Structuring answers in a level law?Watch
For problem questions, you can pretty much use the following approach, it worked very well for me:
- Analyse the area of law the question relates to
- Pick out any problem elements, for example if it is testing your knowledge on non fatal offences, which offence is it likely to be?
- Discuss these problem elements, why there is an issue in relation to the particular offence? why is the defendant/claimant in the wrong?
- Apply factual legal knowledge to the scenario, what does the law say on this matter? what has D/C done which goes against this? Back this up with case law precedent, this will be your Application, which will form the bulk of your answer as you will be reasoning your points.
- Conclude, what is likely to happen as a result, are there any defences? if so discuss and back up with case law.
- Pick out problem elements
- Discuss what the problem elements actually are
- Apply learnt legal knowledge on the matter to the scenario, backing this up with case law
- Conclude (mention any potential defences if applicable)
Hope that helps!
Problem questions expect you to have a good level of written communication skills. You can set your answer out like this for instance-
A written law analysis pertaining to whatever the question is asking
A short paragraph on some obvious problem elements you have spotted
A paragraph solely focusing on a few different creative ways to apply law theory to your advantage.
A short conclusion at the end. Talk about the results and what you learned. Here you can also reference any law books or helpful articles which you have read. Refer back to any case studies. Use your class notes.
I hope this is useful.