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The Law School Toolbox Podcast: Tools for Law Students from 1L to the Bar Exam, and Beyond

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The Law School Toolbox podcast is an engaging show for law students about law school, the bar exam, legal careers, and life. Each week, we offer practical tips and advice on academic matters, careers, and more. The Law School Toolbox podcast is hosted by opinionated law school and bar exam experts A… read more


021: What Are Professors Looking For On a Law School Exam?

In law school, you spend a lot of time preparing for exams. What most students don't spend time much on is putting yourself in your professor's shoes and focusing on what he or she is looking for in an exam answer. That's what this episode is about! Your goal should be to write a clean, well-organized, and thoughtful exam to give yourself an edge over your frazzled, disorganized classmates. We'll show you how.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What grading exams is really like for your professor
  • What your professor is looking for in an exam answer and how you use this information to present them with the best possible answer
  • The importance of mastering not only the law but being also able to apply it
  • What your professor is NOT looking for 
  • Ways to frustrate and annoy your professor

Remember, when you're writing your exam answers, don't forget to put yourself in the professor's shoes. After all, that's who's giving you a grade.

Best of luck on your exams! 


If you enjoyed this episode, please let us know!

We'd love a nice review and/or rating on iTunes. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Law School Toolbox website ( 

Thanks for listening! 

Alison & Lee

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