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How to answer law exams essay?

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3/22/2014 10:07:01 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
What?
Beliefs in a nutshell:
- The Ends never justify the Means.
- Objectivity is secondary to subjectivity.
- The War on Drugs is the worst policy in the U.S.
- Most people worship technology as a religion.
- Computers will never become sentient.
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3/28/2014 9:43:47 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/22/2014 2:26:50 PM, Andromeda_Z wrote:
I would suggest using the correct answers, but if you want to be rebellious, fine by me

LOL
Solonkr~
I don't care about whether an ideology is "necessary" or not,
I care about how to solve problems,
which is what everyone else should also care about.

Ken~
In essence, the world is fucked up and you can either ignore it, become cynical or bitter about it.

Me~
"BAILEY + SOLON = SAILEY
MY SHIP SAILEY MUST SAIL"

SCREW THAT SHIZ #BANNIE = BAILEY & ANNIE

P.S. Shipped Sailey before it was cannon bitches.
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4/5/2014 9:37:21 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 3/22/2014 8:39:49 AM, Juris wrote:
Any tips how to answer law exams

Yes.

I recommend using the IRAC approach: Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion.

Issue spotting is very important. Typically the big issues will leap out at you. But try to read carefully the facts and try to find tangential issues and other minor issues IF you have the time.

Use caselaw you read in your classes either to support your position on the exam or to distinguish your position on the exam in the Analysis. The facts given in law school exams are gray, not black and white, on the essay portion.

The conclusion is not so much important. In law school, there isn't exactly a "right" answer, but rather more how you analyze it.

The only thing that can be wrong is your black letter law (the Rule), but that is just memorization.

Also, if you have time on the exam, pay attention to what the professor said about POLICY (WHY do we have this law and WHY would imposing the law or not imposing the law on the hypothetical fact pattern). Policy shows a higher grasp; a view of the forest.