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People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby jjlaw » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:57 am

What's the general consensus on these people? Legal eagles, or below median? I'm torn.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby DCDuck » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:59 am

Tends to be both. You can't tell.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby AlexanderSupertramp » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:59 am

I finished my property exam an hour early. No grade yet. It's killing me because I am so scared I missed something but I honestly spent that entire hour trying to pulsomething out and just could not do it. Hopefully I am just awesome at Property and I didn't miss anything!

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby Rocketman11 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 10:59 am

I finished a 3 hour exam in 45 minutes.

Also, I got an F on it. But A- in the class.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby Guchster » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:01 am

Rocketman11 wrote:I finished a 3 hour exam in 45 minutes.

Also, I got an F on it. But A- in the class.



Hmm... your icon is iconic. I must create something that is worthy to bask in its epicness.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby jjlaw » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:02 am

Rocketman11 wrote:I finished a 3 hour exam in 45 minutes.

Also, I got an F on it. But A- in the class.


Was it not a final exam?

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby Rocketman11 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:03 am

jjlaw wrote:
Rocketman11 wrote:I finished a 3 hour exam in 45 minutes.

Also, I got an F on it. But A- in the class.


Was it not a final exam?


Midterm

Also, master's class not law school

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby jjlaw » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:03 am

DCDuck wrote:Tends to be both. You can't tell.


I understand if people finish early if the bulk of the exam is MC, but what about exams with all issue spotter essays? Especially for a complex subject matter like CivPro?

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby chihuahua12 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:17 am

My civpro exam was 4 hours - 2 issue spotters, 1 policy question and 1 question surveying a topic in civpro. I would say about 10% of the class finished by the time I finished at about the 3 hour mark. The questions were really straightforward, even the policy question was super easy. I could see how people might get stuck on the survey question, but overall I think if you prepared well you didn't need the full 4 hours....idn. Guess I'll see when the grades come out.

*I should've added that we didn't cover a lot of different areas during the semester, so I guess I didn't find it hard to exhaust all the issues :/
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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby Ludo! » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:25 am

On a standard issue spotter I couldn't imagine ever finishing early. Those exams are designed to have too many issues to cover in three hours. But if its not a traditional issue spotter then I'm sure its fine. Especially if everyone else is finishing early. I don't think i would ever leave the room early though. You could always spend the extra time editing

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby ben4847 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:29 am

I have finished every law school exam I have taken with at least 30 minutes left. But I never left early. I go back, and fix things, and think about things I hadn't thought about so much, and add points.
I could just do it slower, but this is how I like to do it. I like being able to not have the pressure of trying to answer a question with only few minutes left.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby quiver » Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:08 pm

Probably depends. In my 3 semesters of law school I have yet to finish more than like 5-10 minutes early, usually I have no time left. Worked out well last year.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby shoeshine » Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:10 pm

There is a guy who hand writes and finishes in about half the allotted time in my section. He really confuses me.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby thesealocust » Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:24 pm

Rocketman11 wrote:I finished a 3 hour exam in 45 minutes.

Also, I got an F on it. But A- in the class.


I did a double take when I saw you in the law student forum, and a triple double take when I saw you posted about school. Then I realized you were an imposter.

IMPOSTER!

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby Grizz » Mon Dec 19, 2011 3:33 pm

Some exams are too easy, everyone finishes early, and the curve is a mess.

I will say, if you're the only one who finished early, you're probably missing something.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby jjlaw » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:07 pm

Grizz wrote:the curve is a mess.


When grades come out for a particular exam/class, do they tell you what the curve is? (e.g. 85 = B, 90 = A-)

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby crEEp » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:25 pm

jjlaw wrote:What's the general consensus on these people? Legal eagles, or below median? I'm torn.


That happened in a few of my exams this semester. On a typical issue spotter, someone "less than brilliant" left an hour early; this person was the only person to leave early. Everyone else wrote until the last possible second. I guess sometimes you just need to cut your losses and let the Titanic sink.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby MrKappus » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:28 pm

With the way 95% of law school exams are graded, where professors do not subtract points and only add them up, it is idiotic to finish early by more than a few minutes. Every single policy argument or tiny, insignificant issue could be another check mark in the margin, and it is humanly impossible to run out of those in 4 hours.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby Grizz » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:30 pm

jjlaw wrote:
Grizz wrote:the curve is a mess.


When grades come out for a particular exam/class, do they tell you what the curve is? (e.g. 85 = B, 90 = A-)

Depends on your school

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby acrossthelake » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:33 pm

I had a couple 8-hour takehome exams, some with very limited word limits (2000-4000 range) and straightforward issue-spotting. I spend the first 3-4 hours hammering out a rough draft that usually runs over limit, then spend the next 4-5 hours cutting, editing, and taking multiple breaks and eating lunch. Some people just turned the exams in early. Doubtful that it'll hurt them much, but I can't bear to turn it in more than 10 mins before it's due for law school exams (in undergrad I was often one of the first handful done, and usually got As, in comparison).

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby memo2partner » Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:51 pm

If it's all multiple choice, I can see finishing early and still getting a good grade (although, i'd use that extra hour to double check my answers). If the exam is essay, finishing an hour early is a recipe for disaster. Even if you spot all the issues, you can always refine your answers to separate yourself from the other students (e.g. clarify circuit splits, if something was dicta, distinguish cases, etc.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby Cupidity » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:00 pm

It is inadvisable to ever finish an issue spotter early, because it is always possible to earn more points by talking about interplay, obscure points, or policy. However, when it comes to word-limited exams and multiple choice exams, there was a dude in our section that would finish them in half time and made out just under top 10

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby keg411 » Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:27 pm

Grizz wrote:Some exams are too easy, everyone finishes early, and the curve is a mess.

I will say, if you're the only one who finished early, you're probably missing something.


Eh, I always finish early and I've done well so far. Although I usually go back and check my work as many times as possible afterwards because I've missed something or changed something before. The only exam I ran anywhere close to up against the clock on was my worst exam.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby Pretzel_Logic » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:04 pm

keg411 wrote:
Grizz wrote:Some exams are too easy, everyone finishes early, and the curve is a mess.

I will say, if you're the only one who finished early, you're probably missing something.


Eh, I always finish early and I've done well so far. Although I usually go back and check my work as many times as possible afterwards because I've missed something or changed something before. The only exam I ran anywhere close to up against the clock on was my worst exam.


Same. I either know it or I don't and sitting there pretending to work for another 30, 40, 45 minutes...is the most annoying thing ever. I don't outline before I start typing though, so I have a jump start on just about everyone on virtually every test. There are times I've left exams after about 5 edits per question and I have absolutely no idea what the hell everyone else is still doing, and I get pretty good grades back, so who knows.

I've always worked quickly on tests, though, and I'm a fast reader/typist. That helps a lot. Not being verbose helps too, especially on exams with word limits.

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Re: People who finish exams 1hr early

Postby MrPapagiorgio » Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:08 pm

MrKappus wrote:With the way 95% of law school exams are graded, where professors do not subtract points and only add them up, it is idiotic to finish early by more than a few minutes. Every single policy argument or tiny, insignificant issue could be another check mark in the margin, and it is humanly impossible to run out of those in 4 hours.

My K's professor subtracts points. :cry:




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