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Finals Resources: Overview

Library Resources for Finals

Study Rooms and Conference Rooms

On final exam days, all library conference rooms and all second floor study rooms* are presumptively reserved for exams. After 9:30 a.m., ask at the library Information Desk to find out which rooms are available or check out a study room key for 5-hour use. (Study room keys may be renewed as long as there are still rooms available for other law students.) Read more

*Third floor study rooms may be checked out before 9:30 but you need to stay close to the room, as you might be asked to leave if the room needs to be used for a test taker.

In addition to the quick tips posted below, see the Thriving in Law School guide for more stress management tips.

12 Quick Tips for Stress Relief (Thanks to all who posed!)


You knew that! But did you know Drake offers group exercise classes, such as pilates, Zumba, and yoga?

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DIY Massage

Lace your fingers together and use your thumb to knead your opposite hand, moving in circles from the base of your thumb to the middle of your palm. Switch hands. The link above provides more extensive instructions as well as other massage suggestions.

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Three-Part Breath

For three minutes, just breathe, inhaling, holding the breath, and exhaling all to the same count (e.g., in for five, hold for five, out for five).

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Channel Your Inner Mr. Miyagi

Vigorously rub your hands together, then place them firmly over your eyes.

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Soak Your Feet

Add Epsom salts to a container of very hot water and soak for 10-15 minutes.

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Enjoy a Laugh

The Mayo Clinic notes, “When you laugh, it not only lightens your mental load but also causes positive physical changes in your body. Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response.” Check out the library's legal humor collection.

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“Aromatherapy can reduce the perception of stress, increase contentment, and decrease levels of cortisol, the ‘stress hormone.’”

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Shake it Off

Shake your hands, arms, or whole body at the pace that feels good to you.

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One easy seated stretch is the spinal twist. Sit with your feet firmly on the floor. Twist to the left, placing your left hand on the chair back and right hand on the chair arm or your left leg. Hold, then switch sides.

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Quiet Ears

Lie back with your hands behind your head. Use your thumbs to close the ear canal. Listen to the rushing sound for 10-15 minutes.

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Thank you card with flowers

Note Gratitude Weekly

See link above for other tips for getting the most out of a gratitude journal.

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