Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Criminal Procedure Exam

I am finishing my first year of Law School, and tomorrow at 8:30 I have my final exam, in Criminal Procedure. For those of you who don't know about law school exams, they are probably unlike anything you have ever experienced. They are almost universally open-book exams, but you don't really have time to look at your notes anyway.

The exams usually take from 3 to 4 hours, and consist of five or less questions, each of which is an elaborate hypothetical fact situation. The skills involved in taking law exams are different from other types of exams. First, you have to identify the legal doctrine that is in play. Second, you look back at the extensive facts and decide which are relevant. Third, you have to resolve, in your mind, how the rules of law that you have in your head are applied to the facts on your page. Then you generally prioritize all the issues in descending order of importance, dealing with each in succession.

You can see a sample law exam question here.

1 Comments:

Blogger ryan bradley said...

that's a question? that's ridiculous. or amazing. maybe both.

11:43 AM  

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