Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Reading student exams is frustrating. They miss issues, discover issues that aren't there, misstate rules, make up rules, ignore facts, misstate facts, invent facts, confuse terms, abuse terms, wander off the topic, vacillate, pontificate, engage in stupefying leaps of illogic, until you sometimes want to scream.
Many Contracts profs make comments on exams as they write, and such comments frequently reflect the impressions of the professor rather than considered advice to the student. Student reactions to such comments (e.g., "patent nonsense," "you cannot ignore the facts," "you are confused") are the subject of discussion today over at the law student blog, Parenthetical Statement. There are a good many comments, some of them from professors.