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General Board / Resources for Contracts and Property
« on: January 23, 2008, 01:09:52 PM »
Looking for suggestions for third party study materials for contracts and property.

Is the "Examples and Explanations" series good?

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General Board / Re: Issue Spotting
« on: January 13, 2008, 09:35:02 PM »
TPS Report - thanks for the example!

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General Board / Re: Issue Spotting
« on: January 13, 2008, 07:06:36 AM »
Thanks.  So, at the expense of being redundant, issue spotting is identifying the circumstances that are relevant to deciding a point of law?

And, yes, I don't have LEEWS but, from seeing from how well it is reviewed here, I am planning on getting it.

Thanks again.

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General Board / Re: Issue Spotting
« on: January 12, 2008, 07:52:59 AM »
Yes, I have seriously finished first semester.  Maybe a shorter example with one issue would help.

Thanks.

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General Board / Re: Observation on law school testing methods
« on: January 11, 2008, 10:38:06 PM »
That's the view I'm leaning toward.  I went to see one of my professors three times last semester.  Each time he sort of shooed me out of his office after about ten minutes.  Each time he said he was preparing for his next class.

I kept thinking "what preparation - he's been teaching the same cases for years."

Later in the semester, when i saw a list of publications of faculty, i realized that he probably was actually busy working on a paper for a conference.

I can appreciate the pressure for the faculty to publish but, unfortunately, it can easily come at the expense of teaching the students.

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General Board / Re: Issue Spotting
« on: January 11, 2008, 10:00:13 PM »
Believe it or not, I have googled this, and it has been difficult to get a consistant clear answer, which really surprised me.

Thanks.

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General Board / Re: Observation on law school testing methods
« on: January 11, 2008, 09:47:37 PM »
Modern educational theory is that you have frequent assessments on a small amount of material.  The assessments don't necessarily need to be graded.

The purpose is to give the students feedback during the course of the semester; it's an opportunity for the teacher to give the students some direction that may be necessary; it gives the students a chance to see if they are on track with the kind of questions that the teacher gives and how she / he wants them answered.

It results in a much more effective learning experience for the student. It is more work for the teacher.



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General Board / Observation on law school testing methods
« on: January 11, 2008, 08:01:41 PM »
I just completed my first semester of law school and have an observation on the testing methods.

One course - a 15 week course - only had one assessment the entire semester - a three essay question final exam.  It strikes me a strange that a 15 week semester is reduced to one three-question exam.

The exam did not seek to assess a broad understanding of the subject matter.

If I understand correctly, this is not an unusual law school testing model.  It just seems sort of archaic.

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General Board / Re: Thinking of quitting law school...
« on: January 11, 2008, 07:32:25 PM »
My understanding is that many students - maybe even most, at some law schools - won't get jobs in law firms but that the law degree can open up a lot of doors job-wise that would not be open otherwise.

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General Board / Re: Issue Spotting
« on: January 11, 2008, 07:10:46 PM »
Thanks for the very detailed example.

So an "issue" is a set of circumstances that looks to a statute or common law in order to be evaluated?


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