The Philadelphia Diversity Law Group (PDLG) hosts an annual seminar on preparing for and taking law school exams for diverse 1L students at area law schools. Diverse students are those who have overcome significant obstacles in pursuit of a legal career, come from a disadvantaged background or from a background that is under-represented in the Philadelphia legal community. The seminar this year will be held November 2, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Center City Philadelphia.
The seminar consists of three parts. One part is discussion and analysis of a law school exam with a law school professor who has given the exam in the past. The discussion may be joined by 2L or 3L law students. Exam Prep participants will be given the exam in advance and asked to consider how to answer the questions. At no point will the participants be asked to actually take the exam.
The other two parts are panels, one of law school professors and one of law students and recent law school graduates, who will discuss their perspectives on what law students should do to succeed on their exams, right from the first exam they take. Among the things discussed will be outlining, recognizing professors’ points of view and possible exam questions from class discussions, studying alone or with others, meeting with professors, using past exams that are on file at school and attending prep sessions.
Each professor will explain what he or she looks for in an exam and how to maximize the points and credit for all the answers. They will come from different schools and teach different substantive materials so cumulatively should give a well-rounded view of what professors expect.
Each law student or recent law school graduate will explain how they studied during the semester and how they approached exams – some panelists had excellent grades from the beginning, some improved greatly by changing study methods or exam strategy. They will talk about what worked and what didn’t. Again, this should give a well-rounded view of various things that do and don’t work so those attending the seminar can choose what they think will work best for them.
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