The red scrawl across my elementary school math quiz is burned into my memory: “Correct answer, but SHOW YOUR WORK!” followed by a big, fat “0” indicating the utter lack of credit I would get for that correct answer.
Bar takers may feel the same frustration when they read the facts, make the correct logical leaps, but get told that their analysis is “conclusory.” What does that mean?
It means you wrote “12 – 6 = 6” without crossing out the “1” in “12”, carrying the “1” over to the “2” and then subtracting…well…six from twelve. It seems like a lot of work just to end up with the answer you gave from the start. But that’s the whole point of analysis: for your grader to see how you applied the law to the facts in order to reach your ultimate conclusion. [Read more…] about Analyze Like A Grade School Math Student: Show Your Work