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The Perfect Practice Exam

The Perfect Practice Exam

The Skill of Legal Analysis

by Christina Chong

Forthcoming August 2017 paper


Tags: First Year, Introduction to Law, Law School Study Aids, Legal Writing

The PPE: The Skill of Analysis is the ideal study tool for law students because it provides the most utility for the money spent. The PPE includes 48 essay questions with sample answers. First-year students nationwide benefit from this book because law schools require Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Real Property, and Torts. Students do not need to purchase 6 different supplements to practice their skills because The PPE includes 8 questions for each subject. 

The PPE also ensures students can comfortably use the book throughout the semester. Most supplements randomly combine topics for each subject. As a result, students must wait until reading week to practice their exam-taking skills because the questions include topics from the beginning and the end of the course. The PPE strategically pairs commonly tested topics and presents the topics in the order they often appear on the syllabus.

Finally, The PPE avoids overwhelming students by focusing on a specific learning objective. The PPE’s goal is to improve the user’s analysis, which is one of the most important skills in the legal profession. Other supplements discuss an array of skills without concrete steps on how to execute the book’s advice in real-life situations. The PPE provides detailed instructions on how to improve analysis. For example, the book includes a legal-analysis template, active-learning worksheets that walk students through the three-step process of analysis, and sample answers that use IRAC, headers, and paragraphs to mirror what the students should strive to achieve on their exams.

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