Reading Law

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Why do I heap such pain and suffering onto myself?

Well, this is officially the hardest that I’ve ever worked for any exam in my entire life! That’s not to say that I find Law difficult. On the contrary, I actually find the Law quite easy to understand and apply. The problem is with the exams.

I’ve never sat for a Law paper before this and it’s been ages since I’ve actually written an essay. So, I have no idea what the expectations are and whether my present capability would net me a pass or a distinction.

All that I have to fall back on is some educated guesswork and experience. As an educator myself, I know what kind of things we’re looking for in an examination script. So, I’m a little better informed than many others.

That said, I still have no idea what the expectations are for Law at UM.

To be prepared, I have just decided to work my ass off and see how well or badly I fare. I have essentially cut myself off from the world for most of the last month and locked myself up in my room and Law library to work.

Writing essays was painful at first, having not hand-written things in ages. I struggled to find the pace and to even get my fingers to form the shapes of the words. Now, I have reached the point where I can write about a 1,000 word essay in under 45 minutes.

I pushed myself so hard that I started to suffer – essentially working 18/7 throughout the last few weeks. So, I took two days off before picking up the pace again.

My exams begin tomorrow and will last for two weeks – starting with Tort and ending with Constitution.

I hope to pass all my papers.

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Shawn Tan

Chip Doctor, Chartered/Professional Engineer, Entrepreneur, Law Graduate.

5 thoughts on “Reading Law”

  1. Best of luck to you, Dr Shawn Tan. Law is fragile; in the sense that it must be handled with care. I guess you have to weigh and balance between the many uncertain probabilities 🙂

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