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How to answer a Connecticut bar examination essay question:

Identification of the problem. Your answer should demonstrate your ability to identify correctly the problem(s) and issue(s) of law presented in the question. Your answer should demonstrate your ability to articulate and classify the problem presented, that is, to state it in a lawyer-like fashion and to place it in its proper category or categories of doctrine.

Knowledge of the law. Your answer should demonstrate your knowledge of legal principles and your ability to repeat them accurately on the examination as they relate to the problem presented by the question. You should state concisely the principle(s) and rule(s) governing the issue(s) presented by the question.

Application and analysis. Your answer should reveal your capacity to reason logically by applying the appropriate rule or principle to the operative facts of the question as a step in reaching your conclusion. This involves making the correct preliminary determination as to which facts in the question are legally important and which, if any, are irrelevant.

The line of reasoning that you adopt should be clear and consistent without gaps or digressions. This is the most important element in your answer and, therefore, carries the most weight in the grading process.

Conclusion. You should address yourself to the task that the question asks you to perform. For example, if the question calls for a specific conclusion or result, such conclusion should clearly appear in your answer and should be stated concisely and without equivocation.

An answer that consists entirely of mere conclusions unsupported by any statements or discussion of the rules or reasoning upon which it is based is entitled to little credit. Clarity and conciseness are important, but make your answer complete. Do not volunteer irrelevant or immaterial information.

Additional suggestions:

  • Do not anticipate trick questions or attempt to read into the question hidden meanings or facts not clearly expressed.
  • Read and analyze the question carefully before commencing your answer.
  • Think through to your conclusion before you begin writing.
  • If the question has separate parts, clearly mark your answer accordingly.
  • Your answer should clearly indicate:

(1) the relevant facts,
(2) the applicable law,
(3) your analysis and
(4) your conclusion.

Unless specifically called for in the question, it is not necessary to engage in an academic discussion of the applicable law or its historical basis and ramifications.

  • After you have answered the question fully, STOP.
  • ANALYZE.

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Directions to exam site

FEBRUARY

CoCo Key Water Resort Hotel & Convention Center
(formerly Holiday Inn Waterbury)

3580 E Main St
Waterbury, CT 06705
(203) 706-1000

From points West and South of Waterbury:

  • Take Route 84 East to Exit 25A (Austin Road).
  • Turn left off the exit over Route 84.
  • Turn right 1/4 mile ahead at the light onto East Main Street.
  • The hotel will be immediately on the right.

From points East and North of Waterbury:

  • Take Route 84 West to Exit 26 (CT-70 toward Cheshire/Prospect).
  • Turn right off the exit and the hotel is 3/4 mile on your left.
JULY

Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 249-6000

From Points North of Hartford:

  • Take 91 South to Exit 29A (Capitol Area/Convention Center).
  • Stay in the right lane and take the first exit (Columbus Boulevard/Convention Center).
  • At the end of the ramp, turn right. The convention center is located on your right.

From Points South of Hartford:

  • Take 91 North to Exit 29A (Capitol Area/Convention Center) left exit.
  • Stay in the right lane and take the first exit (Columbus Boulevard/Convention Center).
  • At the end of the ramp, turn right. The convention center is located on your right.

From Points East of Hartford:

  • Take 84 West/Route 2 West to Exit 54 (Downtown Hartford) left exit.
  • Stay in the left over the Founders Bridge.
  • At the bottom of the bridge, turn left. The convention center is located on your left.

From Points West of Hartford:

  • Take 84 East to Exit 52 (91 South toward New Haven).
  • Take 91 South to Exit 29A (Capitol Area/Convention Center).
  • Stay in the right lane and take the first exit (Columbus Boulevard/Convention Center).
  • At the end of the ramp, turn right. The convention center is located on your right.

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