SPRING 2015 FINAL EXAM Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Bundle of Sticks

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  • SPRING 2015 FINAL EXAM Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Bundle of Sticks
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  • ORDER OF PROCEEDING Logistics & Exam Structure Exam Technique Generally QI: Lawyering QII: Short Problems QIII: Opinion/Dissent QIV: Issue-Spotter Questions from You Exam Technique & Logistics Substantive
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  • Logistics & Exam Structure
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  • General Logistics Ill post on Course Page Tonight: these slides link to PodCast Remaining Office Hours Tomorrow 1-6 Sunday10-1, 2-6 I will respond to E-mail Qs (within reason) sent before 6pm Sunday
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  • General Logistics Remaining Feedback 2d Redwood, Yellowstone, Biscayne Critiques Sample Exam Answers: Rev. Prob. 5E When Ready, Ill Send E-Mails & Post on Course Page Retrieve from me During Office Hours
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  • Exam Coverage Each chapter (except 4) Tested in 2 Qs/problems For purposes of counting to 2 Qs: Treat E-by-P as Part of Adverse Possession (ch. 5) See Info Memos on each chapter for coverage details Test cant cover every issue in the course Major issues on test should be familiar from review problems and DQs discussed in class One Harry Potter book and multiple Harry Potter references in every question/problem.
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  • Exam Coverage: Statutes On Q1 (Lawyering Question) Often Sensible to Check if Relevant Statutes Address Issues, but None Specifically Provided
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  • Exam Coverage: Statutes Need to use specific statutes in Q2D and Q4Need to use specific statutes in Q2D and Q4 Statutes Provided: On same page as Q2D On pages immediately following Q4; tear off to use All Provisions Directly from Course Materials, Slightly Edited to Remove Some Language Not Relevant to Exam Qs to Clarify or to Fit Problem (e.g., length of AP SoL) See Info Memos on Chapters 1, 3, 5 for Lists of Statutes that Might Appear.
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  • Exam Coverage: Statutes Need to use specific statutes in Q2D and Q4Need to use specific statutes in Q2D and Q4 Must recognize relationship between statutes & common law, which varies. Mutually Exclusive: FL MW Statutes v. ShackMutually Exclusive: FL MW Statutes v. Shack Overlapping: NY Adv. Possession Statutes & CasesOverlapping: NY Adv. Possession Statutes & Cases Must recognize where statutes are clear and where they are ambiguous. Must be able to apply statutory language correctly. Ask Qs if unsure
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  • Exam Instructions Instructions page of exam available on Course Page to read in advance Important Instruction for students doing exam on computers: Between each Question, put in a hard page break (hit Control + Enter), so that each question begins at top of a new page. Saves Tina Sutton much time and stress!!! No need to do this between Problems if you do Question II
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  • Structure of Exam Choose three of four equally weighted Qs Four hours One hour to read Qs, take notes, outline (no computers or bluebooks) Three hours to write answers (One hour per Q) Stick to allotted times (as if your best friend will be harmed if you go over time) Closed book with syllabus attached. Copy of Syllabus on Course Page to practice with.
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  • Using Your Reading Period 1st 15 Minutes Read test Hyperventilate Choose which Qs to write & in what order Next 45 Minutes (Id Recommend) Use about 15 minutes on each Q Read it again carefully List major points youd like to discuss Choose order to make rough outline Do last in reading period Q you want to write first
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  • Starting to Write New Suggestion for Students Typing Exam to Maximize Benefit of Reading Period to Help Organize Your Answer Might make first step for each Q to type in a sequence of headings & subheadings Makes Organization Clear to Me & to You Reminder of What You Want to Cover Places to Stash Ideas Arising While You Work
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  • Qs on Structure or Logistics?
