not citing cases on an exam

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not citing cases on an exam

Postby thuggishruggishbone » Fri May 07, 2010 1:07 pm

I had a closed book exam the other day and could not remember which cases the law came from. I did correctly state the law and apply it to the facts, though. For closed books, do you think I am gonna get docked a lot of points for not citing?

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby mac.empress » Fri May 07, 2010 1:21 pm

thuggishruggishbone wrote:I had a closed book exam the other day and could not remember which cases the law came from. I did correctly state the law and apply it to the facts, though. For closed books, do you think I am gonna get docked a lot of points for not citing?


"In a decided case, the court held that..."

Honestly, it's fine.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby apper123 » Fri May 07, 2010 1:31 pm

in the fall i cited exactly 4 cases on my 3 large essay, issue-spotter exams:

-twombly
-erie
-palzgraf
-pennoyer (lol jk i didnt actually cite pennoyer)

this semester i had conlaw so i obv cited, and i had a professor obsessed with citing cases so i did there too, but for my other 2 classes i never did.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby 270910 » Fri May 07, 2010 2:10 pm

It's rare that you GET points for citing cases, but not unheard of. They can make your life easier in certain subjects, but I'd say your average law prof will not dock points for no cases or add them for citing cases. Your mileage may vary, see local rules and regulations, offer void where prohibited, some exceptions may apply.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby mac.empress » Fri May 07, 2010 2:12 pm

disco_barred wrote:It's rare that you GET points for citing cases, but not unheard of. They can make your life easier in certain subjects, but I'd say your average law prof will not dock points for no cases or add them for citing cases. Your mileage may vary, see local rules and regulations, offer void where prohibited, some exceptions may apply.


Covered your ass, didn't you.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby OperaSoprano » Fri May 07, 2010 2:49 pm

disco_barred wrote:It's rare that you GET points for citing cases, but not unheard of. They can make your life easier in certain subjects, but I'd say your average law prof will not dock points for no cases or add them for citing cases. Your mileage may vary, see local rules and regulations, offer void where prohibited, some exceptions may apply.


This: it varies by professor. My property professor explicitly wants them, so she's going to get them, but it would be a mistake to spend a lot of time summarizing cases. Last semester, I didn't cite a single case in any class and I did fine.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby apper123 » Fri May 07, 2010 2:50 pm

operasoprano is full of new york lies! heretic!

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby OperaSoprano » Fri May 07, 2010 2:56 pm

apper123 wrote:operasoprano is full of new york lies! heretic!


I protest, sir! I was not a victim of forced grades based attrition, and I really never mentioned any cases.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby apper123 » Fri May 07, 2010 2:57 pm

she's not a real law student! she is a bear from east asia!

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby OperaSoprano » Fri May 07, 2010 3:07 pm

apper123 wrote:she's not a real law student! she is a bear from east asia!


No, actually, she is a bear from the San Diego Zoo. The panda just looked up while she was eating, and I took the picture.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby profs<3mycomments » Fri May 07, 2010 3:15 pm

I cited Brown v. Board on my property exam. Lol.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby eth3n » Fri May 07, 2010 4:26 pm

Other than Con Law (for obvious reasons), I practically never cited cases on my exams, and I have never regretted it.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby vanwinkle » Fri May 07, 2010 5:04 pm

This semester I had a professor explicitly say that we would not get points for citing rule numbers or case names. He wants us to explain what the rule is, and if we say "The Smith v. Jones rule applies" without explaining what that is, we get zero points for that. If we know what the rule is and explain it properly, we get points for doing so even without giving the case name. He was pretty explicit about that in class.

While it varies from professor to professor, what most want to see is that you understand the law and can apply it to facts. It's possible to show them that you do without case names.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby Grad_Student » Fri May 07, 2010 5:08 pm

I've only cited cases in Conlaw and Fed. CrimPro.

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

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Re: not citing cases on an exam

Postby Netopalis » Sat May 08, 2010 12:37 am

Agreed. Unless it's Con Law or a class where your professor is oddly obsessed with case names, don't bother.




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