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December 08, 2016

Another old exam for those who are gluttons for my flights of first-year exam fancy

Nice to see so many of you working so hard and well at the Thursday review session.  Another session will be taking place at 11am on Friday (12/9) and the last review session will be at 4:30pm on Sunday (12/11).  If you are looking for new "old" exams of mine to review, here is the crazy one I delivered in 2013:

Download Berman 2013 Crim Law final

December 8, 2016 in Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (0)

December 01, 2016

Planning review sessions ... NOW including on Sunday afternoon

As I mentioned in class, my "scheduled" review sessions are designed only to provide a designated time and place for students to gather in order to ask me questions about course materials, doctrines or past exams (many of which can be found via this link).

As of this writing, I am thinking about having one scheduled review session on Thursday Dec 8 at 4pm, and another one on Friday Dec 9 at 11am.  I will also consider doing a session at sometime on Sunday Dec 11 if you clamor for such a session.

UPDATE:  I have now officially wrangled the time on Sunday, Dec 11 from 4:30pm to 6pm (and only that time) for one final review session.

 

December 1, 2016 in Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (6)

November 28, 2016

Starting our grinding over self-defense doctrines and midterm review

I had grand plans to get our review of the "classic" criminal law defense of self-defense off to a flying start during Monday afternoon's class, and I also had expected to start reviewing mid-term efforts with students right after class.  But, as you all likely now know, a troubled (and now deceased) young man decided to disrupt all OSU campus plans for this afternoon.

So I have taken to this space to get the grind going in the following ways:

1. Background/grinding on Ohio self-defense law:  Almost exactly 40 years ago, Ohio's procedures for applying self-defense doctrines were contested all the way up to the US Supreme Court. I have never made the SCOTUS ruling in Martin v. Ohio a required part of the course materials, but I think folks might now find it interesting to read and reflect on the ruling in Martin v. Ohio, 480 U.S. 228 (1987), available here and/or here and/or via Westlaw/Lexis.

2.  Background/grinding on mid-term review: I have now taken the time to divide up the mid-term data into what I consider helpful quartiles to produce this accounting:

                     Top 25%         Mid 50%            Bottom 25%

WORDS        > 1650          1001-1650          < 1000

PART A        46 or more          39-45         38 or less

PART B        18 or more          14-17         13 or less

Though much too crude, I think these quartiles provide a useful rough guide to how your first exam taking experience went.  If you are on the top 25% on a question, then generally speaking you are doing the kind of work needed to secure an A.  If you are in the mid 50%, then you are still doing well and need not worry about "bombing."  If you are in the bottom 25%, you should try to figure out "what went wrong" so that you can do better the next time.

I will readily/eagerly/happily be available from 12noon to 5pm on Tuesday and from 3pm to 5:30pm on Wednesday and from 2:30pm to 5pm on Thursday to go over the exam with individual students.  I would be grateful if a couple of folks or groups come to see me at the same time so I need not repeat my general advice/feedback over and over again (and I am pleased a pair of students have already "booked" an appointment for 12noon on Tuesday).

Please use the comments to sign up for meetings in 30 minute blocks in the windows of time indicated above.  Thanks!

November 28, 2016 in Class reflections, Notable real cases, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (16)

October 08, 2016

If you have any pre-midterm questions...

ask your classmates, and if they do not have a ready answer, just relax about it.  

But if you cannot relax, and think I can help, ask the question in the comments here and I will try to respond so all can see/hear.

UPDATE:  I just saw this good question in a prior thread:

Student Q: "Professor Berman, when using rules from the MPC/ORC to answer the exam questions, do we need to specifically cite which section of the MPC/ORC the rule is coming from?"

Berman A: There is need to cite to a precise/specific code provision if you can make the substantive point effectively without doing so, but you may often find it more efficient to be able to cite to a specific code section rather than to have to explain the point you want to make in extended prose.

