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Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School (Not Just to Survive)

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Fourth Edition

John C. Dernbach
Distinguished Professor of Law,
Co-Director, Environmental Law Center
Widener University School of Law 

2014. 144 pages. ISBN: 978-1-4548-4162-3.

About the Book

Writing Essay Exams to Succeed in Law School (Not Just to Survive) shows students that essay exams don't have to be a mystery. With its wealth of visual aids, examples, and practical advice, John Dernbach's concise guide enables pre-law and law school students to develop the strong essay-writing skills needed to succeed in law school and achieve their goals. The Fourth Edition's updated instruction, visual aids, exercises, and examples continue to be fresh and relevant. On law school exams, as in practice, you need to know how to write well under pressure.


New Features in this Edition Include:

•Coverage that focuses on the most important elements of constructing and writing an answer to any essay exam question
•Clear and accessible instruction and tips
•Visual aids and text boxes that highlight key points
•Examples throughout that illustrate the right and wrong approach to answering  variety of essay questions
•Sample exam questions with several possible answers 
•An all-new Chapter 8 that explains how exams are similar to the real practice of law
•An updated answer to the Hayakawa problem in Chapter 4 that is now annotated to show key features, such as explanations of rules, explanation of elements, application of sub-elements to facts, and conclusions
Additional resources for exam writing for five first-year law courses are provided on this website under the "Student Materials" tab.