‘Tis the Season for Exams

Final exam season is upon us! The Texas A&M University School of Law has developed several programs aimed at reducing student stress during exams. One exciting new program brings a few furry friends to the law school during the first day of exams. Additionally, the law library decorates our reading room with holiday cheer and provides complimentary study food for the students to enjoy.

The canine companions were loved by the students, faculty, and staff.  Lisa’s K-9 Kids located in Arlington, TX provided several cuddly fur babies that are at different stages of their training, including one lab mix, Jax, who was on his first outing. Many students completed their exams and decompressed with the dogs.


Also for the exam period, the law library builds a book tree and a traditional holiday tree. Atop the holiday tree is, of course, a West form book with a giant star of Texas. We also created a snowman made of federal reporters that is affectionately named the 12th snowman (Go Aggies!).  The purpose of these decorations is to provide a relaxing atmosphere for students to study that hopefully reminds them of home.

Treethe 12th snowman

Finally, the law library provides the nectar of the Gods (COFFEE!!) and snacks for the students. The snacks are manned by a bust of Dee J. Kelly, the namesake for our law library. We try to provide a mixture of snacks to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. As we were putting the snacks out this morning, several students thanked us for providing these items and took a few up to their morning exams.


We are currently brainstorming new ideas for providing stress relief during exam season. If your institution is doing something interesting or innovative, feel free to email me at mhall36@law.tamu.edu. I would love to hear all about them.

About malikahhalllibrarian

Malikah Hall is a Reference Librarian and Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University. She was previously the Diversity Fellow, Research Services Librarian, and Lecturer in Law at Cornell University. Malikah is very active in AALL where she is the current RIPS Law Librarian Blog editor, Immediate Past Chair of PEGA-SIS, a member of the AALL Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the AALL Legal Research Competencies Review Special Committee. Malikah graduated from North Carolina Central University with a J.D./M.L.S. joint degree. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her sweet dog and anything true crime related.
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