10 exam struggles that only a law student will understand

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Should have done a geography degree

1. Cases begin to blur into each other — and into other stuff

In the case of Clooney Silver Fox Farm v Alan Partridge & Crittenden …


2. Concepts also unite

I think I just accepted the offer an easement …


3. The living and breathing nature of the law starts to work against you

“This amendment is not examinable material, but however it is good to know for the purpose of your exams,” said your tutor …


4. You have developed immunity to caffeine

Coffee has taken you this far, but now you just don’t care anymore.


5. The profession you aspire to join seems to be crumbling

The legal news headlines of 2015 haven’t been very encouraging.


6. You have no reserves of mental resilience left to call upon

They were used up months ago. Your arts student friends, who have lounged around all year and entered the exam period feeling fresh, don’t understand this. Which is why you have resorted to imaginary friends: they always listen, and they’re great company when you quietly recite case names to them.


7. Physically you’re under enormous strain

Lugging around Gravells’ Land Law, Archbold and other assorted legal tomes has worn out your back, your thumb has a massive callus, you may have tendonitis and you don’t even know what day or time it is.


8. You are haunted by surreal dreams

Last night I dreamt that Lord Denning and the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 were chasing me down Shoe Lane.


9. You blew all your money on highlighters

Your grande caramel macchiato fund went towards more stationery after the law fair freebies ran out in February. Plus you’re on a money diet in advance of the LPC.


10. There is no light at the end of the tunnel

And at the end of exams there’s, er, more work and stress to look forward to. So it’s onto either vac schemes, or no vacation schemes and months of despair worrying why you didn’t get a vac scheme and what the hell you’ll do with your life.




lol those with impending vac schemes will be worrying themselves senseless about whether they will manage to impress enough.



#8: Last night I dreamt the dean of UCL Laws (played by Jane Fonda) was explaining to me how I missed 70% of the issues on a problem question from the trusts exam



Looks like you have trust issues.

I’ll just leave..



What happened to Thomas Connelly? Sorry to say, but these student posts are quite rubbish.



And then once you get on the training contract, two years of hard graft to get an NQ job…and then it only gets worse from there…:)



This year I have dreamt that I am a statute book and a trust document. Property Law is the most powerful hallucinogen on the planet.



Sorry, but can’t resist: meme misuse on #3…



Last night I dreamt that I was furiously revising case names for an exam, after which I couldn’t remember what I had written, and my exam script was returned to me blank.
I then woke up and could only remember the case names I had made up in my dream.



#11 – “the fear” kicks in every summer for at least five years after you have finished all exams



Had a dream that my parents walked in to the exam room with me and waited there on the side, soon after which my dad started to ask me why it was taking so long, why is three hours etc. clearly not understanding that I am under exam conditions and can’t reply to any of the questions. Needless to say I got up and walked out of the exam at which point I woke up



I have been a lawyer for nearly 30 years. When I began it was great and stayed that way for a while. My advice to you guys now? Don’t bother. Find yourself something else.






My Negligence topic was ‘Tort’ really badly this year…



Law isn’t that hard which is why #6 is illustrated with the assistance of an immunology text.


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