The key to law-school success for many students is finding a good
tutor. Lectures, commercial outlines and hornbooks only teach you the
black letter law. They don't teach you WHAT to Say and HOW to Say
It on examinations.
A good tutor can give you immediate feedback with suggestions
for improvement before you take examinations.
Tim Tyler, Ph.D., is a practicing attorney and author of
dozens of publications on how to take law-school and bar
examinations, especially for the California Bar. Further, he has
written concise and straightforward outlines explaining the black
letter law (statutory and common law) and bright-line rules of
law (how courts have applied that law to resolve difficult cases). (See Exam Guides.)
received his doctorate in economics from the University of California and
later graduated number one in his law-school class. He passed the
California State Bar Exam on his first attempt and has been a practicing
attorney in California since 1999.
Recognized by the California Bar Association
The California Bar Association does not advocate that any particular
exam style is the best. But the exam style advocated by Dr. Tyler has been
repeatedly selected by
the California Bar Association as a superior approach in its
selection of "exemplary answers" submitted by examinees.
On the June
2002 First Year Law Student Examinations HALF of the "exemplary
answers" released by the California Bar were
based on Dr. Tyler's approach (The Exemplary Answers 1(B), 2(A) and 4(B)
were almost entirely based on Tyler’s “Nailing the Bar” approach,
and Answer 3(B) used Tyler’s definition for MURDER virtually word for
It is significant that ONE student answer based on Dr. Tyler's approach
was selected by the California Bar for EACH AREA TESTED on the examination
because it shows Dr. Tyler's "Nailing the Elements" approach is
effective in every examination area.
Nail your Exams by Nailing the Elements
Dr. Tyler's exam guides use the structured IRAC approach called
"Nailing the Elements.". IRAC is the standard approach for law-school
essays, and it means that essays should state Issues, the Rules of law,
Application of the law to the facts and a concise Conclusion.
"Nailing the Elements" is the key to IRAC that most law students fail
to grasp. Without it your law-school answers will be conclusionary
or merely restate facts. LawTutor.Org will show you how to avoid these
problems by "Nailing the Elements".