JUSTICE staff share study tips

With exam season imminent across the United Kingdom, we at JUSTICE have put our heads together to share our best exam tips!

AndreaAndrea Coomber, Director


Only one tip: read the question slowly to the very end before picking up your pen. After 19 years of formal education, I still failed to do this in my Law of Armed Conflict exam during my LLM at LSE.  I felt like a total idiot (though got a distinction for the course, so happily didn’t suffer for it).

AngelaAngela Patrick, Director of Human Rights Policy


I found writing my own summaries of issues and cases – usually complete with flow charts, multiple colours and highlighting – helped me to remember more complex legal arguments. I still find that putting things “in my own words” helps me to understand and communicate legal ideas.

Jean-Benoit LouveauxJean-Benoit Louveaux, Head of Administrative Justice


Getting enough sleep goes without saying. Best not to leave things to the last minute if you want to get enough sleep: that way you can switch off properly before going to bed and have a restful night (and not wake up in a cold sweat at 4 am the day of your first exam not having done any revision, as I once did!)

JodieJodie Blackstock, Director of Criminal Justice Policy


A good tip for achieving the highest marks is to think critically – it is not enough to just repeat what you have learnt – what is good or bad about the principle you are discussing? Which school of thought do you agree with and why? Is there a gap in the thinking? Can you draw from any other sources to advance the argument you want to make?

SarahSarah Bond, Membership and Communications Coordinator


I found doing practise questions under timed conditions the most useful preparation for me. Also, perseverance. Just because you had a bad morning getting distracted, doesn’t mean you can’t have a good afternoon. And make sure you reward yourself for good study sessions. Life’s about balance.

HarleyHarley Freemantle, Student Network Fellow


I know too many people who fluffed their exams because of the sudden onset of a crisis of confidence and panic. Nobody gets to university by accident. You will have passed many previous exams, including, unless you are a fresher, degree-level exams. Stay calm, write clearly and simply, and remember that you earned your right to be there in every exam you have ever taken before.

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