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Social Intelligence and Law

A fascinating learning and teaching blog post hit my email the other day. In it, author Lara Hardy suggests that we are at the cusp of a new world – and that the graduate attributes that ensured success in the Information Age now no longer cut it […see all]

What’s the Big Deal with IRAC?

I don’t think I really got IRAC until I started teaching law. Prior to this time, IRAC was just a magical model that got mentioned in class when we’d answer the tutorial questions. I knew what the acronym stood for (because I am so smart! S-M-R-T!), but I don’t […see all]

Paragraph Sandwiches and all that Jazz

Writing a sophisticated research essay involves putting together a sophisticated argument.  So what is it that takes your content to the next level? What is that hooks your reader? Tell your reader exactly where you are going to go and how you plan to get there […..see all]

A Question of Balance

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….but mainly it was just repetitive and a hectic scramble to meet deadlines! In the last month I have marked a grand total of 221 law papers. Or, to put it in language that makes me look even more productive: I have read, marked[…..see all]

Conquering Class Participation!

I’m covering a month’s worth of tutes for a colleague of mine at the moment – and just quietly, it feels fantastic to be teaching this semester (babies are not necessarily a career killer!) – and as part of my prep I read the Subject Guide. To my surprise, I discovered that […..see all]

The Things I Wish I’d Known About Law Essays When I was an Undergrad

I have been a student of the law for TEN WHOLE YEARS now. I write that in caps because not only am I a little bit surprised that the time has gone so fast (since when did I get so old?) but also because I am impressed by my permanent-student status. Avoiding full time […..see all]

Putting the RESEARCH back into ‘Research Essay’

My favourite place in the whole world (apart from Sydney Harbour, the pool, East Coast beaches, AND anywhere with a swim up bar) is the library. Libraries are so warm! So inviting! A mecca of comfy chairs and rows upon rows of glorious books just waiting to teach you a million interesting things […..see all]

How Much is Your Face Worth?

Claudia Schiffer once had her face insured for $5 million. Actress America Ferrara’s smile is insured for double that, a cool $10 million. So if you’re a celebrity, it’s probably possible to accurately value the worth of your face in dollar terms. However, for the rest of us mere mortals who don’t need […..see all]

Confessions of a Law School Marker

Let’s be honest, I’ve worked really hard to be at the bottom of the law school food chain. I have sent hundreds of emails to different academics over the years, hoping, just hoping, that they have research funding and so can outsource their marking to someone like me – a permanent student in need of a hit of cash before semester break.[…..see all]

De-Mystifying Legal Problem Solving

Legal problem solving is an art, and definitely a skill that develops throughout your law studies. However, no matter how good the problem solving guides in your course materials are, students generally make the same types of mistakes when it comes to answering hypotheticals. As a marker […..see all]

5 Tips for Writing a Better Law Essay Introduction

After reading the first few sentences of a law essay, most markers will start to formulate an idea of the mark range. If they start with a Credit, Pass or Fail mark in mind, it becomes incredibly difficult for the paragraphs that follow to drag the paper back up into the higher […..see more]

Achieving Success as a Law Student

There is no doubt that law students are bright, capable, hard-workers. However, the standard of the competition, compounded by overly general marking criteria and minimal feedback, means that breaking into the higher mark ranges for your subjects can be elusive. And – when you do manage to crack a Distinction or High Distinction, you are not always certain why […..see all]

Strategies to Motivate Yourself to Study

You are sitting (ok slumping) at your desk, laptop open and papers and books surrounding you, giving the impression that you are hard at work but actually, when you try to research or write, your mind is either going blank or your eyes are glazing over when you try to concentrate on the screen (or both). You might be overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, and are waiting [….. see all]