As many of you know (if you have read our website), I am an adjunct law professor at two Bay Area law schools. I love teaching, but I must admit grading papers is not my favorite part of teaching.
What Bad Habits Can Impact Your Law School Grades?
Anyway, when I am grading exams, I always have my eyes out for habits law students pick up that can negatively affect their grades.
One of them is using copy and paste.
Why is Copy and Paste a Problem?
Let’s take an example of a question on torts.
How Should You Handle Multiple Parties?
Typically, an exam question that covers negligence doesn’t have just one potentially negligent party, but multiple parties and each needs its own negligence analysis.
- (a) copy and paste the entire negligence analysis from the first part of the question and just edit it for the second part of the question OR
- (b) write the new section completely and use “see above” to reference law previously stated?