08
Aug 2013

Sure, some of us still enjoy hard copies of legislation, dictionaries and personal organisers, but there’s nothing like the convenience of law apps. Here are some useful study apps to help you with your legal research, writing, revision and organisation…

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06
Aug 2013

I originally chose to write a thesis because I couldn’t face the prospect of sitting more exams. It might sound like the wrong reason to commit to a year-long thesis, but is there even a right reason?

Sure I was passionate about an area of law and wanted to explore it further… but I probably could have just gone and read about it, bought a book on it, or looked it up on Wikipedia.

If had done that, I would not have slammed my computer shut only two hours before the final thesis was due, cracked open a beer to drink on my way to drop the final copy off to my supervisor and created my biggest academic achievement to date. A publishable piece of work that someone might actually be interested in reading, rather than just marking.

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06
Aug 2013

The first time I was faced with a reflective journal as an assessment item, I wasn’t sure what it was or how to approach it. IRAC no longer applies, and for the first time at law school you’re meant to write in first person. Plus it seems like there’s always too much content to cover. If you’ve got a reflective journal assessment this semester, here are some tips for getting started… 

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04
Aug 2013

I was on Facebook the other day, and saw a quote that said ‘if you can’t explain something simply, then you don’t understand it well enough’. This particular quote was attributed to Einstein. Of course, being the sceptical law student I am, I Googled it, only to find it wasn’t actually a verbatim Einstein quote, but rather ironically, a simplified version of some things he had said. Regardless of the source of this quote, it still rings true.

Lawyers and law students have a reputation for using big, unnecessary and complicated words. Although legal Latin and convoluted old High Court judgments are probably to blame, it really does pay to know how to write in simplified terms. Your lecturers (and in the future, your clients) will thank you for it.

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