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Legal Studies: it’s all about the acronyms

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Legal Studies: it’s all about the acronyms

Memorise these four and you’ll be ready to win every case. (You won’t, but you’ll be ready to.)

Being a lawyer is easy. All you have to know is how to pace up and down a courtroom with your hands behind your back, when to say “I put it to you…” and these four acronyms. Get them into your brain and you’ll be rocking a fancy wig in no time!

First up, here’s a sentence that’ll help you remember the five different types of evidence. Remember: every single legal response needs evidence, or it’s just generalisation. Take the first letters of “Oh Lisa, Cuddle Me Darling!” and you get:

(As a bonus, Lisa might give you a cuddle.)

PEE is Point, Evidence, Explain

This one flows from the last one, like pee flows down your leg. It’s a three-parter that helps you remember what to include in essays. Start off with a Point – write a topic sentence. Then move on to Evidence (which means going back to cuddling Lisa). Finally, you have to Explain – make the connections, so your marker knows what you’re talking about, and that you’ve understood it.

BRACE is about law and society

This one will take a bit more memorisation on your part, but it’s really useful when you have to evaluate the effectiveness of the law with regard to society. The five things to consider are:

REAPER is about law and individuals

And while you’ve got your memorising hat on, REAPER stands for the six things to consider when you’re evaluating the effectiveness of the law with regard to individuals:

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