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68 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1979)

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FEBRUARY 9, 1979

Grades Released Piecemeal
It's that time of year again, and will continue to be for the next
month, due to the 4-1-4 schedule.
Some grades for 2Ls and 3Ls should be out by today, or early next
week. Others will come out in two spurts in March. For iLs, the magic
date will be sometime next week.
Mary D, Upton, assistant dean and registrar, explained that her
office gets grades to students about a week after they are due from the
professors. That week is taken up with entering the grades on com-
puter forms and records and proofreading them at least two times.
Deadlines for professors vary this year, due to the 4-1-4 system. For
first-year professors, the date was Feb. 6. For those professors teaching
2L and 3L fall term courses, with nothing to do in January but read
bluebooks, the date was Feb. 1. For those professors who had 2L and 3L
courses both fall and winter terms, grades are not due into Upton's
office, until Feb. 27; winter term grades are due March 6.
A few of those professors with classes both terms made the early
deadline, so some extra grades will be in the first batch. On the other
hand, three or four professors of upper-level classes did not make the
deadline, so, if something's missing, grit your teeth and wait.
(Continued on Page 12)
Exams: Golden Oldies?

By Tammy Jacobs
The plot seemed all too familiar.
At least, that's how it first ap-
peared to students in Prof. Duncan
Kennedy's first year Torts class,
who had studied the Emanuel's
commerical outline in preparation
for their exam.
A sample question and answer in
Emanuel's was taken from an
exam given by Prof. Robert Keeton
in January 1975. Kennedy's ques-
tion was drawn from the same
place, but he had altered it some-
what and had consulted with
Keeton. He feels the Emanuel's
sample answer did not affect his
grade curve.
Kennedy was not the only pro-

fessor who ran into trouble involv-
ing old exams during the past fi-
nals periods; and the situations
have raised issues concerning the
advisability of reusing old fact pat-
terns or short answer questions, as
well as questions about the study-
days mentality of Harvard Law
Visiting Prof. Irving Younger
gave an Evidence exam in which
several short answer questions
were similar or identical to ones
given on a Cornell Law School ex-
amination of several years ago.
Visiting Prof. Michael Graetz re-
wrote his tax exam at the last min-
ute when he learned that Harvard
students had gained access to an
(Continued on Page 4)

Exams Worth
Time Pressure
By Terry Keeney
Don't put off until January
what you can do in December
seems to be the motto of some Har-
vard law students and faculty after
the first year of pre-Christmas fall
semester exams.
Students and faculty interviewed
in an informal RECORD survey ex-
pressed satisfaction with the experi-
mental calendar which gave them
a Christmas vacation free from
exam worries. However, students
and faculty noted that the new
calendar did cause some problems.
Prof. Louis Loss detected a little
bit of time pressure caused by the
fact that the semester was short-
ened by two weeks to accom-
modate December exams. Prof.
William Andrews, chairman of the
Committee on Legal Education,
which will conduct an evaluation of
the calendar, also noted that the
semester was compressed. But I
find that very hard to evaluate be-
cause there is more material I want
to get into my basic tax course that
I find I don't have time for every
year, said Andrews.
For students too, pre-Christmas
exams created time pressure, be-
cause the Christmas vacation could
no longer be counted on for exam
preparation time.
Less Procrastination
I felt a crunch, said Tim
O'Neill, 2L. You weren't able to
put things off for as long.
(Continued on Page 5)

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