10 revision tips from people who have nailed law exams

Trainee solicitors, barristers and law lecturers distil their exam preparation wisdom:

Emma Reid, trainee solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills

“Use examiners’ reports: they help you avoid common pitfalls when answering questions.”

Stuart Harris, trainee solicitor at RPC

“Think outside your law textbooks. Practical examples from business, politics and economics show application of the law in context.”

Anna Williams, employability consultant at the University of Law

“Visualise success, don’t panic — and maintain focus.”

Ed Wallis, trainee solicitor at Hogan Lovells

“Really try to engage in the material, form your own opinions and arguments, and then think carefully about how you can back these with case law and commentary.”

Jasmine Murphy, barrister at Hardwicke

“To remember case names and facts, recite them to yourself as part of your daily routine, while doing the washing-up for example.”

Ishan Kolhatkar, barrister and lecturer at BPP Law School

“Write a question on the front of an index card, put the answer on the back, and you can test yourself wherever you are.”

Alice Harrison, trainee solicitor at Mayer Brown

“Do as many past or practice papers as you can, from start to finish, under timed conditions.”

Wilf Odgers, trainee solicitor at Shearman & Sterling

“When remembering case names, try and make a story out of the names of the parties, and link it to what happened in the case.”

Katie Harding, GDL and LPC tutor at Kaplan Law School

“Revise bit-size chunks of more than one topic in a day. That way your mind stays fresh and you get through all the material.”

Sophie O’Mahony, trainee solicitor at Norton Rose Fulbright

“Always consolidate your notes at the end of every tutorial.”


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