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HSC Legal Studies: The case for focusing on evidence

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HSC Legal Studies: The case for focusing on evidence

It’s the cornerstone of the legal system. Do we have evidence forthis claim?

There’s a lot to learn in Legal Studies. And moreso than a lot ofother subjects, there’s a lot to memorise. Legislation, cases, media, quotes,case studies, treaties, Redmond Barry’s middle name… It’s a lot.(Hmm, doesn’t look like he had one.) But the big thing you’ll want to keepfront of mind is evidence. Ideally you’ll have a pile of evidence to tieto whichever bit of the syllabus they throw at you in the exam.

Make sure you understand what you’re being asked

You can’t just sit down and write out every bit of evidence youremember, then kick back and wait for the end of the exam period. Well, youcan, but… don’t. Take a bit of time to break down the essay question so youknow what you have to do. Hopefully you’ll be able to immediately spot whichbit of the syllabus they’re testing you on, so you can flex those evidentialmuscles.

Spit that evidence

Every point you make should be backed up by some evidence. Every paragraph needs a theme, but it also needs some evidence. This word is sounding weird now we’re saying it so much. Evidence, evidence, evidence. Gah, now we’ve got this 90s classic in our head.

Opinions are great, but they need that factual underpinningto get those marks. Make your arguments, back them up with as much evidence as possibleand smash the opposition (umm, like if you were in court…).

Don’t forget your current affairs

If you’ve been following our advice on here, you’vebeen paying attention to the news so you have a stack of current events todraw upon in your essays. This is a habit that helps you tie your theory to thereal world, and even if there doesn’t end up being anything directly relevantyou can use in an exam, you’ll still benefit from an awareness of what’shappening in the legal realm outside your textbook.

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