SO I am winding down the summer semester and my second year of law school, and have my first final of the summer tonight. Tonight, I spend 3 hours scrambling to write down everything I know about Criminal Procedure, which will inevitably take up approximately 3 blue-books... for those that dont know, a blue book is about 15 pages long. So I will spend 3 hours writing about 45 pages of material.
I ask you... how in the world does this accurately determine my knowledge of law?
Law is all abotu applying legal principles to facts, using all available resources. If it were up to me, all law finals would be take home, and allow about 3 days to complete them. No doubt take home finals are more difficult, but at least we would be judged on our real lawyering skills, not vomiting out everythign I know in a flurry of ink and paper within 3 hours. FIghting off hand cramps and hunger.
Anyway, just my rant... but it seems so silly that in this day and age, we still test people like this. Whether it be out of heritage, or people's lack of ability to try new things, this all adds up to a society of lawyers who have been judged on a cram and slam test taking ability.
and to that... I bid you adue.
wish me luck.