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★ Almost all law school exams consist of issue spotting essays- sometimes called hypotheticals or hypos for short. An issue spotter is not about regurgitating the law or just regurgitating the facts. Generally, you’re analyzing the facts as a litigator would and it’s all about application. You’re looking for claims and counter claims and defenses and counter defenses that one party can bring against the other or that they can use to protect against the claims of another party. An issue spotting exam is all about the application.

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  1. I'd be amazed if US undergrad exams is mostly about regurgitating information. At my (Danish) university, it's mostly about applying research and knowledge. A 6 hour exam will give you 10 pages or so, 2 of which might be about the theory and facts, then 8 pages about analyzing and using that knowledge.

  2. I really like your videos and was happy to see you did videos on how to succeed in law school as well. Unfortunate to see that you're just another online persona trying to sell your $800 "learn everything course."
    Honestly thought you'd be the type of person to provide free content for your viewers, even if it was just a "free checklist."

  3. I’ll be applying in September for 2021. I will ONLY go if 1) I get in, and 2) I’m offered at least a 90% full tuition scholarship. I absolutely cannot see ANY justification for attending law school at or near sticker price because the anger I would feel being graded on a curve (especially when I know I did well), and the fact that only ONE exam decides your grade, would blow my mind. You also can’t get a professor to change grades if they’re wrong because of grade changing policies. How crazy is that? No way in hell would I be able to tolerate any of that if I have to take out loans, sorry folks. This is just brutal common sense talking here. Why would I allow only one exam for a course determine my final grade for a whopping 70k? You feel me? Ok, good.

  4. I have no intention of ever joining a law school. I watch these videos because any learning and focusing/study technique that helps you survive law school of all things, it probably works in other places too.

  5. I think one helpful thing to be mindful of is that there is rarely one correct way to apply the law. Usually in these issue spotting exams you are being asked to step into the shoes of litigator. You need to know the law and explain how it applies to the case. You can make an argument that your professor may disagree with. But be aware of what the counterargument is and mention it. The idea is that you should be making a sound legal argument that could plausibly hold up in court- even if a judge or jury may ultimately rule against you.

  6. Hi. Unfortunately, many law professors in Spain — perhaps in the US, as well — phone it in, so we are not taught how to approach an issue spotting exam-styled assessment. We are tested in three parts: 1) a section on basic knowledge of the law, usually multiple choice and usually not easy; 2) a section on our understanding of theory, consisting of succinct explanations of various legal concepts; and 3) a section on our ability to apply our knowledge of the law and legal concepts (not necessarily from sections 1 and 2), consisting of a case and our proposed resolution of the case. I have recently heard of the IRAC method used by law students in the US. While I have, on my own, figured out some way of answering these sections, I think a structured and repeatable approach to answering would be beneficial. What are your views on IRAC? Are there other, perhaps better, ways to approach these questions? Is the answer to this question proprietary? 😉

  7. well it is something immutable, it's a question of high verbal IQ which if it is anything like regular IQ is a genetic trait and no amount of learning will make one improve. in short school isnt for everyone and thats okay the world needs carpenters and cooks too

  8. There are definetly some similarities comparing the US tests (how you described) to the German tests. Thank you for the POV of an American Law student, very interesting for a German Law student. Especially for me, as I am considering to study Law in the US after I finish my Exams in Germany.
    Again, thank you very much for your effort! Really informative channel.

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