HOW TO STUDY FOR AN EXAM FEATURING
HYPOTHETICAL CASES: SOME SUGGESTIONS

Prepared by Dr. Robert J. Beck
Tufts University
Updated:  January 19, 1999


I. THE BASIC PROCESS

In order to answer an exam question in which a hypothetical scenario is presented, one must be able to recognize

  • the particular issues raised by that scenario's fact pattern
  • the rules relevant to the issues raised by the given facts

This means the student must be familiar with the facts and issues posed in previous cases, and the rules applied in those cases.

II. A GENERAL APPROACH TO EXAM PREPARATION

III. MORE SPECIFIC STRATEGIES



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