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Sep 2015

The toughest thing about law assignments is the word count. Yep, it's even worse than footnoting. At the start you think, “How could anyone have 1,500 words to write about constructive trusts?” But this soon becomes, “If I play with the margins, can I get away with an extra 400 words?”

If you’re WAY over the word count on your assignment, here’s what you can do next…

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Aug 2015

Is there someone in your class who perfectly answers every question before your tutor even finishes asking it? Chances are you hate that guy. Class participation doesn’t have to be painful. It’s supposed to be easy marks.

Changing a few habits and employing some of these tips will help you feel more confident...

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Aug 2015

Looking back at my first year of university, some things worked out great, but others not so much.

Before diving into my second year, I tried to figure out what did and didn’t work well for me, and looked at ways I could do things differently. 

If you’re just starting your first semester of law, here are a few pointers…

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Aug 2015

Were you less than impressed with last semester’s exam results? 

In the first year of my degree I would stock up on nice new stationery and spend so much time organising and re-organising my lecture and study notes that there was very little time left for actual study. After going into my contract law exam with only half my exam notes prepared and relying on printed lecture slides for the rest of the course content, I knew that I needed to change. 

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Aug 2015

Advocacy can sometimes be seen as the arch enemy: we know we have to do it, but public speaking, especially speaking before a distinguished member of the legal profession, can be quite daunting.

I practice in criminal law so advocacy is a big part of my job description. I had a lot to learn in my first months on the job, and I had to learn fast. It takes time and a lot of practice, but these days I feel far more confident about standing up in the courtroom.

Here are my tips for improving your advocacy abilities and gaining confidence in the courtroom…

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Jun 2015

Whether it’s obsessively checking comma placement in assignment footnotes or creating the ideal colour-coding system for highlighting textbooks, law students can be pretty perfectionistic. This trait normally serves us well, but can have its drawbacks around exam time.

The exam with multiple essays can see the perfectionist law student hand in a high distinction-worthy booklet one, but the detailed analysis of minority judges’ reasoning then gives way to frantic bullet points and barely-answered questions in essays two and three.

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