California Western -- P Sc104A (Supreme Court and the Constitution)
                              P Sc104A (Supreme Court and the Constitution)
                                             Professor Glenn Smith
                                                        Fall 2012
Office Hours for TA's: (Zach: Tuesday 1-3, SSB 332)

                    (Robert: Wednesday 1-3, SSB 341)

Most Recent Past Final Exam, Fall 2011
Readings for Tuesday, Nov. 27 (Aff Action in Admissions and Gender Discrim.)
Information on Midterm Grading and Feedback, P SC 104A Fall 2012
P Sc 104A, Fall 2012 Course Overview
First Syllabus, Fall 2012 P Sc 104A
Smith Materials, Pages SM-1 & SM-2 (for class discussion on Oct. 9)
Smith Materials Pages SM-3 through SM-8 (for class discussion on Oct. 9 & Oct. 16, 2012)
Smith Materials Page SM-9 through SM-11
Questions from the most recent midterm exam
2nd Assignment Syllabus, Fall 2012 P Sc 104
Major Readings for Nov. 20th -- Excerpts from Croson Case pp. CR1 to CR31

***This e-mail is intended for students enrolled in:

POLI 104A A00 FA12 Supreme Court & Constitution


Sorry to bother you with another email.


But it has been brought to my attention that the version of the Exam Instructions posted and sent earlier today erroneously failed to include the Smith & Fusco, Constitutional Law for Dummies book in the list of sources you may reference during the Open Book, Open Note exam.




Sorry for any concern/confusion.



Copy of Email Sent By Professor Smith to 104A Students at Noon, Monday, Oct. 29

Dear P Sc 104A Students:


1.  Below I am copying you the "Instructions" portion of tomorrow's midterm.  (This is also posted on the course webpage.)  I thought that this would both help clarify in writing the exam format and procedures and save you time reading them tomorrow.


2.  I realized that I can provide an extra "last" pre-midterm hour of office hours tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct.

30) from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM in Room SSB 444.  You can visit or email me (gsmith@cwsl,edu) during this time frame.


[NOTE:  Monday's office hours will be held as usual: 1:45 PM to 4:30 PM in Room SSB 444


Cheers, and Happy Exam Preparation.





        MIDTERM EXAM – FALL 2012, P Sc 104A –

               Visiting Professor Smith



        Overall Instructions



1.  This is an OPEN BOOK, OPEN NOTE EXAM.  You may refer to your O'Brien textbook, to class notes you have personally prepared (individually, or with other course members), to past A.S. course notes, and to handouts given out in the course.  YOU MAY NOT USE LAPTOP COMPUTERS (or PDA’s or CELL PHONES) DURING THE EXAM.


2. The exam is composed of two Parts:

--Part I has three questions.  You may answer all these questions in ONE BLUEBOOK, answering in any order you prefer.

--Part II has two questions.  Put your answers to this Part in ANOTHER BLUEBOOK.

Be sure to put your name on both bluebooks.


3.  You have 2 HOURS to answer the exam questions.  I recommend that you spend some time reading the entire exam, thinking about the questions, and planning your answers before you begin writing.  (The amounts of time given for each section below are writing times; they assume that you spend 20 minutes reading, thinking, and planning and then 20 minutes writing the answer to each question.)  BUDGET YOUR TIME TO SPEND SUBSTANTIAL TIME ON EACH QUESTION.


If you finish the exam more than 10 minutes early, you may turn your exam in and leave quietly (including avoiding slamming classroom doors).  IF YOU FINISH WITHIN THE LAST 10 MINUTES, PLEASE REMAIN QUIETLY IN YOUR SEAT out of politeness to your colleagues.  Exams will not be accepted during the last 10 minutes.


(After the exam is finished and you have been given a 15 minute break, class will resume.)


4.  DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN to make your answer READABLE.  Feel free to use headings, topic sentences, writing big, writing on every other line, or whatever else you know improves your exam readability.


5.  Be sure to follow the instructions on exam format – including instructions to choose among options -- carefully.  Only answer the indicated number of options; there is no additional credit for multiple answers.


6.  ANSWER THE QUESTIONS DIRECTLY and in the length requested.  Make sure your “paragraphs” are direct answers of 5-7 sentences.  Avoid unfocused, overly generic answers.


There is no specific penalty for overly long answers, but they waste valuable time and are likely to veer into irrelevant/inaccurate answers lowering your grade.


7.  In general, answer in your own words rather than quoting extensively from course materials.  (By doing this, you better demonstrate your mastery of materials.)  Exception:  It is desirable to quote constitutional provisions, legal standards, or especially stirring statements by public officials.