- Tue Aug 25, 2020 5:35 am
Hi mguitard! Your instinct to toss out the answer choices that are too specific/narrow for Main Point questions is a good one. We typically want to be wary of answer choices that overly focus on one paragraph, and instead find the choice that hits on every paragraph in order to really lay out all of the author's argument.
However, I disagree that Answer Choice (C) is overly narrow/specific here. It's true that the first part of the (C) is referring to the last paragraph. But the rest of (C) touches on every paragraph in the passage! "Although statutes typically vary from region to region" (this is from Paragraph 4), "law schools should provide training in statutory law" (this is from Paragraph 1), "in order to develop students’ ability to synthesize legal information" (this is from Paragraph 3), "and interpret individual statutes" (this is from Paragraph 2). So every paragraph of the passage is represented here and the author's full argument throughout the passage is on display, making this a textbook correct Main Point answer.
As for (E), you're correct that the "fail to impart the skills necessary for the analysis of legal information" is where we run into trouble. There's not really much support for that, and like you said, there may even be support for the opposite (that they do at least somewhat impart some of the skills necessary for the analysis of legal information). So that "fail to impart" clause gives us three reasons to toss this answer choice out: 1) it's way too strong (always something that should make you wary on Main Point questions), 2) there's no support for it in the passage, and 3) unlike (C), this answer choice doesn't touch on all of the author's argument (it doesn't even hammer home the author's main point, which is that law schools should provide statutory law education. It also doesn't mention the two listed benefits of studying statutory law, which alone make up half of the passage).
Hope that helps!