The Document Package Exam as a Teaching Tool

The Law Teacher, p. 4, Fall 2003

2 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2011 Last revised: 31 Dec 2012

Eric J. Gouvin

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: December 14, 2011

Abstract

This Article discusses an exam technique that uses realistic hypothetical corporations to test on course material. These fact scenarios are more enjoyable for the students to complete than traditional exams. In addition, the technique helps the Author achieve important pedagogical goals. Students are given a document package composed of corporate articles of incorporation, bylaws, SEC filings, a Standard & Poors Company report, financial statements, and a trust indenture, for example. They have a few weeks before the end of the term to digest the material. They understand that in order to answer the take-home exam questions completely they will have to master the documents. This Article discusses the pros and cons of this testing method.

Keywords: law school exams, document package exams, legal education

Suggested Citation

Gouvin, Eric J., The Document Package Exam as a Teaching Tool (December 14, 2011). The Law Teacher, p. 4, Fall 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1972215

Eric Joseph Gouvin (Contact Author)

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