 

October 8, 2016 in Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (2)

October 03, 2016

Prior posts with prior real and practice mid-term exams

Happy exciting October ... which is made even more exciting because a week from today you will all get the opportunity to get your first law school exam behind you.  Though I suspect many may fall prey to the common tendency to prepare too much rather than too little for the (not-all-that-important) mid-term, I also suspect my tendency to write exam questions that are crazy hard will tend to aggravate that common student tendency.

These concerns aside, and with the prior warning that all the prior exams you find are crazy hard, here are links to prior posts in which you can find links to prior mid-term exams.  Specifically, the first two links below are to the "practice" mid-term that I still offer when teaching a large-section class (and associated follow-up materials), and the other links provide through prior posts access to the actual mid-terms that I administered in 2013 and 2014:

Reflections on the practice exam experience

Practice exam feedback materials

For your review and enjoyment... my (too long) 2013 Crim Law mid-term

Materials and times for [2014] midterm review

October 3, 2016 in Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (3)

December 04, 2014

Review session plans for Thursday (12/11) and Saturday (12/13)

As mentioned in class, I will plan to conduct (entirely optional) review sessions in the days leading up to our exam.  Specifically, I plan to be at the law school and will head to our usual room to answer questions for as long as possible/needed on:

On Thursday, I will have to leave by around 12:45pm to catch a flight, and on Saturday I will have to leave by around 4:30pm to pick up my daughter from a rehearsal.  But, save for those restrictions, my time is yours for any and all types of review students request.

December 4, 2014 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 27, 2014

Links to a bunch of my old exams

As I have suggested to various folks at various times, reviewing my old exams is an effective and important way to prepare for my final. To help toward that end, here I will now post links to prior posts where you can download many of my old exams:

After you all get a chance to look through all (lucky?) seven of these prior exams, I may post a few more.

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November 19, 2014

Materials and times for midterm review

As long promised and now finally delivered, here are available for download both the Crim Law 2014 midterm and the grading grid I used when reviewing/scoring answers:

Download Berman full mid-term for 2014 crim law

Download Basic 2014 mid-term exam scoresheet

Also, I will be available to review student performances one-on-one at the following times throughout this week and next week:

Wednesday 11/19: From 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Thursday 11/20: From 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Friday 11/21: From 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Monday 11/24: From 3:00pm to 5:30pm

 

UPDATE on MEETING TIMES AS OF 11/19 at 3pm:

11/19:  Still open

11/20:  Valerie J at 4pm, Holly C at 4:30; Neil S at 5

11/21:  Sasa T at 3pm;  Robert Y at 3:30; Devin S at 4; Abi W at 4:30

11/24:  Madison T at 3pm; Madison G at 3:30

I can/will make more review times available as needed and able...

 

ANOTHER UPDATE on MEETING TIMES AS OF 11/20 at 9am:

If those with scheduled times can send me their exam numbers AHEAD of the meeting time so I can prepare for the meeting, I ought to be able to complete most review meetings in 15 minutes.  So those eager to still get fit but not yet on the schedule might usefully send me their exam number AND hang around during meeting times to get in the mix.

November 19, 2014 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (17) | TrackBack

October 19, 2014

Any lingering concerns or questions (other than grades) with respect to mid-term?

I just wanted to create this space for any enduring question on concerns regarding the mid-term exam.  For a host of reasons, process questions would be easier to answer than substance questions.  But I remain eager to continue the learning from an experience intended to be high-learning, low-stress (to the extent possible).  

I sincerely hope that, with the exam now in the rear-view mirror, everyone is now looking forward and gearing up for a lot of exciting homicide discussions over the next few weeks.  Though I love all parts of the course, I think the next 3-4 weeks are among the most dynamic, engaging and real-world exciting of the entire semester.

October 19, 2014 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack

September 29, 2014

For your review and enjoyment... my (too long) 2013 Crim Law mid-term

In an effort to make up for messing up in Monday's class, I will post now the mid-term exam I gave students in this class in Fall 2013.  I think the exam was way too long and probably too hard, but that is my (problematic) tendency with most of the exams I write.  So, with that warning:

Download Berman full mid-term for 2013 crim law

 

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September 25, 2014

How about having the mid-term sometime on Friday, October 17?

