No, we’re not asking you to take a day off from studying and shadow your professor. But as you head into finals, one great way to test your knowledge is to practice writing exam questions yourself.
Law students who are able to write their own hypotheticals are more likely to not only understand the law, but also how it’s applied and tested. The first step is to start reviewing old exams, preferably from your professor, but any professor’s exam will do and there are plenty you can find online.
Mentally work your way through the answer - you can even outline how you would write an essay. Once you get used to this, start thinking about your own hypotheticals.
Coming up with your own essay ideas is a great way to test yourself in a new way. It’s easy and quick (you don’t have to write out full exams, just think of the concepts). If you’re in a study group, it’s also a great group study exercise.
If you’re finding it too difficult to write a hypo from scratch, try manipulating an existing question. See if you’re able to change the facts in the hypothetical to change the outcome. When you’re able to do that, you can determine which issues are important and you’re more likely to spot them on your final.