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Law research and writing skills: Exam preparation

Law exam preparation

Law exams can be:

  • Open book
  • Closed book
  • Take home

Whatever the type of exam, prepare your own exam summary:

  • Compare lecture, tutorial and reading / unit guide materials.
  • Draw up one overview for all (see the Notetaking tab)
  • Cross-reference to legislation and cases (tabs, coloured margins etc)

Claire Macken (see General books below) has some useful tips on creating exam summaries.

Do timed practice exams:

  • Write up a tutorial answer (without looking at the class notes) in less time. Mark from the class notes (issues, elements, evidence)
  • Use the topics in Krever (see General books below) to do a timed answer - write a plan and check this against the 'average answer' first. Use the marker's comments.
  • Prepare an outline and discuss it with your study group, then write
  • it up in less time.

In the exam:

  • Do a plan or outline first.
  • Use headings, include counter arguments and provide evidence for your response.
  • Write on alternate lines for clarity (and to allow minor changes)
  • Keep to the time allowed per question.

Law Learning Skills Advisers run seminars on exam preparation. Check the Library class booking system via

Using past exams

From 2017, past exam papers are no longer held by the Library.

Practice exams are provided by your lecturer to ensure that the content and style of exam preparation is suitable for the unit you are studying.  Look in Moodle or speak to your lecturer about any practice exams for the unit and check for revision notes and discussions in the lead-up to exams.

Exam preparation resources

Law study guides

Some law books to help your preparation. Check Search for more.