Memorising legal cases.

Just starting a law course but worried about remembering the cases?

Many of you will be starting law courses soon or you may already have done so. At some point you will encounter your first reported law case and you may wonder how you will remember the case name and what it is about. Don't worry, all law students have concerns about such things. Listen to your tutor and heed their advice but, most of all, think of why you are studying law and why law is important to you and adopt a plan or strategy for managing your case notes and materials.


Doing nothing and not using your notes or textbooks is not an option for success. It is important that you not only adopt a strategy but adopt one which is right for you. Don't put off taking practical steps now, you will only make matters worse and end up not being able to remember anything except one or two cases at best!


There are lots of resources online and in books. These resources include suggestions as to how to remember the case names and how to link key cases to topics and legal principles. There are a variety of methods including graphics and humorous images, word association and flash cards. Have a look and try them out before deciding upon your own plan or strategy. Don't forget it sometimes helps to work with someone else so that you can 'quiz' each other. The more you work at it the easier it gets.


English legal system: essential cases and material

Key cases the English legal system

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