Some of my classes had midterms, some had papers, and some have multi-part exams, so it's not like your grade always rides on one question. One of my finals this semester will have a T/F section and multiple-choice section in addition to the issue spotter.
You might want to take a look at some exams for first year courses as well.
Quote from: EarlCat on December 02, 2009, 12:04:22 PMSome of my classes had midterms, some had papers, and some have multi-part exams, so it's not like your grade always rides on one question. One of my finals this semester will have a T/F section and multiple-choice section in addition to the issue spotter. That's good news. I don't like my chances in the courses that are all long answer essays. I'll have to pile up on courses like Accounting For Lawyers, Wills and Trusts, Taxation of Business Entities, etc. By the way, do you know if I'll have a tough time passing the bar if I specialize like crazy in Finance and Tax type courses? I'm guessing that they'd make anything that's super critical a mandatory class.Quote from: big - fat - box on December 02, 2009, 12:02:23 PMYou might want to take a look at some exams for first year courses as well.Good idea. I'm going to do that. Those sound like the toughest ones. I'm almost afraidto look, because those are the ones I see everyone discussing, that have been freaking me out,and that's where I think I'll really get buried - 1L, where the grades are most important.Thanks for all the info guys.
I think you should try to change your perspective on the one exam, long essay format. In many ways, you can make these tests simpler for yourself by adjusting the way you think about the course. I think the biggest difficulty people have on the long, fact-pattern type questions is that you're no longer given the "questions."Whereas when we were younger all the way through college, our teachers would ask the questions, on law school exams, you only get a simple question (which requires you to come up with all the important questions and possible answers that are needed to answer that one question -- kind of confusing).But once you start to think like this, these fact patterns became MUCH easier, your thinking becomes more focused and you are able to write a coherent reply to the exam.My point: don't worry about the one exam, long answer format. Focus on things you can do to make that type of test easy for you.
My legal writing course had a mid-term and two office memos. The rest of my courses varied. Property 1 had a graded mid-term worth 10% of our total grade. The final exam was 68 multiple choice questions on estates and future interests and two essays. In every class, 10-20% of the grade was classroom participation. Civ Pro 1 was three one-hour long essays. We had a non-graded mid-term in that class. In Torts, we had also had a non-graded mid-term. Like Property, the mid-term was a mix of multiple choice questions and two essays. In Torts, however, we had several quizzes throughout the semester that were worth a total of 10% of our grade. The Criminal Law final was four long essays in three hours. That class had no mid-term, but the prof says that he will raise our grade by one level if we participated well in class (i.e., from a C+ to a B-). Next semester, my Contracts prof says that she will give us a group writing assignment worth 25% of our grade in addition to the final exam. So, in my experience, limited as it may be, one grade generally does not make up 100% of our grade, but it does make up at least 70% of it.