I believe some schools call them Cali Awards and some Am. Jur. Same thing pretty much.
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I think with regards to exam writing the most important thing is to learn how your prof. wants it to be written. I did a little research, asked questions, and showed them some practice answers to learn how they wanted it written. Not all profs. want it in IRAC form exactly. Only one of mine did.
I've only had experience with 4 law school exams so my expertise is limited but what I thought a lot of it was is common sense. If you bust your butt during the semester and know the law putting it together isn't that complicated. It's just a bunch of concepts. The legal analysis part is what I think got a lot of my friends. What I did (and it worked for me) is simply to use common sense. Explain the rule and then write how it applies. You know how it applies if you know the rule I think though sometimes it is such common sense people don't write it down. Then say how you think the court will come out. Keep it simple.
Another big thing is judgment. I am a very fast thinker and writer so I didn't have problems with time on the exams but if type slower I think it is helpful to start with the most important issues first and work your way down. This way you know you are getting the most points and bang for your time. I was told to do this because it helps the reader know that you can recognize what issues are the most important and what not.
Also, make an outline and try to keep your answers neat and logical. Make it as easy for the reader to read as possible.
Finally, LEEWs was great I guess. I did like the first 5 cd's and got tired of it but if you flip to spotting issues and the analysis part it was pretty helpful. Best of luck to you.
I think the above response hit it right on the money. Relax during exam time. Bust your butt during the semester. This is what I did and once exams come around you can relax and freshen everything up and know that you know the material. Having confidence in yourself is key. I loved exam time because I felt that was the most relaxing part of the whole semester. Anyways I don't think law school exams are as arbitrary as made out so work hard and believe in yourself and you will be fine.
I didn't have a problem at all. Asked a couple of professors and they both were very happy to do it and while they expressed that they don't want me to leave and don't think US News Rankings are necessary accurate other people's perception comes from them. They flat out told me that transferring was the right thing to do. I wouldn't worry about it.
I was wondering if you get all of your application materials in on
Feb. 1st if anybody has experience as to how quick GULC will make
decisions. It seems in the past that most people get accepted in
early April but I was wondering if people ever got accepted in Feb. or
I am curious as to how you think GULC will look at you if your school
doesn't rank. I am interested in applying EA and earned a 3.95/4.0
this semester from a school ranked in the 50's. My concern though is
whether I should write a letter and tell them that our school doesn't
rank or what not. Also, our school publishes charts of where you
would fit on a ranking so if the past results are any indicator I am
probably #1 or #2 in the class. I just wish there was a way for me to
get this information across to GULC. Anybody have any ideas and
whether or not the no ranking policy is going to hurt my chances.
On a further not I am doing well in law school but my undergrad GPA
was only a 3.06 with a 159 on the LSAT. Is it possible that could
come back to bite me in the rear or will they really only look at my
law school grades. Thanks in advance for the help.