions. They can be useful for issue spotting and multiple choice questions. You can either download lessons from the CALI site or pick up a lesson CD at the Reference Desk. Please note that you must register to use or download CALI lessons on their website. Registration will allow you to create your own password to use the lessons. In order to register, you will need an authorization code, which can be obtained from the Library's CALI page.
access CALI lessons about exam-taking skills, log in to CALI, click the
Lessons icon at the top of the screen. Under "1L - First
Year Lesson Topic" select "Lessons:
Legal Concepts and Skills" and scroll down to the lesson(s) of
your choice among the following:
Preparing for Your First Semester of Law School
Tips for Multiple Choice Exams in Law School Podcast
Top 10 Tips for Successfully Writing a Law School Essay
Writing Better Law School Exams: The Importance of Structure
V. Exams from Other
Law Schools on the Internet
Writing answers to professors’ old final exams is an excellent way for students to prepare for exams. It can also be helpful to look at other law school exams that are available online. A number of law schools/law libraries maintain freely available collections of their school’s exams:
VI . Books about Exams and Law School Success
Law school success in a nutshell : a guide to studying law and
taking law school exams [KF283 .B87 2008]
St. Paul, Minn. : Thomson/West, c2008.
Mastering the law school exam : a practical blueprint for
preparing and taking law school exams
St. Paul, Minn. : Thomson/West, c2007. [KF283 .D37 2007]
Dernbach, John C.
Writing essay exams to succeed (not just to survive) [KF283 .D47 2010]
New York, N.Y. : Aspen Publishers, c2007.
Getting to maybe: how to excel on law school exams [KF283 .F57 1999]
Durham, N.C. Carolina Academic Press, c1999
Strategies & tactics for the first year law student : maximize your grades [KF283 .W352 1997 Reserve]
South Norwalk, Conn. : Law In a Flash, c1990
VII. Additional Resources
& Explanations study guides (Google Books)
Many of these study guides are available via Google Books. Often a large portion of the text will be available by using the Google Books preview feature.