Open book exams with hypothetical problems are a crucial part of studying law. However, there are also law exams that ask you to answer essay questions. In this chapter we discuss how to approach such an exam, from reading time and planning through to presenting your answer in words.Examples are drawn from many subjects and we hope they will be of assistance to students of all levels. (Note that this chapter discusses ‘ideal’ answers. Don't worry if you can't do everything suggested here.)
A sudden, bold, and unexpected question doth many times surprise a man and lay him open.
Francis Bacon, 1625
|•||the issues stage: reading time|
|•||the planning stage: the basic format|
|•||the structuring stage: using the law|
|•||the writing stage: answers that attract marks.|