Thursday, December 10, 2009

Exam Time Query: What Makes a Good Law School Exam Answer?

This week, the Wall Street Journal's Law Blog took on the question that's on everyone's mind this time of year:  what makes a good law school exam answer?  The WSJ Law Blog asked seven law school professors to fill in the blank in this statement:  "A good law exam answer is _________."  Here are the responses:

Professor Heather Gerken (Yale):  "A good law exam answer is evaluative."
Professor Richard Friedman (Michigan):  "A good law exam answer answers the question."
Professor Eric Chiappinelli (Creighton):  "A good law exam answer is one that does more than tells me what the law is (more or less well) and applies the law to the facts (more or less well) and then stops."
Professor Paul Secunda (Marquette):  "A good law exam answer gets to maybe."
Professor Adam Winkler (UCLA):  "A good law exam answer is rigorous and deep."
Professor Tim Wu (Columbia):  "A good law exam answer is honest and perceptive."
Professor Pamela Karlan (Stanford):  "A good law exam answer is like a poem."

In addition, each professor provided a brief elaboration about what, in his or her opinion, makes a good exam answer.  

~clf

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