How to do well in crim?

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perfunctory

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How to do well in crim?

Postby perfunctory » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:17 pm

Any tips for doing well in crim? Dressler helped a lot. But do you guys have any tips for spotting and analyzing issues? For example, if a question asks for defenses to a crime, I realized that I should try to negate the actus reus and mens rea and then move on to see if there are any justification/excuse defenses.

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Re: How to do well in crim?

Postby HonestAdvice » Sat Dec 10, 2016 8:48 pm

You should read the exemptions and waivers on your own.

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Re: How to do well in crim?

Postby dabigchina » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:47 pm

you're good to go. crim is very very mechanical but any argument is basically fair game.

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Re: How to do well in crim?

Postby Eldon Tyrell » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:17 am

You do well in crim the same way you do well in all of your classes: apply law to facts better than your peers. It's an illusion to think classes are any different.

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Re: How to do well in crim?

Postby zot1 » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:24 am

Study.

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Re: How to do well in crim?

Postby UVA2B » Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:35 am

zot1 wrote:Study.


Caveat: study for your professor. It seems particularly important to tailor your answers to the prof. If s/he loves discussion of MPC/common law distinction, run that route. If s/he pays particular attention to certain topics, take heed.

When you're done, realize you exercised minimal control over your grade and you probably would've ended up with the grade you received.

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Re: How to do well in crim?

Postby HonestAdvice » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:20 pm

Don't overhype the distinction b/w act and mental state. It sounds fancy, but are really just elements of the crime.

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Re: How to do well in crim?

Postby Nonconsecutive » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:21 pm

Don't get caught.



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