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    Hello!
    I am planning to apply to Cambridge university next year as an international student. The course that i am interested in is Law. I am currently doing the following AS subjects:

    English Literature
    History
    Geography
    Business Studies

    I am considering taking an additional AS level in Russian next year. i will be self-teaching it. I was wondering whether it will give me an advantage? :confused:
    Russian is spoken as a second language in my country, however my first language is Romanian. I am fluent in Russian but my essay writing is not as good and needs improvement. I am also doing EPQ over the summer and am confident that I will manage the workload...
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    if you will find it fairly easy then it is worth doing but unis, especially Cambridge, tend not to give much credit to ASs which are of a language you a fluent in. four a levels and extended project seems more than enough to be honest; my advice would be to try to achieve the highest grades you possibly can in the subjects you are studying now rather than focusing on to much
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    Do you guys reckon I can get away with just reading the EasyRead versions of the law com reports?

    http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/...t_easyread.pdf

    (Seriously, who's their target audience here?)
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    Do you guys reckon I can get away with just reading the EasyRead versions of the law com reports?

    http://lawcommission.justice.gov.uk/...t_easyread.pdf

    (Seriously, who's their target audience here?)
    Just read the summary. You'll be fine. I wrote a whole essay about reform in one of my papers after skim-reading a summary of one of these, 2 weeks beforehand
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    (Original post by gethsemane342)
    Just read the summary. You'll be fine. I wrote a whole essay about reform in one of my papers after skim-reading a summary of one of these, 2 weeks beforehand
    Good timing with that comment, I was about to read a 100 page report on intoxication
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    Does anyone know the schedule for exams this year?
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    (Original post by triste91)
    Does anyone know the schedule for exams this year?
    As far as I'm aware the actual timetable hasn't been released. But all parts of the tripos have a start date of 28th May.
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    (Original post by triste91)
    Does anyone know the schedule for exams this year?
    Ask law students who are back next week - timetables should be made in the next 2 weeks or so. I do know that, contrary to popular belief, they don't just give you the same order as the previous year. (For which I'm glad - if I'd done Part II last year, I'd have had 4 exams in 5 days...)
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    it wont hurt your application, if it turns up in your offer then great. if it doesnt, then you can always flunk it
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    Hey there people, prospective law student here hoping to find out more about the course at Cambridge. Is it true that you guys have to memorise everything except statutes (e.g. law theories/judgments/cases) for examinations? I've browsed a few law books and wouldn't there be an insane amount of stuff to memorise then for examinations?
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    (Original post by g3rcyz)
    Hey there people, prospective law student here hoping to find out more about the course at Cambridge. Is it true that you guys have to memorise everything except statutes (e.g. law theories/judgments/cases) for examinations? I've browsed a few law books and wouldn't there be an insane amount of stuff to memorise then for examinations?
    Yes, it looks insane now but you'll come to bean expert at learning cases and names etc.
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    (Original post by g3rcyz)
    Hey there people, prospective law student here hoping to find out more about the course at Cambridge. Is it true that you guys have to memorise everything except statutes (e.g. law theories/judgments/cases) for examinations? I've browsed a few law books and wouldn't there be an insane amount of stuff to memorise then for examinations?
    Yup. You missed out articles But you drop a lot of the topics and develop a fine ability to blag. Memorising case names becomes easier over time as well.
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    I am disillusioned to a rather high degree with my ratio work done: work yet to do. It's probably something like 1:7. My expectations have gone down to "please give me a decent 2:i".

    edit: now I think about it I'm not sure why I felt everyone needed to know this, maybe I was hoping for someone to say "I'm in the same boat" or something, not sure.
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    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    I am disillusioned to a rather high degree with my ratio work done: work yet to do. It's probably something like 1:7. My expectations have gone down to "please give me a decent 2:i".

    edit: now I think about it I'm not sure why I felt everyone needed to know this, maybe I was hoping for someone to say "I'm in the same boat" or something, not sure.
    I am definitely in the same boat haha.
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    (Original post by triste91)
    I am definitely in the same boat haha.