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  • Exam Technique: Generally
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  • My Exam Techniques Lectures Available on Academic Achievement Website & Slides on Course Page Some Repetition Here, But Focused on Problems Commonly Arising on Old Exams & Submitted Sample Qs
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  • Exam Technique: Generally (1) Testing Ability to Use Tools, Not Knowledge of Them Dont Simply Recite Legal Tests; Apply Them (as Soon as You Mention Them) Helpful to Include Reference to Relevant Authority Show All Work Wizard of Oz (Because, Because, Because)
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  • Exam Technique: Generally (1)Testing Ability to Use Tools, Not Knowledge of Them Might think of each case and each chapter as a box of different kinds of tools Dont try to generalize in advance about which of the tools youll use. E.g., Should I lay out the facts of cases I am citing? = Is a screwdriver a good tool to fix things? (Depends) Is a wire whisk a good tool for cooking? (Depends) Choose tools based on the particular task and the particular materials I give you.
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  • Exam Technique: Generally (2) Draft, Not Final Product No need for formal introductions & conclusions Can use abbreviations (names; recurring phrases) Can use telegraph English Can use headings to replace topic sentences& transitions Can use bulleted lists (e.g., of evidence supporting one side of an argument) I know you like
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  • Exam Technique: Generally (3) Be Concise. Regarding the recurring problem of wordiness, almost all of the twenty-five otherwise diligent and competent students who took the time to submit a practice exam answer pursuant to the rules posted on the course page for doing so thoroughly demonstrated the fact that that they had a tendency to that problem as well as showing redundancy and continued difficulties writing in a concise, brief and to the point way.
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  • Exam Technique: Generally (4) Best Prep is Old Exam Qs Do under exam conditions (esp. Q1/Q3) Review in groups if possible Read my comments (even if no time to do a particular Q) Use model answers to see organization/style I like to see some possible ways to analyze neither complete nor perfect
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  • Exam Technique: Generally (5) Reality TV Challenges Use Pre-Selected Components to Complete Assignment in Unrealistic Time Frame Dont Try to Make Easier Than They Are Do the Challenge Specific Task Given Specific Ingredients Given Time Frame Given If you are well-prepared, youll do fine
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  • Exam Technique: Question I Lawyering (Order of the Phoenix)
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  • Discuss the factual and legal research you would need to do to advise the [CLIENT] regarding the three concerns (labelled a, b, and c) described below. The three concerns will be weighted roughly equally, so allot your time accordingly.
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  • Assume Felixs preliminary legal research is correct. Discuss the factual and legal research you would need to do to advise the [CLIENT] regarding the three concerns (labelled a, b, and c) described below. Assume Felixs preliminary legal research is correct. The three concerns will be weighted roughly equally, so allot your time accordingly.
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  • Question I: TASK To Do List (to advise client) Not arguments re result (Q v. R) Make clear why things matter through structure of answer OR with brief explanation Note what client has asked you Stick to legal topics raised by requests Not looking to you for business advice
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  • Question I ORGANIZATION/FORMAT All law/all fact often unsuccessful Can organize by major topics (use headings and subheadings) Can use paragraphs or outline form or bullets (drawbacks to each) Look at Old Models for Ideas
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  • Question I Issues with Multiple Rules Check which rule applies in your state Then: If state uses rule X, check [relevant facts]. If state uses rule Y Cross-reference if overlap (fact research for materiality same as above)
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  • Question I Factual Research Looking for specifics, not simply reformulating legal tests as Qs Indicate how you would locate facts (interviews, records, ask client) If not obvious from context, briefly explain why the facts matter
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  • Question I Practical Research Where relevant, ask re client priorities or interest in settlement Can investigate whether compromise solutions are possible Can investigate whether other parties might want to settle
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  • Question I Preparing Be aware of issues with multiple rules Think about evidence necessary to prove claims Look at old comments/models & write- ups of lawyering review problems Do at least one under exam conditions
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  • Questions on Question I?
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  • EXAM TECHNIQUE: QUESTION II: Short (as House-Elves) Problems 2A: Philosophers Stone 2D: Deathly Hallows 2C: Chamber of Secrets 2B: Prisoner of Azkaban
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  • Question II Four Problems; Choose any Three Three are topics youve seen in short problems One is new topic for short problem but involves application of legal standards weve worked with in other forms One requires application of statute Can do in any order, but mark clearly 20 Minutes Each: Stick to Time!!!