Torts

Introduction

You will submit your first mini essay fact pattern Assignment answer in this module. The mini-essay fact pattern addresses intentional torts only. You are being tested on your ability to spot issues, frame issues, articulate rules of law, apply rules of law to a fact pattern, and reach conclusions.

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Assignment Directions

Click on the link and print out the mini essay fact pattern so you can make notes and mark up your paper. In this Assignment, you will draft an outline for your answer, answer the question using the proper format, and complete the self-assessment. There is no specific page limit or recommendation for this Assignment. Put your name, student ID, and the name of the Assignment (Module 5 Mini Essay Exam) at the top of the page in your document. This is a CLOSED BOOK ASSIGNMENT. Do not use your notes, outlines, books, or any other resource to complete this exam.

  1. Download the fact pattern: Fact Pattern Document
  2. Draft an exam outline for the mini essay.
  3. Answer the mini essay question using the proper format.
  4. Complete the self-assessment.

Grading and Points

This Assignment is due at the end of Module 5 and is worth 75 points. View the grading rubric.

Submitting Your Assignment
When you are ready to submit your Assignment, click on the Assignments link at the top of the screen and select the Module 5 Assignment Dropbox.

This Assignment addresses the following Module outcomes:

  • Identify issues and relevant facts in a torts fact pattern.
  • Apply intentional torts law to solve a torts fact pattern.
  • Use IRAC format to answer a torts fact pattern.

This Assignment also addressed the following course outcomes:

CL600-4: Identify legal issues raised by fact scenarios.

CL600-5: Identify governing rules and principles that apply to fact scenarios.

CL600-6: Analyze fact scenarios to explain the arguments parties would likely make regarding potential claims/charges and defenses.

CL600-7: Predict the resolution of fact scenarios based on assessment of the relative strength of competing arguments.

CL600-8: Use IRAC format to write in a clear, organized, professional manner.

CL600 Module 5 Mini-Essay Assignment

Torts Mini-Essay Assignment

Please follow the steps below to complete your mini essay Assignment. Please note – this is a CLOSED BOOK ASSIGNMENT. Do not use your notes, outlines, books, or any other resource to complete this Assignment. There is no specific page limit or time limit for this Assignment.

This Mini-Essay Assignment has three components:

1. Draft an exam outline for this for the following Mini-Essay Exam fact pattern.

2. Write an exam answer to the Mini-Essay Exam fact pattern.

3. Complete the self-assessment.

All three components must be included in the document that you upload.

Mini-Essay Fact Pattern

Diego sees Pedro at a convention. Diego walks up to Pedro, slaps Pedro on the back, and congratulates Pedro on the success of Pedro’s new product. Unbeknownst to Diego, Pedro has a fear of being touched by others.

Discuss Diego’s liability to Pedro, if any, for intentional torts.

Self Assessment

ISSUE: Did I identify and prioritize all key issues and frame each in the form of a question? If not, why not? (Select all that apply; note which are most important.)

___ I did not read the facts closely enough to notice that an issue was raised.

___ I did not understand the law so I did not see that the issue was raised.

___ I saw the issue but didn’t think it was important enough to discuss.

___ I saw the issue, but simply forgot to write about it.

___ I saw the issue, but didn’t have enough time to write about it.

___ Other

What can I do to improve my performance in this category in the future? (This could include, but is not limited to, further studying the law, doing practice problems, refining your outline of potential issues, and spending more time organizing your answer.)

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RULE: Did I succinctly and accurately state the rules of law relevant to the issues? If not, why not? (Select all that apply; note which are most important.)

___ I did not have the rule of law memorized.

___ I did not understand the elements of/exceptions to the applicable rule.

___ I did not understand the facts to see how they implicated the rule.

___ I knew and understood the rule, but simply forgot to write about it.

___ Other

What can I do to improve my performance in this category in the future?

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ANALYSIS: Did I link each relevant fact to the element of law at issue? If not, why not? (Select all that apply; note which are most important.)

___ I did not read the facts closely enough to see how they related to an issue.

___ I did not understand the facts to see how they related to an issue.

___ I merely repeated the facts but did not go further to explain how the facts showed why an element of an issue was or wasn’t met.

___ I failed to identify and/or write about what each party might assert.

___ Other

What can I do to improve my performance in this category in the future?

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CONCLUSION: Did my analysis lead to a clear, well-reasoned conclusion? If not, why not?

___ I did not provide a clear and concise conclusion for each issue.

___ My conclusion was not supported by my analysis.

What can I do to improve my performance in this category in the future?

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Did I organize my time well? _______________________________________________

Did I use my time appropriately to read the call of the question, read the fact pattern, organize my response, and write my answer? ______________________________________________

Did I organize my answer well? _________________________________________________

Did I follow the exam outline that I created? _______________________________________

Did I utilize the IRAC format? __________________________________________________

Did I use a separate IRAC format for each issue? ___________________________________

Did I make any grammatical mistakes? Typos? Misspelled words? ____________________

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