Yes, so let’s assume you’re writing to a client on behalf of the firm, some of the things they’re testing:

  • Whether you can spot the key issues – what do clients care about the most?
  • Whether you can articulate that appropriately – do you use the right formalities? Can you get the point across in a way they’ll understand?
  • Whether you can get that information down within the time frame – that may involve being selective, think about what’s the most relevant.

So

  • Write using simple language. This is a key skill for lawyers who must breakdown technical legal speak in a form that clients can understand. The key is to structure your work and plan beforehand so you have enough time to finish.
  • Always remember the correct form must be taken, for example in a letter writing the address in the top right hand corner and signing your name or a name that has been given to you at the bottom, with the appropriate formality.
  • Time will be the biggest challenge throughout the assessment. As you read the case study, note the most relevant points: 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. Make use of sub headings, numbered points and clear paragraphs.

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