Steps to Take After a Law School Final Exam: Part 1

Professor at desk with a book

Have you met with your professor to discuss your law school final exam?  Part of being a successful person is to learn from your mistakes and to take steps on improving. Unless you got the highest grade on an exam, you should find out how you could have done better. This means going to your professor. Ask for advice on how you could have done better on your law school essay exam.Professor meeting with students to discuss law school final exam

Professor Mistakes

Another reason to ask to see your exam and meet with your professor is because professors make mistakes. At almost every law school professors cannot change grades for errors in  judgment. For example, the professor may tell you that she should have awarded you 10 points instead of 8 points. But there are times when the professor made a simple math mistake or just wrote down the wrong number in the computer. This is more common than you might think.

Many students fail to seek meetings with their professors because they erroneously believe that they just did not “get” the material. That may be true occasionally, but in most cases law students have not mastered the art of writing a law school exam. So go and talk to your professor and find out what you did wrong. That is the most powerful way to learn and improve.

Think IRAC

When you meet with your professor, think in terms of IRAC. Try to determine if you have a problem with issue spotting, rule articulation,  or analysis. Once you know the problem, then you can focus your time and attention on developing the skills you need to improve.

Without feedback from the person that graded your law school final exam, you won’t really know what you did wrong. Keep in mind that a few professors may refuse to meet with you, believing it is a waste of their time. You never want to come across as belligerent. Assure the professor that your sole motivation for a meeting is to discuss strategies for improving, either in one of their other classes or in essay writing in general. With or without that feedback, you may get to the point that you need help from professionals on how to take law school exams.

For more information on how to get feedback from your professors, watch all four parts of this series:

Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV

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Steps After Final Exam Part 1