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Thursday, December 04, 2008

'tis the season

a treasure trove of issues

bluebooks christened with flop sweat

1Ls under stress

The exam season is underway.  A couple of days ago, I basked in the joy of giving my 1Ls their very first law school exam and am looking forward to reading my bluebooks.  Being first has its perks.  Chief among the advantages are bright-eyed, bushy-tailed students.  I've been on the tail end of the 1L exam line-up several times in years past with mixed results.  Grading bluebooks written by emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted students is ... well, exhausting.  You know how when you see someone yawn, you yawn, too?

For those of you taking exams, may you stay merry and bright.  For those of you grading exams, may your bluebooks be a beautiful sight. 

Posted by Susan Kuo on December 4, 2008 at 10:33 PM | Permalink


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True, haikus are traditionally 5-7-5 'on', but 7-7-5 'on' is accepted by many. For some reason, my haikus stray toward the 7-7-5 'on' format. But getting rid of 'treasure' would satisfy the sticklers. Great suggestion -- thanks!

Posted by: Susan Kuo | Dec 10, 2008 1:44:54 AM

Agreed with the bluebook characterization.

But haiku? Strict form:
Five, seven, five! First line--long.
Perhaps strike 'treasure'?

Posted by: Aaron Munter | Dec 9, 2008 8:47:38 PM

I think that most of us here at SC allow students to choose whether to handwrite or type using their laptops. I let students choose, but tend to refer to all exam responses as bluebooks -- habit, I guess. Plus, I needed two syllables for my haiku :).

Posted by: Susan Kuo | Dec 5, 2008 3:22:25 PM

Your school really makes students write out answers in bluebooks? We did that in college, but I can't imagine what that would produce on a law exam.

Posted by: Jay | Dec 5, 2008 11:41:32 AM

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