Thursday, May 05, 2005

Criminal Procedure: Check 

Made it through the Crim Pro exam last night, with 45 minutes to spare of the four hours allotted. Writing, writing, writing, writing. I feel comfortable with my performance on this one. Plus I had a chance to chat with some folks from my Environmental Law class, and it appears that we all felt the same way about that exam.

One of the essays last night was kind of fun. Based on statements made in the opinions in Thornton v. United States, we had to theorize that the court had decided a case in which it changed the bright line rule established in New York v. Belton. We then had to write a dissent to that imagined decision, and by that dissent make clear what rationales were presented in the decision, and present the dissent's arguments to those rationales. It was a nice change from the usual assignment to prepare a memo outlining the potential claims, possible defenses to those claims, and your recommendations to the client, blah, blah, blah.

What's left for this exam period? Take home exam for Law and Ethics of Lawyering, due 5 pm on Tuesday (5/10), and a 4 hour Property exam at 6 pm next Thursday (5/12). I'm hoping to have the Ethics exam completed by Saturday morning, so I can spend the rest of my time getting ready for Property, which promises to be a real bear.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:33 AM