9780837731278

A Practical Guide to Writing Law School Essay Exams

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    9780837731278

  • ISBN10:

    0837731275

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-09-01
  • Publisher: William s Hein & Co
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Summary

Students who do well in law school tend to write their examsin a particular way. The purpose of this book is tointroduce students to this method. Chapters teach the lawstudent the purpose of an essay exam, the process of gettingstarted, the basic steps in writing the essay, principlesfor explaining your answer, as well as basic organizational,signposting, and writing rules. An appendix contains twoactual exam questions, including a "model" answer.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Knowing Your Reader
The purpose of essay exams
1(2)
How class should prepare you for the exam
3(3)
Exam preparation requires active learning
6(1)
Preparing to Write
Time allocation
7(1)
Allocate your time according to the value of the question
7(1)
Treat each part as a separate exam
8(1)
Issue spotting
8(6)
Understand the question
9(1)
Identify the basic legal rules that could plausibly be used to answer the question
9(5)
Writing Your Essay
Identify each element of the rule
14(1)
Apply each element to the relevant facts
15(1)
Write a conclusion for each element and for each rule
16(5)
Explaining Your Analysis
State and then answer the question
21(1)
Identify and write each rule that corresponds to the question
22(3)
Describe the rule accurately and precisely
22(2)
Explain relevant terms and concepts for the rule
24(1)
If two possible rules or elements could apply to the problem, use both if you have time
25(1)
For each element
25(11)
State (or restate) the element
25(1)
Explain how the element applies to the facts of the problem
26(1)
Use as many relevant facts as you can
26(2)
Explain the relationship between the facts and your conclusion
28(1)
Use the facts accurately
29(1)
Use policies
30(1)
Use common sense
30(1)
State your reasons accurately and precisely
31(1)
Make sure your reasons are relevant to the legal rule
31(1)
State your conclusion
32(2)
State and respond to counterarguments
34(2)
Organization, Signposting, and Writing Style
Discuss each issue separately
36(2)
Discuss each element or factor of a rule separately
38(1)
Describe the law before you apply it to the facts
38(1)
Signpost your discussion
38(1)
Write well
39(1)
Don't waste your time
40(1)
Appendix: Sample Essays and Troubleshooting 41
Question 1
42
Question 2
56

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