May 06, 2004
by Nick Morgan
May 6, 2004 08:33 PM
A few people have expressed curiosity about Professor Volokh's exams. I share that curiosity, having just completed one, finding myself none the wiser about their mechanics. Suffice it to say that Volokh's background in computer science and mathematics shows in the logical precision he expects (in class and on the exam). That the exam didn't seem intensely challenging to me must certainly be a bad sign, considering how thoroughly booby trapped his previous exams are (I know because answers to them are available). I must say, though, that I enjoyed the "big" question, which was to write a policy-based dissent to Hustler v. Falwell.
Anyway, 2L is done for me. Thanks for tolerating this brainless post--I should be back to normal blogging soon.
Having taken it myself, I think he's going to have a hard time curving it. The short answers didn't leave very much room for argument.
Watch out Blachman, he's coming to your school next semester.
I don't want to scare you, but I actually earned my lowest grade in law school on Prof. Volokh's exam in Spring 2003. At the time, I thought it was somewhat of a softball too. Then I started to unpack its intricacies (of course, after I had turned in my answer), and I eventually realized it was a very difficult exam indeed. Of course, there's nothing that can be done now. And as long as you enjoyed the course and learned something, you shouldn't care what the grade is. (At least, that's how I rationalize it now.)
Regardless, congratulations on finishing your second year. Now you get to fight through the third year, which can be one big monastic exercise in boredom.