Students are often given 1 hour to read a case study and draft a letter, email or memorandum to a client or lawyer. They are designed to test your ability to articulate the key points in a concise manner. This is a key skill for lawyers who must break down technical legal speak in a form that clients can understand. Take as much time as necessary to read the information; there will be vital information in the text which can be easily overlooked if skimming. From there, the correct form must be taken, for example in a letter, write the address in the top right-hand corner, sign appropriately and check whether to use your name or a name that has been given to you in the exercise (i.e. if you’re representing a law firm).

Time will often be the biggest challenge throughout the assessment. Students often use this as an excuse to write as much information as possible and turn what could have been a good answer into a very mediocre one. Taking the time to plan your answer and noting the most relevant points demonstrates you are confident enough to be strategic. It is very common to have too much information in these case studies and the assessors are looking to see who can distinguish between what is useful and what is not. Making use of subheadings, numbered points and clear paragraphs makes this easier. The key is to be concise.

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