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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


I would like to sign up to come at 12:30pm

Posted by: Ayesha C. | Nov 28, 2016 7:08:54 PM

12:30pm on Tuesday

Posted by: Ayesha C. | Nov 28, 2016 7:09:33 PM

I'd Like to sign up for Tuesday at 1:00 pm

Posted by: Joshua M. | Nov 28, 2016 7:11:31 PM

I would like to sign up Tuesday 1:30pm

Posted by: Miki S | Nov 28, 2016 7:12:51 PM

3pm on Wednesday!

Posted by: Claudia Cash | Nov 29, 2016 6:54:31 AM

3:30 on Tuesday!

Posted by: natalie kannan | Nov 29, 2016 7:34:58 AM

I would like to sign up for 3:30 on Wednesday. Thank you!

Posted by: Andrea Hearon | Nov 29, 2016 8:53:28 AM

I would like to come in at 4pm Tuesday.

Posted by: Matt C | Nov 29, 2016 12:40:38 PM

I would like 5:00 on wednesday! Thank you!

Posted by: Emily Cashell | Nov 29, 2016 1:13:26 PM

I'd like to come in at 2:30 on Tuesday. See you then.

Posted by: Ali Najaf | Nov 29, 2016 1:44:47 PM

I would love to meet at 2:30 on Thursday.

Posted by: Jordan Belcastro | Nov 30, 2016 8:50:48 AM

Thursday at 2:30

Posted by: Alex S. | Nov 30, 2016 10:43:20 AM

Thursday at 3:30

Posted by: Chance Johnson | Nov 30, 2016 10:58:56 AM

4 pm Wednesday - Abbey Z and Joe B.

Posted by: Abbey Z | Nov 30, 2016 11:09:08 AM

Coming Thursday at 2:30 with Jordan

Posted by: Max Pristic | Nov 30, 2016 12:50:40 PM

Thursday at 4:30

Posted by: Jiangzhou Fu | Nov 30, 2016 6:12:24 PM

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