a male human wrote:IME, Kaplan is strict about getting the "right" issues according to its model answer. If you come to a "wrong" conclusion, your grader will take off points.
Yeah this bothers me. One of our lecturers always says take a position and argue it, which conclusion you come to doesn't matter. But kaplan always tells me if they think I came to the wrong conclusion and I'm assuming takes off points for it.
So which is it?
remember: they want you to memorize the law, and see how and why its applicable to the call of the question (enjoin- talk about an injunction)... and there are some graders who will grade your essay and go- wrong issue NO points... then grade your analysis to your issue and give you some points, and then if you happened to get the same conclusion give you points.. but others will go.. I can see how or why you did this, and give you partial points for the law
in the end it all depends on who grades your essay, and how they are feeling at that particular point in time. try not to piss them off with an off colored joke, or make them work extra hard to give you points ( rambling on and on about something, and magically hit a key word) or structure your response in such a way that it is difficult to read.
right now, I personally am happy when my essay grader grades me as If there can only be full points or no points, because 1) its practice, 2) I don't get a false sense of security thinking im getting 80-90% of all the points, and 0nloy to find out in November that only got 55-65% of the points on the essay, because its out of our hands once we've used up all of our time.