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Law School Exams

Updated June 2, 2015.
Originally prepared by Jean Dart, Reference Intern; updated by Cheryl Nyberg, Mary Whisner, Sherry Leysen, and Alena Wolotira.

University of Washington School of Law Exams

UW Law Exams Archive (UW law students only)

By agreement with the faculty, access to these exams is restricted to UW students. You must logon with your UW NetID and password.

Not finding your professor or course? The Law Library relies on professors to submit electronic copies of their exams for this collection. Please contact your professor to inquire about the availability of previous exams that are not posted in the archive.

Exams from Other Law Schools

Some law schools and libraries maintain freely available collections of their school's exams:


Secondary Sources

In addition to looking at old exams, a review of test-taking strategies can be helpful. Consult any of the following sources.


Patrick Wiseman, "When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It," and Other Sage Advice for First-Time Law School Exam Takers, 22 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 653 (2006). Available at HeinOnline [UW Restricted]

Jerry J. Phillips, Thirteen Rules for Taking Law Exams, 72 Tenn. L. Rev. 797 (2005). Available at HeinOnline [UW Restricted]

John H. Langbien, Writing Law Examinations

Carol Nygren, Using Professors' Old Exams To Prepare

Carol Nygren, Confronting Your Final Exam - Torts

Another good review strategy is to look at a capsule summary or an outline of the legal subject before taking the final exam. Capsule summaries and outlines are linked from Findlaw Outlines & Exams.


The Law Library has several books on taking law school exams. The titles listed below are located in the Reference Area unless noted otherwise. For additional titles, search the Law Library catalog by keywords: law examinations.

Paul Bergman, Cracking the Case Method: Legal Analysis for Law School Success (2012).
KF283.B37 2012

Ira L. Shafiroff, First Year Law School Success: Law School Thinking, Essay Exam Writing, and Analysis (3d ed. 2012).
KF283.S53 2012

Richard Michael Fischl & Jeremy Paul, Getting to Maybe: How to Excel on Law School Exams (1999).
KF283.F57 1999

Charles R. Calleros, Law School Exams: Preparing and Writing to Win (2007).
KF283.C35 2007

Ann M. Burkhart & Robert A. Stein, Law School Success in a Nutshell: A Guide to Studying Law and Taking Law School Exams (2008).
KF283.B87 2008

Helene Shapo & Marshall Shapo, Law School Without Fear: Strategies for Success (3d ed. 2009).
KF287.S53 2009

Suzanne Darrow-Kleinhaus, Mastering the Law School Exam: A Practical Blueprint for Preparing and Taking Law School Exams (2007).
KF283.D37 2007

Barry Friedman & John C.P. Goldberg, Open Book: Succeeding on Exams from the First Day of Law School (2011).
KF283.F75 2011

John C. Dernbach, Writing Essay Exams to Succeed (Not Just to Survive) (4th ed. 2014).
KF283.D47 2014


More advice is available at:

Top Law Student blog, How to Prepare for Law School Exams

Evan Schaeffer's Legal Underground, A Law Professor Shares The Top Arbitrary Number (Turns Out to be Six) of Things Not to Do on Law School Exams

Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
(CALI) Lessons and Classcaster (podcasts). Law students may obtain a password for CALI registration from the Reference Office.


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