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 212.431.2148, or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To access the exam archive on the NYLS Portal:
- Login to the NYLS portal
- On the portal home page, locate the Student Resources drop down menu
- Click on the Exam Archive link
II. Advice from Law Professors & Other Professionals
III. CALI Lessons and Advice About Exam-Taking Skills
The CALI Library of Lessons is a collection of over 950 interactive, web-based tutorials covering 35 legal education subject areas, which will run on both your desktop computer and mobile device. Each lesson focuses on a specific aspect of a legal topic, asks questions in a variety of formats and then provides immediate feedback.
Lessons may be downloaded from the CALI site. Please note that you must register to use CALI lessons. 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.
To access CALI lessons about exam-taking skills, first log in to CALI. Then, click the Lessons link on the upper left side of the screen. Select By Topic and, under 1L - First Year Lesson Topic, select Legal Concepts and Skills.
Scroll down to the lesson(s) of your choice among the following:
Exam Taking Skills, Outlines, and Advice for Law Students: Panel 1 PodCast
Ron Eades, John Farago, Patrick Wiseman
Exam Taking Skills, Outlines, and Advice for Law Students: Panel 2 PodCast
Ron Brown and Joe Grohman
Preparing for Your First Semester of Law School
Joseph Grohman and Ronald Brown
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
CALI also offers an index of lessons by casebook. See if your casebook is available. Then click your casebook to see which lessons correspond with specific pages in the book.
IV. Advice From Other Law Students
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 few law schools/law libraries maintain freely available collections of their school’s exams:
- Creighton University
- Golden Gate University
- Harvard Law School (Annual Examinations, 1871-1995)
- Pepperdine University
- University of Arkansas
- University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
- University of Dayton School of Law
- University of Kentucky
- University of Missouri at Columbia
- University of New Hampshire
- Widener Law
VII. Additional Resources
Examples & Explanations study guides. Many of these study guides are available via Google Books. Often, a large portion of the text will be available via preview.
Law School Toolbox, Surviving Law School Exams. A series of blog posts about preparing for, and taking law school exams.
New York State Bar Exam: Past Exam Essay Questions with Sample Candidate Answers (2005-2013).