I would be able/eager to offer the mid-term on either the morning or afternoon of October 17, and the class that day would have an extra focus on the exam (either as prep or as immediate review).

In addition to urging folks to weigh in on that particular date, if it sounds to you like a good date please also in the comments indicate whether you would prefer the exam to be in the morning or afternoon. 

September 25, 2014 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

December 13, 2013

Relaxation, celebration and reasons to feel lucky Berman Crim Law 2013 is over

If memory serves, I believe 1Ls finish up their second exam today, and I want to encourage everyone to take a deep breath after the exam and enjoy a well-deserved afternoon of relaxation.  No matter how much you feel you need to do to study for your final exam next week, taking at least a few well-earned hours off to recharge your batteries is always a wise and sensible exam-time strategy.

I will be in my office at Moritz after about 3pm this afternoon, and I would be happy and eager to celebrate (and toast) your achievements so far.  In fact, because I have lots of (non-pressing) work to do, I could be readily lured away from my office to cover a round of celebratory drinks just about anytime late Friday afternoon.

Last but not least, and to have a little fun with a Daft Punk lyric, even if you have been up all night 'til the sun, and up all night to study some, you should feel you've gotten lucky that my exam is already over.  That is because, if my exam was still on tap, I would have a really hard time resisting adding a question concerning some of the amazing real-world crim law stories from this week covered on my other blog in these posts:

Especially because I hear some students are eager to pursue the idea of a Cordle-inspired e-book, the first story linked above provides a sad and useful reminder that issues relating to the the appropriate prosecution and punishment for deadly drunk drivers are sure to be timely for many years to come.

December 13, 2013 in Class reflections, Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 07, 2013

Final review session at 12 noon on Sunday ... UPDATE: I will now be in closer to 12:30pm or later...

By popular demand, I will come in to Moritz and be in our usual room at noon to go over whatever students want help going over.

UPDATE:  A wife with a bad cold is slowing me down this Sunday morning... I am sick from the OSU game last night, but she is truly sick.  As a result, I probably will not make it in to our usual locale until around 12:30pm or maybe even a bit later.  

Sorry for the slight delay....

December 7, 2013 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 04, 2013

My 2010 Crim law exam and links to some of those which came before

As promised, I am now posting here a copy of the last Crim Law exam I gave (from 2010). 

Download 2010 Crim Law final

And you can get all my other old exam via these prior posts:

If you all get through all (lucky?) seven of these prior exams, I can post a few more.  But remember, this is a marathon, not a sprint!

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November 14, 2013

All the raw scores and data analysis from mid-terms in one spreadsheet

Thanks to the wonderful and efficient and spreadsheet savvy Mrs. Berman, I can now post (two days before promised) all the raws scores and other metrics following my review of all your mid-term efforts.  You should give all thanks to my better half for helping me make this information available ASAP in this form, you should give all curses and questions to me about the substantive or procedural particulars.

Download Berman Criminal Law mid-term metrics

November 14, 2013 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

October 28, 2013

Plans for big transitions and activities in days and weeks ahead

In part because it seem there are few remaining burning questions about homicide issues (at least few noted in response to this post) and in part because we have lots of exciting topics to get to ASAP, I am expecting and hoping everyone is rested and ready to roll on our next set of topics.  And, of critical importance for those who have not yet been involved in a role-play, we are due to have one exciting legislative experience this Friday and another one (or maybe even two, if needed) tentatively slated for just before Thanksgiving.

Here are a few (tentative) basics about the coming schedule and role-plays so you can plan accordingly and effectively, both to ensure you are keeping up with the reading and being involved in at least one role-play (which is a requirement to complete the course successfully):

Week of 10/28:  Broad discussion of past, present, future of modern rape law, ending with legislative role-play on Friday (11/1). 

Weeks of 11/4 and 11/11: Focused discussion of defenses, with special attention on self-defense and contrasts between MPC and Ohio approaches to defenses.  This unit ends with lawyering role-play involving representation of modern-day Tom Dudley.

