Exam Tip - Legal Analysis
Posted April 14th, 2010 by Kimberly K. Ballard
Your analysis is the most important thing that goes into a law school exam, so make sure it is in there! Much of what students write when answering a law school exam is not legal analysis, and has originated in places other than the student’s mind. The issues you will be dissecting were created by your professors and are contained within the examination fact patterns. The same is true of the facts you will be discussing in your answer; they were created by your professor. The law you will be relying on to resolve these issues originated in the cases and statutes you read during the course of the semester. The only part of an essay answer unique to you is your commentary on WHY certain facts lead you to believe that a legal issue should be resolved in a particular way. This commentary is legal analysis, and is the difference between the grades of “C” and “A” on a law school exam.