bruss wrote:Also I believe that variable is writing ability. if one were to control that then I'm pretty sure that we would all come to the conclusion that if someone study's harder and smarter than others, that person will receive a better grade.
In my experience, writing ability has almost no correlation. I mean, my writing ability doesn't change from exam to exam, but my grades are all over the map.
I almost dropped out of my law journal because I really, really didn't want to write my note -- it was just such a frustrating experience. But I got a one-week extension and pretty much wrote 30 pages in 3 days, and it turns out it's getting published. I got an "A" on my midterm paper for one class, where the professor went out of his way to say I write very well -- but ended up getting below median on the exam after knowing the material cold. And in general, my grades are mediocre.
Most people on this board go to a school where 80-90% of the class is smart enough to understand the logic of the BLL and how it applies to facts. And even if you don't understand it, you just buy a commercial outline or an E&E and it's pretty much spelled out for you. The thing that differentiates people on exams is 1) ability to relax, focus, and be yourself during a extremely pressured time crunch, 2) having a good outline that is short yet thorough, and 3) typing speed -- which only helps with the time crunch aspect, but again, if you're typing about stuff that everyone understands already, it can only help to say more about it as long as you can stay somewhat relevant. I've seen model answers from past exams that had horrible, terrible writing -- run-on sentences, typos, misspelled words, bad grammar, etc. As long as the professor can figure out what you mean, you will probably get points.
I took Ritalin in high school to motivate me to do my calculus and advanced physics homework, and I have to admit that it worked. But that stuff was way harder than anything you learn in law school, and there was no "commercial outlines" that you could just buy and have your work done for you. Plus, good grades on law exams are about being a little bit relaxed and creative -- not about being extremely focused and disciplined. I just can't see how uppers would help, but to each his own.