Weeks of 11/18 and beyondAttempt and complicity materials, including a lawyering role-play (if needed) involving representation of persons accused of being accomplices in a rape.

October 28, 2013 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

October 23, 2013

Any lingering/burning questions about homicide (e.g., how would Joe Shooter be prosecuted)?

Especially because lots of additional doctrines and ideas are going to come at you fast over the next few weeks, right now would be an especially good time to review the doctrines and lessons of the homicide unit that has occupied our energies over the last few weeks.  Folks with any burning questions or concerns can bring them up in the comments to this post (or, of course, contact me in person).

Among the ways students might very usefully review this until would be to go back to the Joe Shooter facts and imagine how they would respond to those facts on an exam if I were to ask what possible charges might be brought against Shooter by an Ohio and/or Oliwood prosecutor and what challenges would such a prosecutor face in making various charges "stick."

October 23, 2013 in Class reflections, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

July 31, 2012

Should there be special trial rules for the death penalty? Why?

As we continue to discuss and debate how criminal trial procedures might be structured if and when a society decides that accuracy should be the primary goal and principal value, consider whether and why the availability for a certain type of punishment (e.g., the death penalty or LWOP) should impact the way procedures are structured.  The US reality, as I explain in detail in my upper-level sentencing course, is that trial procedures are a lot different in most states when a case involves a possible death sentence. 

Helpfully, we can draw insight on ths issue with reference to two notable jurisdictions based on the mid-term papers of Grady and Natalie, who discussed the operation of the death penalty China and Saudi Arabia, respectively.

Below I have uploaded the mid-term papers of Grady and Natalie, and I highly encourage everyone to read these papers closely and then share comments concerning the question in the title of this post.

Download Owen on DP in China

Download Hoover on DP in Saudi Arabia

July 31, 2012 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final, Reflections on class readings | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

July 30, 2012

Do you think Germany or Japan could have more accurate trials than the US?

Our last few classes will be focused on a discussion and debate about whether and how criminal trial procedures can and should be structured if/when a society decides that accuracy in the guilt/innocence determination can and should be the primary goal and principal value for criminal trials.  And, helpfully, we can draw insight on this issue with reference to two notable jurisdictions based on the mid-term papers of Kyle and Joshua, who discussed trial procedures in Germany and Japan, respectively.

Below I have uploaded the mid-term papers of Kyle and Joshua, and I highly encourage everyone to read these papers closely and then share comments concerning the question in the title of this post.

Download Schrodi_GermanCrimPro

Download Maygar Japan CJS

July 30, 2012 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final, Reflections on class readings | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

July 27, 2012

The first two questions (take-home variety) of Berman's final exam

By popular request/demand, I am posting here a (slightly tweaked) version of the exam questions discussed in class.  These are now in final form and will also be distributed in hard-copy form in Monday's class.

Please let me know if you have any problem accessing this document.

Download First part of Berman's 2012 CCP Final

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December 10, 2010

Electronic versions of the two key Ohio revised code handouts...

can be downloaded here:

Download 2010 Ohio liability-MR statutes

Download 2010 version of Ohio homicide statutes

Please use the comments to this post to report any problems accessing these documents or indicating if you want/need me to post any other materials.

December 10, 2010 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

December 06, 2010

"Trial to begin in boy's death at Mass. gun expo"

The title of this post is the headline of this AP article reporting on a sad case about to become a headline-making criminal trial in Boston.  Here are the basics:

Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj -- 4-foot-3 and 66 pounds -- stepped up to the firing range to shoot an Uzi as his father and 11-year-old brother watched from a few feet away. As Christopher fired the 9mm micro submachine gun at a pumpkin, the weapon flipped backward and shot him in the head.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Prosecutors brought manslaughter charges against the gun club where the machine gun shoot took place, two men who supplied the weapons and a small-town police chief who owns a company that sponsored the gun fair.  On Monday, the first trial begins in what is expected to be a heart-wrenching recounting of Christopher's death on Oct. 26, 2008.

