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cuteprincess

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mnemonics for law school
« on: October 05, 2005, 03:32:15 PM »
Does anyone have mneumonics for torts, contracts and criminal law?  I'm in first year law school.  Need lots of  help.

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2005, 04:08:11 PM »
my property prof gave us OCEANS for adverse possession.

the possession must be:

O   Open and notorious
C   Continuous and uninterrupted
E   Exclusive
A   Actual
N   Non-permissive (adverse or hostile)
S   for the Statutory period

That's all I got. Anyone else?

SFLawGirl

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2005, 04:40:57 PM »
Intentional Torts - ABCFITT

Assault
Battery
Conversion
False Imprisonment
Intentional Inlfliction of Emotional Distress
Trespass to Chattel
Trespass to Land

I hope this is a helpful start for defenses. I haven't learned what the rest is just yet... 

Defenses - DARNCOPS
D
A
R
N
C
O
P
S

chaser

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2005, 05:59:05 PM »
My "pride and joy" is my mnemonic for

"7 Dangerous Felonies" for Felony Murder Rule:

"Robb's Rhap-Sodies, our son, Larry Kidd, may hum."

Robbs= Robbery
Rhap= Rape
Sodies= Sodomy/forced
Our son= Arson
Larry= Burglary
Kidd= Kidnapping***
May hum= Mayhem

I am also proud of my mnemonic for KIDNAPPING:

"KUM to POPA":

"Kidnapping is the Unprivileged Movement of a Person from One Place to Another."

Speaking of FELONY MURDER RULE, I feel my mnemonic for the ELEMENTS OF FMR is pretty good:

"Regis' P-ACT Caused Ireland's Dangerous decLINE":

Regis= Res Gestae-Immediate crime scene including hot pursuit by police.

P= Proximate Cause

ACT= Actual cause (Prosecution needs BOTH.)

CAUSED= Cause (to help you remember causation.)

Ireland's= Separate felony, as in People v. Ireland.  (In other words, the People can't say you FELONY-BATTERED the guy; then he died).

DANGEROUS= Dangerous felony (supra).

decLINE= Commonwealth v. Redline: "The defendant cannot be held strictly liable for the death of an accomplice which he did not intend," a/k/a "The Redline Rule."

A good Tim Tyler-mnemonic is for " Common Law Burglary":

BEDONI= The Breaking and Entering into the Dwelling place of anOTHER in the Night-time with the Intent to commit a felony therein.
"Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite."  Oliver Wendell Holmes

cuteprincess

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2005, 06:09:42 PM »
Thank you for the help.  Some of them are really funny.  I actually remembered the OCEANS one.  THANKS!

What is DARNCOPS?

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2005, 07:18:30 PM »
While Adverse Possesion has been covered, I'd thought I'd offer mine:

A HO Cums Easily!

Actual Possession
Hostile
Open (& notorious)
Continuous
Exclusive.

Air Force JAG Corps

SFLawGirl

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2005, 01:10:11 AM »
I will have to get back to you about DARNCOPS when I wrap up defenses. Will likely post it next week. Sorry! 

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2005, 10:43:34 AM »
Intentional Torts

FAT female dog

F - False Imprionment
A - Assault
T - Trespass to Land

B - Battery
I - IIED
T - Trespass to Chatel
C - Conversion
h - nothing

I have more but ConLaw has clogged my brain.

cuteprincess

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2005, 12:40:29 PM »
There are 12 defenses in Intentional Torts.

Defenses to Intentional Torts:
1   Crazy                           Consent
2   Silly                           Self Defense
3   Dirty                           Defense of Others
4   Double                           Defense of Property
5   Dog                           Discipline
6   Dealing                           Detention for Investigation (shopkeeper's privilege)
7   Leave                           Legal Authority
8   Right                           Recapture of Chattle
9   Now                           Necessity Private    
10   Never                           Necessity Public
11   Return                           Reentry of Land
12   Ever.                           Entry to Abate a nuisance

I liked that mnemonic for FAT female dog.....hahahah.....good one!

Do you guys have anything for Contracts?

chaser

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Re: mnemonics for law school
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2005, 01:58:27 PM »
The classic "Contracts" one is of course, MYLEGS for Statute of Frauds:

Marriage, contemplation of,
Year, scope of, can't be performed in,
Land, interest in
Estate
Goods, $500 or more
Surety--guaranty of the debt of another.

Another is SUM FIG, attacking enforceability of K:

Statute of Frauds
Unconscionability
Mistake, Mutual (Raffles v. Wichelhaus)
Formation--Offer, acceptance, consideration
Incapacity--minor, drunk, insane
Gangster--Fraud, duress, illegality
"Civilization is the process of reducing the infinite to the finite."  Oliver Wendell Holmes