These allegedly work for some other classes, too, but we’re not guilty of claiming that.
Legal Studies can be a monster of a thing to study for if you’re not prepared. You have to have your content, your evidence, your case studies and the ability to bang a gavel while yelling “ORDER!!” But before you take a plea bargain for a reduced mark, there are some ways to get your law on that won’t sway a jury against you.
Make some flashcards… and use them
There’s a lot of stuff to memorise in terms of specific laws, cases, media, stats…umm…probably some other material, too. Make yourself some flashcards with the relevant info, and use them to quiz yourself. Use them to quiz your classmates. Make your little brother quiz you (give him a plastic gavel so he can do the “ORDER!!” part). Don’t cram too much info onto each card, or it’ll become overwhelming. Also, you can use a flashcard app if you don’t like the idea of carrying actual cards around.
Know what’s happening in the world
There’s no greater tip for Legal Studies than knowing what’s going on in the real-life world of law this very minute. Watch the news, read the news, Twitter the news – absorb the news. Being able to slap down a cutting-edge example in the middle of an essay is an impressive feat, especially if happens to back up some of those syllabus-based facts you’ve been memorising…
Practise – and get feedback
Because this is a subject where you have to pull together a few different elements, it’s possibly most important to know you’re on the right track before you slide into an exam room. Writing practice essays and getting your teacher to give you some direction on what works and what doesn’t – that’s a great way to hone your skills.
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