    (Original post by TimmonaPortella)
    I am disillusioned to a rather high degree with my ratio work done: work yet to do. It's probably something like 1:7. My expectations have gone down to "please give me a decent 2:i".

    edit: now I think about it I'm not sure why I felt everyone needed to know this, maybe I was hoping for someone to say "I'm in the same boat" or something, not sure.
    Ditto to being in the same boat
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    (Original post by gethsemane342)
    Land:

    Human Rights

    Leases OR mortgages (mortgages is easier and smaller - but leases tends to crop up more often)

    Freehold covenants (but the questions are easy. If you like contract, I recommend keeping it)

    Again, a lot of topics are droppable in detail but you should know the outline of most. Human rights can be ignored for definite. What I did last year was know the difference between a lease and a licence and what a lease is and then ignore the rest of it.

    DO NOT DROP: Overriding interests, beneficial interests in land, proprietary estoppel.
    Oo really? I swear mortgages is everywhere (well mortgages coupled with priority analysis)
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    I just need a 2.1. I no longer care how I get this 2.1 - whether it's the lowest possible (i.e. 120, 120, 120, 100, 100) or whether it's one mark off a first. At the moment, the sheer amount of CPE is preventing this from happening.

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    Oo really? I swear mortgages is everywhere (well mortgages coupled with priority analysis)
    IIRC, it's more that they either mention a mortgage in which case you talk about overriding interests or you have the equitable mortgage issue in severance. But the details of undue influence, doctrine of clogs and fetters etc won't really arise much. Of course, it won't be a SB paper this year (I'm going to guess either RT or AG will write it) so it won't be as lease heavy as previous years. I doubt they'll ask you to know FSMA in great detail though (he loathed that part of the topic so it's not in any papers he wrote)
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    (Original post by gethsemane342)
    I just need a 2.1. I no longer care how I get this 2.1 - whether it's the lowest possible (i.e. 120, 120, 120, 100, 100) or whether it's one mark off a first. At the moment, the sheer amount of CPE is preventing this from happening.
    :console:

    I thought it was just me who was alarmed by the amount of CPE!

    The impression I've gotten from the examiners' reports is that you can't really drop any of it, so I'm planning not to do any essays (even though they're easier to blag) since I'll have to know the substantive law inside out anyway. Since it's mainly statute-based with case law regarding interpretation, I'm hoping that doing lots of problems and applying the rules will give me a feel for what to do in the exam!

    (What does "FSMA" stand for? :dunce:)
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    (Original post by Tortious)
    :console:

    I thought it was just me who was alarmed by the amount of CPE!

    The impression I've gotten from the examiners' reports is that you can't really drop any of it, so I'm planning not to do any essays (even though they're easier to blag) since I'll have to know the substantive law inside out anyway. Since it's mainly statute-based with case law regarding interpretation, I'm hoping that doing lots of problems and applying the rules will give me a feel for what to do in the exam!

    (What does "FSMA" stand for? :dunce:)
    When the hell did we even learn about juries and absconding defendants? Ironically, my mother is on jury duty at the moment and when she came in my room to find me sitting on the floor muttering, "How should I know what to do if your juror turns out to be deaf?" she offered to ask the court people for me

    I'd like to do one essay if I can. Not procedure though *shudders*. And I thought contract was bad! But yeah, I am rethinking my revision technique and think I'll just work through problems.

    (FSMA = Financial Services and Markets Act. I think it's the one regulating commercial mortgages. I think the Consumer Credit Act does the domestic ones)
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    (Original post by triste91)
    I am definitely in the same boat haha.
    (Original post by alibaba03)
    Ditto to being in the same boat
    Well this is excellent news, thanks to both of you

    Are any other first years struggling to get their minds around the overlap between tortious and criminal assault and battery? It's causing me some trouble.

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