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Hey

I think im shit at law

This post is after spending teh last 2 hours reading a 2 page case and not understanding anything. Not exagerrating.

Can I please have some advice on how to read cases effectively? I'm talking about handling the paragraph-long sentences, quadruple negatives, esoteric pompous bs archaic english used, and other language obstacles.

If not, where can I seek (non psychiatric) help for my numerous problems?
 

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Foundations (lol)

But does it matter? If i cant even read these stupid first yr cases then Im screwed either way.
 

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foundations i bet
i bet your case is cooper v stuart :?

anyway it takes a while to adjust to how judges write their bullshit
i find now that they abuse the comma alot to make these huge sentences

just takes a while, im sure S Rank people wont have many problems for too long.
 

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ahahaha if only...

At this rate I can't imagine myself learning or "getting used to" reading cases
Even the non-case material is pretty dense stuff

The case i was just on is called Namatjira v Raabe [(1959) 100 CLR 664] but all cases are the same. Every time I reach a case its deja vu and the feeling of shit all over. Waah i still havent finished my reading for tomoro so I have to read on the train.

I hate my lecturer.
 

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You can do my hsc while i do your law degree, how does that sound? :p

eww jane austen :/ **** i hated reading emma.
 

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Jago said:
You can do my hsc while i do your law degree, how does that sound? :p

eww jane austen :/ **** i hated reading emma.
Then you'll hate reading judgments, to be sure :p
 

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Giant Lobster:

the bad news - the reading load only gets progressively heavier...

the good news - you'll learn to read cases :)

practice makes [close to] perfect.
 

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i won't mind if it's in a legal context...

Jane austen wrote in a regency England, upper middle class female-ugly-bitch context.
 

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now you have judges writing in a upper middle class WASP legal rant context
it still sux lol
 

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Jago said:
i won't mind if it's in a legal context...

Jane austen wrote in a regency England, upper middle class female-ugly-bitch context.
How dare you slight lady Jane!
 

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Giant Lobster said:
i shouldev done actuary
Or maybe you could've done a degree for interest rather than money?
PS Engineering actually pays decently;)
 

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pfft who says lawyers are rich
my original plan was that a law degree would help me in commerce

law grads arent rich... only the ones that are good (but then if you're good at anything youll be rich)
 

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Giant Lobster said:
pfft who says lawyers are rich
my original plan was that a law degree would help me in commerce

law grads arent rich... only the ones that are good (but then if you're good at anything youll be rich)
Ahh fair enough, carry on.
 

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lol I happen to love Jane Austen's writing style, but anyhow...

Sucks to be you GB, 2nd in maths and sucking in English, and using your marks to run head on into Law :p
 

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Find enough time to actually digest the content. Time is what I find hardest to cope with. (Since it takes you 2 hrs to read 2 pages).

Therefore 1hr/page.

Say we read 60 pages a week (which is an understatement)...= 60 hrs/week.

60hrs/week x 13 (ours is 13 anyway)week semester= 780 hrs/semester...

on top of your other readings.
Imagine if you had two or three law subjects/semester...
 

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santaslayer said:
Find enough time to actually digest the content. Time is what I find hardest to cope with. (Since it takes you 2 hrs to read 2 pages).

Therefore 1hr/page.

Say we read 60 pages a week (which is an understatement)...= 60 hrs/week.
it takes you 1 hr to digest a page? bro you're waddling over immaterial details. :rolleyes:
 

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yeah that must be it

i find that i comprehend much more when i force myself to scan-read cases, even though i only digest 50% of it.

how do you guys read cases? heavily fixated on individual words, reiterating each sentence mentally 3 times? or just scan read twice?
 

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