Good contracts exams have this structure

How do you approach contracts exams?

You might know a bit of contracts law.

Maybe you watched The Paper Chase, even.

You might even have taken a practice hypo or two.

That doesn’t mean that you know a strategy on how to impose structure on a contracts fact pattern and provide a coherent answer.

There is a general structure that will help you succeed on any contract issue-spotting problem.

Here is the short version of how to succeed on contracts exams.

Break your thinking down into the three general areas of contract issues: (1) contract formation; (2) contract breach; and (3) damages.

Watch it here:

I offer even more specific tactical advice in my premium course Kick the Crap Out of Law School.

Again, you don’t have to understand what I am saying completely at this point, about contracts exams, or anything else.

Just notice a couple of things about my videos (in comparison to other videos on law school, or even your prof’s lectures):

  • They are bite-sized.  I don’t do videos that are longer than 10 minutes.  You don’t want to watch something longer than 10 minutes.  Many of my videos are shorter than 5 minutes.   Do you want to sit through 40 minutes of talking talking talking?
  • They are visual.  Most of my videos are not pictures of me and my face just talking at your like Big Brother.   I write and and I draw and I scribble because I want you to see with your eyes what I am trying to say and what I am thinking.  I do not just read a script or page through a power point while droning on and on and on and on.  (On the other hand, I could probably use drawing lessons.)
  • They are relentlessly focused on the exam.  Note that my point — even if you still learn a bit of substantive law on the way– is not for me to tell you what contracts law is.  Instead, I am trying to focus you on how to apply contracts law on a contracts law exam.  Surprisingly, this is not what your law professors do, even though your entire grade depends on your ability to do this thing that they don’t tell you how to do.

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