If you remember nothing else, remember this! There is — I kid you not — one single word that can radically transform your law school grades for the better.
What is it?
Almost Every One of You Will Be “Too Conclusory”
Almost without exception, every law student is too conclusory on exams.
Here’s the easiest way to avoid that problem: Just add “because” and keep writing.
The Court is likely to find Mr. Smith guilty of felony murder.
The Court is likely to find Mr. Smith guilty of felony murder, because the death of a firefighter (even a negligent firefighter) is a reasonably foreseeable consequence of setting a fire.
Which of those answers is more convincing? I hope you picked the second one!
Look for the “Why?”
Answers like the first (which I see ALL the time) leaving me screaming “Why?” If you can train yourself to have the same reaction to your own writing, you’ll be well on your way to conquering the “too conclusory” demon.
- Just remember — if you draw a conclusion, ask yourself why that’s the case. Then write “because” and the reason.
Instant GPA boost! And only one word to remember.
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