cuntlaw1(2) - Constitutional Law I Exam Review Tips and...

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I. General Tips 1. The final exam in this course will be a three-hour, closed-book exam that will consist of three essays. Each essay will draw on more than one of the five subject units in our course (judicial power, executive power, congressional power, economic liberties, and equal protection). There will be no multiple choice questions, so don’t bother studying flash cards. 2. The best way to prepare for this exam is by focusing on the following resources and strategies: a. Compile a comprehensive outline drawing on the assigned readings from the text, class notes, e-mailed materials from me, and the Chemerinsky hornbook (see the suggested page references below). b. Compile a series of “flowcharts” that include the applicable test(s), considerations, and leading cases for each major legal doctrine (e.g. “flesh out” the flowcharts that I circulated on the Commerce Clause and Dormant Commerce Clause and develop additional flowcharts for other topics in the course) c. Review the sample essay questions and answers that I have circulated throughout the semester (standing, executive power, Commerce Clause, dormant Commerce Clause, Commerce Clause and Takings, and Equal Protection). I will circulate sample answers to the last two essays by early next week ). Try to prepare responses to all of the questions within the suggested time limits. d. DO NOT waste time consulting outside review sources. Commercial review sources and outlines prepared by students from other Con Law courses will not help you excel on this exam. In fact, such materials could actually detract from the need to focus on what’s relevant for this exam. Last semester on the Torts exam, several students cited doctrines that we didn’t even discuss in class, which made it clear to me that you weren’t preparing properly for that exam. Don’t make the same mistake twice. e. Focus on topics and cases that I have emphasized in class. I am not trying to trick you with the essay questions and I’m not trying to test your “Sherlock Holmes” issue spotting skills. The focus of my evaluation will be on well you can you describe and apply the relevant law on issues that shouldn’t be too difficult to spot. Effective IRAC organization and clear writing will be rewarded with extra credit points. Strive to use paragraphing and headings for enhanced clarity. Please spare me the page-long paragraphs! 3. The Supplement to the course text is an important resource. Several of the recent cases assigned in this course are valuable for application on the exam for two reasons: first, they represent the current state of the law; and second, they often provide a good summary of how the law has evolved. 4.
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