Law school professor Delaney places the Rosetta Stone of test-taking technique within the reach of every law student, and he does so with precise yet profuse, illustration ... But the book's primary achievement is a series of sample problems with carefully annotated answers ranging in quality from excellent to poor. This enables students to focus on what their professors are looking for and to sharpen their skills accordingly. While high school and college teachers generally expected little more than a `sophisticated regurgitation' of their lectures, law professors are harder to impress. -- The National Law Journal
Probably the most valuable contribution Professor Delaney makes ... is his courageous foray into the exam room itself.... Professor Delaney guides the reader through the exam itself, providing detailed instructions on how to outline the answer, how to spot issues, and to tell relevant facts from irrelevant ones. Probably the most valuable contribution Professor Delaney makes ... is his courageous foray into the exam room itself.... Professor Delaney guides the reader through the exam itself, providing detailed instructions on how to outline the answer, how to spot issues, and to tell relevant facts from irrelevant ones. -- Stanford Law School Journal
You can write a perfect answer to a question that wasn't asked - and fail. Or, if you prefer, you can fail by writing a poor answer to a question that was asked. Better yet, read this book and learn, step-by-step, how to write a very good answer to the question that was asked. -- Professor Robert A. Pugsley, Southwestern School of Law
From the Author
Many first-year students do not know that law schools do not give college-type exams and therefore that college exam skills and LSAT skills are definitely not the skills you need to excel on law-school exams. They are also unaware that you are not systematically taught exam-taking skills in most law schools. In addition, many beginning students do not know that law exams do not flow directly from the assigned materials and classroom discussion. They are therefore surprised and in many instances dismayed when their grades are mediocre or worse.
Look at the article in the `Amapedia' section for my essay about law school exams. The "Inside the Book" section also includes Chapter One from this Exam book as well as its "Detailed Table of Contents." In addition, I have posted my responses to nine commonly asked questions about the challenging law school classroom and sixteen questions about preparing for the different and difficult law school exams in the Amapedia section of the Learning Legal Reasoning Amazon page. This Exam book helps students to learn and practice the two key skills you need to excel on these exams: issue-spotting and then the writing of succinct legal arguments to resolve each spotted issue. All three books emerge from thirty years of law school teaching at two law schools (N.Y.U. and CUNY).