zot1 wrote:Okay I'm basically like this; know some law, other is not quite on point, good analysis, but sometimes wrong answer. When it comes to grades essays if I missed something on the law I get everything else wrong whether my analysis was correct or not.
It's hard with essays because I can't see a number grade so when I compare my answer with the model answer I don't know if my answer would have made the cut or not. I mean, wouldn't the model answer amount to 100%? It's all just hard to assess.
The boldest part is what I'm not getting. I've gotten the "wrong answer" compared to the model answer, but from what I've been told (and what the Themis essay workshops told us), who gives a shit what your conclusion (a/k/a "answer") was so long as you got the issue, rule, and analysis down. Like, I can understand if you missed an exception to general rule, or missed a particular component, but essays are all about just adding up points, so you should be getting points for what you're hitting, even if you're missing other things.
And wait, you should be getting a numeric grade on all of your graded essays. And I've written essays that hit more than the model answer, so I don't think those are reflective of 100% since my highest grade is an 88% (which, to dispel any fears, I'm ecstatic with and am not complaining about at all). I'd log back in to your graded essays, and hit the review button. You should see hyperlinks for your answer, the "model" answer, comments, and scores. There should also be, on the overall graded essays page, a comparison between your score and the Themis average.
Hope this helps!
ETA: I just realized that I should probably add in the following: I learned after my first essay where I was torpedo'd (got a 45% mainly because I missed some things but also leaped past the basic law) that I cannot, cannot assume anything with respect to law. Start at the very basic and work your way forward. As in: "the UCC governs K's for sale of goods. In a sale of goods K, the UCC requires "perfect tender." Perfect tender means perfectly conforming goods and perfect delivery..." etc etc. That basic. I'm still having trouble on occasion remembering to do this, so when I wrote the Corps essay last week, and discussed a director's duty not to self-deal, my advisor reminded me that I need to write out that a director owes a fiduciary duty of loyalty to the corporation, which I had not included. I don't know if that helps either, but that's what I've been focusing on since that first essay, and have improved dramatically.