Edward Fleury, the former police chief in the tiny western Massachusetts town of Pelham, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter as well as four counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor.  Fleury was charged because he owned COPS Firearms & Training, which co-sponsored the gun fair at the Westfield Sportsman's Club.  He also hired the two men who supplied the guns and ran the shooting range portion of the event.

Fleury's lawyer, Rosemary Curran Scapicchio, says there is no way Fleury could have anticipated that a child would die when he co-sponsored the event.  The two men who supplied the guns -- Carl Giuffre and Domenico Spano -- had conducted the same gun shoot at the Westfield club for seven years without incident.

Fleury's lawyer also argues that prosecutors should have called Christopher's father, Dr. Charles Bizilj, to testify before the grand jury that indicted Fleury.  Charles Bizilj brought his two sons to the machine gun shoot and gave them permission to fire the Uzi.

"The prosecutor urged the grand jury to find that Chief Fleury disregarded a probable risk of death of a child.  However, the child's father did not believe that allowing his son to fire the machine gun would create a probable risk of death," Scapicchio wrote.  "The truth is that death was not a probable consequence. Instead, it was a tragic pure accident."

Hampden District Attorney William Bennett did not return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Bennett has said Charles Bizilj chose the compact Uzi for his son after he was assured it was safer than a larger weapon.  He said the small size of the gun, along with its rapid rate of fire, actually made it more likely that the third-grader from Ashford, Conn., would lose control of the weapon and the muzzle would come close to his face.

Bennett said Charles Bizilj was not charged because he was a layman and based his decision to allow his sons to fire the gun on information from others who should have known it was too dangerous....

Charles Bizilj said Christopher had fired handguns and rifles previously but had never shot an automatic weapon such as an Uzi.  "I watched several other children and adults use it. It's a small weapon, and Christopher was comfortable with guns.  There were larger machine guns with much more recoil, and we avoided those," he told The Boston Globe the day after his son's death.

Bennett said Christopher was one of at least four children who fired automatic weapons at the fair.  He said Fleury had wrongly assured Giuffre and Spano that it was legal for children to use the Uzi.

Charles Bizilj was filming his son and captured the shooting on video.  Fleury's lawyer has asked the judge to exclude the graphic video from the trial.

The Bizilj family has been devastated by Christopher's death, said Bruce Melikian, an attorney who represents the family in a wrongful death lawsuit against Fleury, Spano and Giuffre. "I'm not sure what this trial will accomplish," Melikian said.  "I think their main concern is that no one else ever has to go through this again."

Fleury faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted on the manslaughter charge.  He faces a maximum of 10 years if convicted of furnishing the weapon to a minor.

This sad real case almost sounds like a hypo from a criminal law exam, and thus it might present a good opportunity to test your knowledge of various doctrines.

December 6, 2010 in Notable real cases, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack

November 30, 2010

Working plans for exam review sessions

As of this writing, and as discussed in class, I am planning to have (at least) two general review sessions:

Please let me know ASAP in comment or via e-mail if additional such sessions are desired (or whether alternative times the week of Dec 6 would be preferred).

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November 23, 2010

Crim Law exam prep open thread for the long holiday weekend

Congrats to all for getting one exam behind you, and be sure to take some special time for review and reflection on what you did right (and wrong) in the exam preparation and taking process.  Also, be sure to take some deserved time off during the holiday weekend.

On the sad (but reasonable?) assumption that you will not be able to put all future exams out of your mind during the long weekend, I have created this post to provide a forum for questions (and answers?) about our upcoming Crim Law exam.  I expect our exam to be quite similar in style and structure to those I have given in prior years (many of which can be found here and here and here), so you can/should check out past my exams to get a sense of what is on the horizon for you on December 13.

Feel free to ask any and all questions you might have about our final exam in the comments here.  (I will bring any especially important answers into the text of this post or create a new post, if needed).

November 23, 2010 in Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

October 18, 2010

Specifics for (last?) administration of practice exam(s)

I have reserved Room 354  on Tuesday, October 19 starting at 11:00am for another administration of the practice exam. 

