A single law school exams at the end of each semester is the ultimate high-stakes exam. The best final exam tip is to Follow Instructions.
Final exam questions range from apparently straightforward to flagrantly distracting with with roadblocks, potholes, and detours deliberately designed to create life-long-test-trauma memories. Exam questions can be multiple choice, short essay, long essay, extra-long (8-hour take home) essays, letters to clients, briefs, legal memos, and endless permutations of chores and tasks that can be shoe-horned into an exam period.
What’s a student to do?
The best way to get the most points is to follow instructions. Focus on the question and answer it in the format requested. You may get lucky with a generous professor who values a data-dump, but don’t expect points for answering questions that a professor did not ask.
Read the instructions.
Read the instructions carefully.
Read the instructions three times.
Answer the questions that are on the exam.
Follow instructions to the letter.