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Law Library News for November 19, 2001

Ann Hemmens, editor

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Preparing for Law School Exams

The exam period (December 17-21) is rapidly approaching. As you prepare outlines and other study materials you may want to review resources providing advice on how to prepare for and write law school exams. A selection of print and online resources is listed below.

  • Answering Law Exams--Power Think, by David H. Barber (Spectra Pub. Co., 1986). KF287.B36 1986 at Reserve
  • Aronson Lecture on Exam Preparation [sound recording], by Professor Robert Aronson (Seattle, 1980). KF283.A7 1980 at Classified Stacks
  • Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams, by Richard Michael Fischl & Jeremy Paul (Carolina Academic Press, 1999). KF283.F57 1999 at Reserve
  • How to Do Your Best on Law School Exams, by John Delaney (J. Delaney, 1982). KF283.D44 1982 at Classified Stacks
  • How to Study Law and Take Law Exams in a Nutshell, by Ann M. Burkhart & Robert A. Stein (West Pub. Co., 1996). KF283.B87 1996 at Reserve
  • How to Take and Pass a Law School Examination [sound recording], by Irving Younger (National Practice Institute, 1980). KF283.Y68 1980 at Classified Stacks
  • The Legal Essay Exam Writing Primer, 4th ed., by Wentworth Miller (LEEWS, 1993). KF277.L44M5 1993 at Folio on 5th floor
  • Strategies & Tactics for First Year Law: Maximize Your Grades, by Kimm Alayne Walton (Emanuel, 1995). KF283.W35 1995 at Reserve
  • Questions from Actual Law School Examinations: With Illustrative Good and Bad Answers, by Judith T. Younger & Irving Younger (National Practice Institute, 1981). KF283.Y67 1981 at Reserve

Curious about how law students in the early part of the 20th century studied for law school exams and bar exams? In 1927 West Publishing Company (the same company that produces Westlaw and the National Reporter System) published Problems in Law for Law School and Bar Examination Review: A Collection of Concrete Problems with Solutions (Henry Winthrop Ballantine, editor). KF388.B3 1927 at Classified Stacks. It includes key-number annotations.

A good way to prepare for finals is to take old law school exams. The Law Library has an online collection of exams submitted by UW Law professors. The exams are organized by faculty name then course title. Some exams include answers.

UW Law Professor William Andersen created an interactive online exercise, Writing Better Law School Exams: The Importance of Structure, http://lessons.cali.org/cat-exam.html, available through CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction). To obtain a password for downloading exercises from the website, contact lawhelp@u.washington.edu, a computer lab attendant, or the Reference Office, 543-6794.

For more websites containing old law school exams (from schools other than UW), test-taking strategies, and outlines of legal subjects, see the April 16, 2001, edition of the Law Library News column, http://lib.law.washington.edu/news/2001/April162001.html.

Seattle's Sesquicentennial Celebration

Last Tuesday, November 13, 2001, marked the 150th anniversary (or sesquicentennial) of the Denny party landing at Alki beach (in what we call West Seattle) and the founding of Seattle and the surrounding King County. The website, Seattle150.org, http://www.seattle150.org, is dedicated to the Seattle sesquicentennial celebration. It provides information on celebratory events and exhibits (many of which occurred last week, but not all). It also provides links to a wealth of articles on the History Link website, http://www.historylink.org/milestones/, about important events in the history of Seattle, King County, Washington Territory, and Washington State (e.g., the establishment of the University of Washington campus in 1895, the arrival of Seattle�s first automobile in 1900, women�s suffrage in 1910).

Who are the most influential people in the history of Seattle? Local historians, journalists, and the general public voted on a list of nominees, see �MetropoLIST 150: A List of the 150 Most Influential Men and Women in Seattle/King County History� (The Seattle Times), http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/news/local/seattle_history/nominees/. In the list you will find: Takuji Yamashita, a Japanese-American graduate of the University of Washington Law School (1902) who was denied the right to practice law earlier this century but was honored posthumously this year; Lady Willie Forbus who is thought to be the first woman lawyer in Seattle; and Gary Larson, creator of "The Far Side" cartoon.

What did Seattle look like in 1851? �Metropolis 150: From Wilderness to World City� is a new exhibit at The Museum of History & Industry celebrating Seattle�s 150th anniversary, http://www.seattlehistory.org/Exhibits.html. The exhibit features interactive displays, artifacts, and photographs from the 1850s to the present. The Museum is located south of Husky Stadium, just off State Route 520 and south of the Montlake Bridge.