I will plan to give to all those students who show up just the "original" practice exam (the one for which there is a memo reviewing the substance).  But anyone who has already taken the original and now would like to take on a different question should let me know ASAP.  I will happily bring an alternative practice question for those who are gluttons for this kind of practice punishment.

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October 15, 2010

Repeat practice exam time reminders

Just a quick blog reminder of the two times I have scheduled to give another real-world-condition (optional) practice exam experience:

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October 05, 2010

Confirming interest in practice test administration on Wednesday (10/6) at 11am

A few students have written via e-mail to confirm their interest in having me formally administer a practice test tomorrow, Wednesday, October 6 at 11am.  I am thus now planning to go to our usual room (Drinko Hall 348) a little before 11am to begin to simulate real exam-taking conditions for a one-hour practice exam. 

Please comment on the blog if you are thinking about coming for the experience (and/or if you would like we to administer the test at another time/place in the not-too-distant future).

Thanks. Hope all are having a great break!

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September 17, 2010

Test yourself on mens rea issues using a question from my first exam

Below you will find the full text of one of the questions I asked students on the very first exam I gave the very first time I taught our class (way back in 1997):

Oliwood Criminal Code § 555.21. No person shall sell beer or any other intoxicating liquor to any person under 21 years of age. Violators of this statute, upon a first offense, shall be fined not more than $1000, and/or be required to do not more than 50 hours of community service.

Joseph Merchant, who operates a liquor store near the local university, has a reputation for selling alcohol to underage persons. Beau Younger, a large and mature looking 19-year-old student at Oliwood State, enters Merchant’s store seeking a bottle of rum. Based on Younger’s appearance, Merchant believes that Younger is in his mid 20s. But, knowing that the police are watching his every move, Merchant asks Younger for some identification. Younger reacts by shouting, “Damn, I’m 25 years old, and I’m sick and tired of getting carded. You just better give me the booze or else I may have to rough you and this joint up.” Not wanting any trouble, Merchant sells Younger the rum. The police find out Younger’s true age as he leave the store, and they arrest Merchant for violating Oliwood Criminal Code § 555.21.

Joseph Merchant has retained you to defend him. Prepare a brief memorandum discussing and assessing the issues you expect to raise in your defense of Mr. Merchant.

I do not plan to discuss this question in class, though I will be happy to do so if there is student interest in using class time to go over this question.

September 17, 2010 in Class reflections, Course materials and schedule, Preparing for the final | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

November 23, 2008

Good luck and good times...

Just a quick note from your crim prof wishing you good luck on your contracts mid-term. 

Also, I wanted to report that I will be in town on Monday and will happily treat for the first round of liquid refreshment for any class members who join me at Eddie George Grill after 1:30pm on Monday afternoon.

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October 31, 2008

Practice exam feedback materials

I am posting here (finally!) the two promised documents to aid you in reviewing your own efforts on the practice exam. After reviewing these documents (which should be in Word-friendly formats), feel free to come talk to me in person about any questions or concerns.

Download key_issues_on_practice_exam.rtf

Download exam_tips_memo.rtf

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October 16, 2008

Reflections on the practice exam experience

As of this writing, a majority of students have had a chance to do the practice exam under simulated exam conditions.  For those who have not yet done the practice exam, I am now happy to make it available here on-line (and to continue to encourage looking at it only when prepared to use it as a serious exam-taking simulation):

Download practice_exam.rtf

I am eager to receive through comments here reflections on the practice exam experience. I would like to know, e.g., if anyone found the exam too easy (or too hard) to be a useful simulation, if there was other advice I should have given prior to the exam, if the practice exam should be extended to a full three hours or have more questions, etc.  (N.B.: In the next few weeks, after everyone has had a chance to work on the practice exam, I will be providing general feedback in the form of an outline of key issues on the exam and basic law school test-taking tips.)

In addition, I am eager to know if students would like another practice exam experience later in the semester.  I would be happy — perhaps around the time of Thanksgiving break once you have our research assignment and the contracts mid-term out of the way — to do another simulation using questions from old exams that cover topics from the second half of the course (like homicide and defenses).

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