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Law Student and Exams

  • 11-01-2015 11:29am
    Registered Users Posts: 219 ✭✭ jacknife

    I'm a part time law student in GCD and I'm over 40, and been out of education for a while, I've kept up with all the law course work as much as i can, and i was just looking at the past year exam papers yesterday and I'm a bit worried, i can understand the questions and explain the points of law but how much are you expected to write, I find it difficult remembering the cases as there are so many and the precedent changes.

    Does anyone have any exam tips of how to perpare for exams and what is expected, and how much detail is needed


  • Registered Users Posts: 14 _becca_

    I have always used ILAC (Issue, Law, Application, Conclusion) for problem questions, you really can't go wrong if you follow that format. If the question allows it you can always add in some academic commentary or talk about the policy/reform/etc. for higher marks.

    For the essay questions you probably need about 3.5-5 pages (I'm a terribly slow writer and only ever manage 3.5-4 and I've gotten 1.1/2.1 in all my exams so far) and make sure to answer the question exactly - take note of the 'critically analyse' and 'offer thoughts on reform' aspects instead of a general essay as this will definitely get you better marks, and have a few quotes from academic articles that you can include.

    If you're struggling with cases I would advise knowing the key cases really well (say whether SC/HC/etc. and have at least one judge's name) and having a few more case names to back up your answer. Don't worry if you forget the full name or date of a few - you should be fine as long as you know the main facts and points of law.

    Also, the Nutshells books are a really good indication of what you really need to know to pass, I found the Contract one especially good. They also have the key cases with a short synopsis for each section.

    Good luck!