Law school is stressful . The pressure to get good grades , rise in the class rankings, and land jobs, both during and after law school, is palpable. That pressure only increases when your grades post for the semester, or after a big exam, and your grade is not good.

This article contains no well-known, well-concealed law-school secret to fixing an exam grade that is less than stellar. The purpose of this article is to help any law student overcome and recover from the devastation of a “bad” grade.

Where Did You Go Wrong?

Step one requires a little self-confrontation. In law school, you are ultimately responsible for your success and failure. The professor leads you through the material, pushing you through the Socratic Method , to gain both understanding and comprehension. You are the only one that can get you to application of that knowledge.

If you receive a low grade on an exam or in a class, it’s time to ask, why? Did you prepare for classes ? Did you outline all semester (in whatever format works for you)? Did you attend classes and engage in the material through class discussion and just being present? If you answered “no” to any or all of the questions above, maybe coming back is as simple as fixing that which you know was broken. However, if there isn’t a clear point of failure that you can trace back to your poor grade, this refection process becomes more difficult.

What is Your Learning Style?

It’s possible, especially as a 1L, that you have not yet figured out the right approach to mastery of the material . There are several learning styles. It is not uncommon for one person to have more than one that really works. The best way to leverage your learning style is to identify which one works for you .

There is a high probability that someone at your school can help you find an assessment that might help you find the tree in the middle of the forest. The VARK® Guide to Learning Styles is one resource you can […]

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