What's the point of reading cases?

One question I get asked a lot is "why do I need to bother reading cases?" It's a good question. Why plough through 30 pages of a lengthy judgment where different Law lords put forward conflicting, and potentially confusing views, if you don't have to?

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Contract law exam tips - terms, representations, breach and misrepresentation

Contract law exam questions can be very tricky. As with any exam question, half the battle is always knowing which area of law the examiner has in mind...it's not always as easy as you might hope! Two areas which can often cause difficulty, not least because they often come mixed up together, are breach of contract and misrepresentation. There are any number of variations on questions dealing with these topics, but here are a few tips for things to look out for:

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Step by step guide to answering negligence problem questions:

Note: This article aims to give an outline guide to things to consider when answering a negligence problem question. It was written with the current Ilex level 3 syllabus in mind - this includes nervous shock and vicarious liability, but does not include the tort of negligent misstatement. Check your syllabus carefully to ensure that you have covered all or the relevant areas for your course!

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Exam tips

Here are a few practical tips to ensure that you get the best out of yourself in an exam. 

1.      Read the instructions at the top of the paper carefully. Usually you will need to answer some questions from part A and some from part B and mistakes can be costly.

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Don't get frustrated by frustration!

Imagine the scene.....You are in the exam room, the invigilator says that you can start, so what do you do? You begin reading the questions and identifying the ones you would like to answer. You quickly browse the questions and look for things that sound familiar,..after all, the first question you have to ask yourself is always "do I know what this question is about?"

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Breach of Contract questions

If you find yourself dealing with a question where there is a breach of contract you will obviously deal with the breach of an express terms that are mentioned in the question. However, bear in mind that you may need to identify any statutory implied terms as well.  

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Land law is fun!

Even amongst other law teachers, the admission that one enjoys land law is usually met with surprise, a degree of suspicion, and often a suggestion that you might be well on the way to satisfying the M’Naghten rules on insanity. But why?

Certainly land law can be complex and sometimes illogical – but what area of law is not? That’s the joy of it! Approach this subject with fascination instead of dread and it can be an absolute pleasure.

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Tips for coping with exams

Lots of people get in a terrible state worrying about exams but, frankly, it’s not worth it. It really helps to keep a cool head in the exam, so panicking is counter-productive. Just remember it’s not the end of the world if it does all go wrong – your loved ones won’t perish, the sun will still rise tomorrow and the dog, frankly, won’t give a damn. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do all you can to prepare, and prepare well but, once you have done that, there’s no point worrying about it. You will do far better if you approach the examination room in a positive frame of mind, so here are a few good things about exams:

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Good Timing!

As the old song goes “You gotta have timing……”  and when it comes to exam time, nothing could be more pertinent. Poor timing is one of the most common reasons for disappointing exam results, particularly amongst very capable students. It’s just so easy to get your timing wrong. You are well prepared, you look at the paper and select the questions you will answer; typically you will have to answer 4 questions in 3 hours, which gives you about 40 minutes max per question by the time you have made your choice. Sometimes you will be afforded the luxury of 15 minutes reading time first, then you have a whole 45 minutes per question but, either way, it’s not that long!

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Equity's darling....law students beware!

Students are often confused by the rules relating to interests in registered and unregistered land. This is quite a complex issue, and it’s well worth taking the time to ensure that you really understand it (nag your tutor if you need help!). Here’s a quick suggestion that might help…

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I spend a lot of my time marking assignments from distance learning students and I make notes to myself as I go along, which I then have to translate into (hopefully) legible feedback. One of most comment notes I make is ‘ATBQ’ – answer the b****y question!

Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? However, by far one of the most common causes of disappointing marks is the answer that fails to properly address the question. We’ve all done it, especially in exams.

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