BruceWayne wrote:As hard as it is to believe (and trust me I'm still having a hard time grasping it) a lot of kids can type that fast and still come up with a well written answer. You really need to learn how to type rapidly before you get to law school. As far as the "it's better to be concise and accurate" thing, there's some truth to that, but here's the reality. Essentially everyone taking the exam will be writing accurate arguments. Consequently, if everyone's writing accurate arguments, but someone is writing less (quantity wise) accurate arguments than someone else, that means they are getting less points. The other thing to keep in mind is that the majority of 1L law exams are variations on the issue spotter style exam. On an issue spotter exam the name of the game is to write accurate well written answers about as many issues as possible.
0L here, but I also really doubt how true it is that one's typing speed is a key ingredient to success. Do the professors really give out exams that people who type at 65 wpm (like myself
) cannot get an A on? I know that exams are curved, but I have a hard time believing that just because I might be slower than average at typing that I will be unable to write an above average exam. Again, I doubt professors would be so dumb to make the exam a speed typing competition.
I think it depends on what you're writing. I type about 65 wpm, and I spend a lot of time reading the prompt and outlining my answer during exams. This meant that all of my exams were shorter than most last semester. However, I apparently did well on all of them. I was talking to one of my profs about my exam the other day, and he said he liked that my essays were all very clear, organized, and had a good amount of analysis. Multiple profs have told me that said that a bunch of people always write several pages that don't earn them any points. It's not that what they write is inaccurate or wrong, it just doesn't help.
I'm not at all saying that writing a lot is a bad thing. I'm just trying to say that writing a shorter exam won't doom you. If you make every word count, are organized, and give each issue the attention it deserves, you can still have one of the top essays in the class.