You cannot perform legal analysis without discussing the facts. There are few absolutes in law school, but including the facts in your answer to essay questions is one of them. Remember, most law school essay questions are written in the form of a lengthy fact pattern or story. The facts within these stories create the issues that you must discuss. Almost every fact in these stories must be reproduced and discussed in your examination answer. While it is true that your professors will know the facts in the problem, they do not know whether you understand which facts are relevant to resolving each issue. Including the facts in your answer does not guarantee success on your law school exams, but excluding the facts guarantees that you will perform below your capabilities.
To ensure that the facts are making their way into your essay answers, place a line through each fact as you use it. Do not cross the fact out so that it becomes illegible, however, because a single fact may be relevant to more than one issue. After you finish your essay answer, look back at the fact pattern. If there are facts left over, one of three things has occurred: (1) the facts are truly irrelevant and do not need to be discussed (unlikely!); (2) the facts are relevant to an issue or issues that you have already discussed; or (3) the facts are relevant to an issue that you have not addressed at all.
(Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.)
Students, if you are interested in meeting with me during finals or the week of December 12th, please check with me or send me an e-mail at: email@example.com
Since I don’t know what times are convenient during finals, I did not list specific times.
Get your resume and cover letter reviewed so that you don't have to worry about it when applying for jobs in the Spring.
I can meet for appointments Monday-Friday from 10:30 – 3:30.
The Jefferson County Attorney's Office is seeking 1L or 2L law students to conduct legal research in both Criminal and Civil areas of the office.
Responsibilities include: preparing pleadings, jury instructions, discovery and various other legal memoranda and court documents as requested by prosecutors and civil attorneys in the County Attorney's Office; responding to various requests for legal research; file documents with the courts; perform other tasks as needed to assist attorneys; deliver interdepartmental mail and assist in hand-deliveries; maintain law library.
Salary and benefits include:
$10.50/hr. first 6 months probationary period
$11.00/hr after probation is successfully completed
$12.00/hr after one year of service
Partial tuition assistance
Vacation, sick, personal time and holiday pay based upon work schedule
Submit resume by December 16th to: Debbie Hamm, H.R. Specialist, Hall of Justice, 600 W. Jefferson St., Suite 2086, Louisville, KY 40202.
This holiday season be an Angel! You have probably noticed the large Angel tree in the Law Library for the Salvation Army, sponsored by the Sports Entertainment Law Society.
Heres some info:
- You can pick one or more angels, sign it/them out and grab the corresponding blue bag.
- The Salvation Army asks for a minimum donation of one outfit/coat and one toy per angel, but feel free to do more.
- Do not wrap gifts, just put them in the bag for the angel.
- All bags must be returned to the Angel tree no later than December 9.
A special thank you is in order for the judges who graciously volunteered their time and experience to judge the semi-finalists and finalists. Circuit Court Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton, Chief Regional District Judge Sean R. Delahanty, and District Judge Katie King formed the panel that selected the two competitors that advanced to the final round. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), United States Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, District Judge Ann Bailey Smith (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), and Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Thomas B. Wine formed the panel that selected Thomas Stevens as this year's Champion.
Thank you also to the twenty-four local attorneys from Kentucky and Indiana who volunteered their time and experience to judge the three prelimary rounds on Saturday, October 22nd. These local attorneys narrowed the field from sixteen competitors to the four semi-finalists.