A How-to Guide for Creating the Optimal Hypotheticals for Law Students: Keeping it Focused and Fun

19 Scribes Journal of Legal Writing ___ (2020 Forthcoming)

Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 19-18

23 Pages Posted: 3 Sep 2019

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Diana Simon

James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona

Date Written: August 30, 2019

Abstract

This article contains an easy-to-follow guide for creating law school hypotheticals for use in legal writing, along with examples of hypotheticals. It addresses the method of creating hypotheticals from the perspective of the author, who has practiced law for 25 years, taught for 25 years, and created hypotheticals for ten years. Part I includes a ten-step checklist for legal writing hypotheticals in general. Part II addresses special considerations applicable to 1L students and discusses hypotheticals (with examples) for the first and second semesters. Part III addresses the advantages and disadvantages of using sample or model answers. Finally, while no problem is perfect, it definitely improves over time and with experience.

Keywords: legal writing, checklist, 1L students, problems hypotheticals, legal education

Suggested Citation

Simon, Diana, A How-to Guide for Creating the Optimal Hypotheticals for Law Students: Keeping it Focused and Fun (August 30, 2019). 19 Scribes Journal of Legal Writing ___ (2020 Forthcoming); Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No. 19-18. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3445522

Diana Simon (Contact Author)

James E. Rogers College of Law, The University of Arizona ( email )

P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States

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