More than any other subject, Legal Studies benefits from you being across current affairs.
That doesn’t mean you have to watch A Current Affair. But there are many, many legal cases taking place at any given time, and if you know about them you’ll be able to draw on that knowledge in an exam. How, specifically?
You’ll have more evidence at your fingertips
Unlike History, where the facts don’t change, or Maths, where the equations always add up to the same thing, Legal Studies is about what’s currently happening. Laws change, and are interpreted in different ways as the years go on. Keeping up with current events means you’ll be able to give your markers something new to read… and you’ll be better prepared to answer exam questions about what’s been happening in the world. Just make sure your info is relevant.
Getting in the habit keeps things fresh
Try to memorise every story in the newspaper today, and it’ll be very difficult. But if you’re reading, watching or listening to the news on a regular basis, you’ll have constant updates on the important stories and – even better – have access to a range of opinions and analysis that you can use. (And if it’s too boring, try watching comedy shows like Mad As Hell or Tonightly with Tom Ballard that give you the info with some jokes – just don’t cite the made-up bits in your essays, especially if they’re about releasing the kraken.)
It’ll enhance your general knowledge
It’s a good idea to watch the news anyway. Knowing what’s going on in the world – in politics, in sport, in a whole range of areas – sets you up for a huge variety of situations. Being able to name the leaders of different countries makes you look interested in the world. Knowing how they feel about topics like immigration, defence spending, whether trans people should be able to use public toilets… that makes you look smart as.
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