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Law school exams tend to be all or nothing. You sit down, pound the keyboard for a few hours, walk out and a few weeks to a few months later, you've got your entire grade for that course. With everything riding on one test, it's no wonder stress levels are off the charts during exam time. Even worse, law school exams aren't like anything else you've done in law school and they can vary significantly between professors and courses.

There are many ways to prep for these exams, from using study groups to creating outlines to crying uncontrollably alone at night. But one of the best ways is to actually find and use a professor's practice or past exams. Here's how to go about it.

Study: Fewer Women Rank High in Law Because Fewer Attend Top-Tier Schools

Women have achieved equality in law school but not in the profession because fewer are admitted to top-tier schools, according to a new report.

The study says that women earn as many law degrees as men but less than 20 percent of those women become partners at law firms. Women are also underrepresented among judges, corporate counsel, law school deans and professors, according to the authors. Deborah Jones Merritt and Kyle McEntee, law professors at Ohio State, claim that law school rankings and job placements may be partly to blame.

Author of New Study Predicts More Law Schools Will Close

Due to diminishing enrollments, the author of a new study is predicting that more than a dozen law schools may soon close their doors.

Robert Zemsky, a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania, said law school enrollment dropped by 21 percent at private schools and 18 percent at public schools between 2011 and 2015. Analyzing information from 171 law schools in Mapping a Contracting Market, Zemsky concluded that the third-tier schools will drop out first.

"You can't continue to muddle through and hold your breath," he told an audience hosted by Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis in Chicago. "You can only hold your breath for so long."

A Suicide After Failing the Bar, a Hard Lesson for the Living

Brian Christopher Grauman, a recent graduate of UC Hastings College of Law, committed suicide after learning that he failed the bar exam.

His death stunned those who knew him best. He was a high-achiever, having graduated from UC Merced with honors. He had served as editor of the school paper and chief justice of the student government judicial branch. In delivering a commencement speech, he spoke about the future of the graduating class.

"We are lucky to be here, and I don't just mean at a commencement ceremony about to receive our degrees," he said. "I mean in the world. Crime, poverty, greed and geographic barriers have each served to prevent people from earning their college degrees. We have a duty to recognize our privilege."

It's the start of final exams panic season, when law students realize that there are only a few short weeks before they'll sit down for their make-or-break exams -- and they still have so much law to learn.

Some desperate students are spending 14 hours a day doing nothing but studying. Some have more or less moved into the law library, bringing their pillows and pizzas with them. Plenty of those students will be popping Adderall and other prescription stimulants in order to fuel their study-binges. You shouldn't be one of them. Here's why.

It's Thanksgiving break. You're overworked, stressed out, and dreading all the studying you'll be doing in the few weeks before finals. The last thing you want to do is deal with some cousin asking, "Why don't you work for the Supreme Court this summer? I hear they take interns."

But no matter how much you'd like to avoid the subject, if you want turkey, you'll have to talk about law school. Here are some strategies to get you through it.

The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner. That means some relaxation, a break from law school, time with family and friends, and plenty of turkey and pie, right? Not. On. Your. Life.

If you're a law student, Thanksgiving isn't a holiday for counting your blessings. It's the time to start counting down to final exams. To get you off on the right foot, here are six things you should know as you enter law school final exam crunch time.

A professor at the University of Oregon School of Law decided that the best choice for this year's Halloween costume was blackface. The white law prof allegedly smeared his (or her, the professor's gender is unclear at this point) face with black makeup, then headed out to an off-campus Halloween bash attended by students and colleagues.

Did he wow the crowd? Was his costume met with accolades? Was he praised for his wit, bravery, ability to buck P.C. trends? No. The professor is now on paid leave, under official investigation by the university, and facing pressure to resign. No one is surprised.

The American Bar Association has some bad news for law schools that churn out J.D.s who never pass the bar, despite three years of study and six figures of student debt: You'll have to start doing better.

On Friday, the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar adopted a proposal to tighten bar passage rate standards. Under the new rules, schools will be required to show that most of their graduates pass the bar, and relatively quickly.

Not all law schools are the same. A student who gets a JD from Yale could have a much different experience than someone who studied at the University of Southern California, who in turn could have a very different three years than someone at the University of New Hampshire.

We're not just talking about differences in ranking, professors, or geography, either. We're talking differences in teaching styles. And those differences could have a significant impact on your success in law school and your career afterwards.