Developing Effective Study Groups. Working Collaboratively. The Purposes of a Study Group Are:. To clarify information To apply legal knowledge and reasoning to factual situations To test understanding through discussion and debate within the group.
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Jane, a huge Hawkeye fan, was tailgating before the big Iowa-Michigan game and began complaining that she didn’t have a ticket. Her friend Steve said he knew a guy, “Sam the Scalper,” who might sell Jane a decent seat for $50. Jane told Steve that it sounded like a good deal, but said it might be hard to find her among the 80,000 people wandering around Kinnick. Steve said, “Nah, that’s no problem; I can try to find Sam.” Jane laughed as she said, “Well, I guess if that all worked out, I would owe you a turkey leg.” Steve disappeared into the crowd and Jane returned to discussing the merits of the Hawkeyes’ special teams.
A few minutes later, Jane was wandering around on Melrose Ave looking to buy a turkey leg for herself and ran into a scalper offering to sell a ticket for a seat on the 50 yard line, 10 rows up, for $45. Jane could hardly pass up this deal, so she bought the ticket and a turkey leg. When Jane got back to the tailgate, Steve was there with a ticket that he had bought from his scalper friend, but unfortunately it had cost him $60 instead of $50. After explaining this to Jane, he held out the ticket and reached for the turkey leg. Jane jerked the leg away. In the heated conversation that followed, Jane refused to hand over the turkey leg and refused to pay Steve for the ticket, saying that she had never agreed to buy a ticket from Sam; she had only commented that buying a ticket from Sam “sounded like a good deal.” Jane also claimed that Steve told her the ticket would be $50 and not $60, so she never actually agreed to buying a ticket at that price.