swimmer11 wrote: SportsFan wrote:
swimmer11 wrote:I need help with outlining and handling an 8 page long, single spaced, dense torts hypo.
Does anyone have any tips or strategies? Particularly outlining?
Wow. That's rough. Longest hypo I have for any of my exams is ~3 pages. What I do is just underline every issue I see as I read through. In your situation, I'd write margin notes, and maybe read the very end first so you can see what happened and what you're actually being asked, exactly?
Wow 3 pages. I would die. I try to use the LEEWS method but there are so many parties, and the parties negligent act can start on page 3 and end on page 6 so it makes it a complete clusterfuck. It just leaves me feeling ashamed and violated after each one.
Dude! First things first, get your head screwed on straight. Every person in your class is taking the same exam. You don't need to beat the exam, just your peers. The LEEWS approach is great conceptually but don't drink the coolaide and think its going to work verbatim in all settings. The point is to wrap your head around the hypos situation, as best you can, so you can hit as many issues as possible.
Don't make the mistake of trying to absorb that entire hypo. Take it piece by piece. Also, don't make the mistake of spending too much time outline. On a race-horse hypo like your's the person who spots the most issues wins. No time to waste outlining an answer.
First, read through the hypo, creating a heading for each party in exam soft as they appear and listing the major issues you see. Then go back through the hypo, party-by-party and re-read the fact carefully for that party. Write an answer for that party and then move on. If you realize you've missed something while you are writing about a future party go back and add a secition at the end (e.g. "Note: we may be able to argue negligence per se as well" or "Note: D may try to invoked heeding presumption, we must argue that D wouldn't have had ability to comprehend warning even if provided," etc.).
The point is, the huge hypo could work to your advantage if you go in with a game plan, a positive attitude and attack. Guarantee you will spot more issues, and conduct more analysis than 90% of your peers with this approach.