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Exams at law school can take different forms. This page outlines the most common types of law exams and provides strategies to help you prepare notes, study effectively, and approach exams during your law degree.
Law exams can be:
Within these exam types, there may be: problem-based questions with legal scenarios, essay questions about policy or theoretical aspects of the course, statutory interpretation exercises, or short answer questions.
Whatever type of exam/s you have, it is important to prepare a good set of notes.The format of your notes may differ depending on the type of exam you have. For open book and take-home exams, you need a concise set of notes that allows you to easily retrieve important information. Exams generally require you to apply the law to a set of facts, not just state what the law is, so your notes need to allow you to do this quickly.
Claire Macken (see General books below) has some useful tips on creating exam summaries.
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.
Some law books to help your preparation. Check Search for more.
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