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Thursday, January 7, 2010

9 - Law School Essay Exams – Multiple Parties

LAW SCHOOL ESSAY EXAMS – MULTIPLE PARTIES


Here are some helpful hints for essays when you have a fact situation with multiple parties -- that is more than one P and/or more than one D.

Unless the call of the question tells you to handle it differently:

In a contracts exam where you have P#1 (Plaintiff #1), P#2 vs. D#1(Defendant #1), D#2, it is best to handle it as follows:

     1. All claims regarding P#1 v. D#1
     2. All claims regarding P#1 v. D#2

     3. All claims regarding P#2 v. D#1
     4. All claims regarding P#2 v. D#2

In a torts exam where you have P#1 (Plaintiff #1), P#2 vs. D#1(Defendant #1), D#2, it is best to handle it as follows:

     1. P#1 v. D#1 for negligence
     2. P#1 v. D#2 for false imprisonment
     3. P#1 v. D#2 for negligence

     4. P#2 v. D#1 for negligence
     5. P#2 v. D#2 for false imprisonment
     6. P#2 v. D#2 for negligence

In a criminal law essay where there is more than one D, it is best to handle it as follows:

     1.  All Crimes regarding State v. D#1
     2.  All Crimes regarding State v. D#2

For example:

     1. State v. D#1 for murder
     2. State v. D#1 for robbery

     3. State v. D#2 for murder
     4. State v. D#2 for larceny

Don’t obsess over this. The point is to separate out each cause of action or claim and don't mix them together, like P#1 vs. D#1 and D#2 for negligence. Deal with each party and each claim/cause of action separately.

I hope this is helpful.

Professor Doug Holden
© 2009 Douglas S. Holden. All Rights Reserved.


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