Partial Points?

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jmdogg88
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Partial Points?

Postby jmdogg88 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:16 pm

Brain temporarily crashed on K exam, intuited my way through application of frustration of purpose but didn't label it as such (didn't mislabel it, either; only used nameless reasoning), appears I somehow answered it correctly. Any chance I earn partial points, or do professors generally not award points unless the proper legal principle is named?

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Bildungsroman
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Re: Partial Points?

Postby Bildungsroman » Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:29 pm

jmdogg88 wrote:Brain temporarily crashed on K exam, intuited my way through application of frustration of purpose but didn't label it as such (didn't mislabel it, either; only used nameless reasoning), appears I somehow answered it correctly. Any chance I earn partial points, or do professors generally not award points unless the proper legal principle is named?

Really depends on the professor and on he specifics of what you said. Hopefully your professor will reward the analysis despite your not naming the principle, but profs can also be sticklers for naming particular principles, identifying specific cases, etc. Nothing you can do about it now, so don't expend more energy trying to figure out how this will be treated.

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Re: Partial Points?

Postby arklaw13 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 6:35 pm

jmdogg88 wrote:Brain temporarily crashed on K exam, intuited my way through application of frustration of purpose but didn't label it as such (didn't mislabel it, either; only used nameless reasoning), appears I somehow answered it correctly. Any chance I earn partial points, or do professors generally not award points unless the proper legal principle is named?


Depends entirely on the professor. My profs who gave word-limited exams said there was no need to label/name stuff. But if there isn't a word limit, I would err on the side of including it. That said, I doubt they'll count off if your analysis was good.

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Re: Partial Points?

Postby thesealocust » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:06 pm

jmdogg88 wrote:Brain temporarily crashed on K exam, intuited my way through application of frustration of purpose but didn't label it as such (didn't mislabel it, either; only used nameless reasoning), appears I somehow answered it correctly. Any chance I earn partial points, or do professors generally not award points unless the proper legal principle is named?


wat? You don't get any points for naming the damn principal and you might get, like, one for spotting the issue.

All of the points come from making compelling legal arguments based on the facts presented.

Two different "correct" answers could get wildly different scores for that reason. Law school exams, at least 1L year, don't really have right and wrong answers.

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Re: Partial Points?

Postby jmdogg88 » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:20 pm

Thanks, guys. I figured at least some points would be awarded. My professor has been known to brag about how low the overall average is on his exam, though. Whatever, it's over. Feeling 160, but some booze should pull me up to 165.




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