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law exam techniques
October 29, 2007, 12:09 pm
Filed under: Law

Here are some law exam tips I have collated from various sources… of course, the names of the people who said them are deliberately withheld. I hope this helps some struggling law students as much as it has helped me.

Exam techniques – 291007


  •             critique question
  • ·         respond to question and know what the question wants out of you
  • ·         let teachers know your stand
  • ·         unique questions: “advice a judge in changing X law”


  • ·         Torts: 2.5 hours, 3 questions, answer 2
  • ·         Divide time, plan, focus


  • ·         Use the approach that works for you
  • ·         3 key approaches
  • ·         1 – identify the issue – hardest thing
  • ·         Understand the material, don’t memorise
  • ·         Practise problem questions
  • ·         Practice identifying issues
  • ·         Always get some law in there
  • ·         Do it in a punchy summarized form
  • ·         Summarise the laws
  • ·         Have a summary of the law in your head
  • ·         Facts are where the real marks are
  • ·         Analuse the facts
  • ·         Each question has key facts – highlight them
  • ·         When making arguments, think of counter arguments
  • ·         Apply and distinguish analogous cases


  • ·         Distinguish yourself – make creative arguments, make good arguments
  • ·         Look at relevant legal principles
  • ·         Look at relevant facts
  • ·         Ask how to apply law to this set of facts – make arguments/ counter arguments
  • ·         Time management is important
  • o   For the first ½ hour, don’t do writing
  • o   Think about which questions one can do best, and pick them
  • o   Do a skeletal answer – map out issues, don’t just start writing
  • o   Be in control – don’t miss out issues
  • ·         Do a lot of preparation – hard work is inevitable
  • ·         Bring succinct summaries into exam


  • ·         4 questions, at least one essay, hypotheticals as well
  • ·         Content no absolutely important: think like a lawyer
  • ·         Encouraged to have some sort of intro in an essay
  • o   Stance to be expressed in opening paragraph and ending too
  • ·         Put yourself in the shoes of the examiner
  • ·         Distinguish yourself – individuality can be an asset
  • ·         Set existing law clearly
  • ·         Take your position on it – innovation/creativity comes in

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hi! haven’t been to your blog for some time – hope all if fine for you. don’t be doscourgaed by law yah? if you find it tough there are many law students who will find it tough as well! and you’re still in your first year, plenty of time to learn the ropes! 🙂

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