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Author: Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Norman Otto Stockmeyer Norman Otto Stockmeyer is a distinguished professor emeritus at Western Michigan University-Cooley Law School. Although retired from classroom teaching, he retains an active interest in helping law students succeed.

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IRAC

Legal reasoning? It's all about IRAC

March 09, 2021

As beginning law students soon learn, what we call “legal reasoning” can be expressed by the formula IRAC. It stands for Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion. It is the format used by lawyers in preparing legal memoranda. And the structure that most judges use in drafting judicial opinions. It’s also the

Bar Exam Questions

Bar exam subjects: How many is too many to test?

June 11, 2020

Social-distancing policies have forced states to rethink the July bar exam. One state has decided to shorten it to one day. Another is going open-book. A third is eliminating the multiple-choice portion and using short-answer questions instead. All three plan to administer their exams remotely (on-line). 

Uniform Bar Exam Michigan

The Uniform Bar Exam: Is it coming to Michigan anytime soon?

January 23, 2019

Student Lawyer has done a great job keeping the law student universe aware of progress among states in adopting the Uniform Bar Examination.  An August 15, 2018 post reporting Ohio’s adoption, “What’s round on the end and high in the middle? The UBE