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Committing to a PhD means spending lots of time in the library in order to realise academic ambitions. Even those, who treat a PhD like a full-time job, quite often spend a considerable time figuring out what they are doing. The question whether a topic is fit for a PhD can be worrisome, especially if it takes a long time to work this out and may result in many changes to the PhD. Most universities require that a PhD is completed within three years.

Many students ask themselves how to answer law problem questions:
Just follow the Issue, Relevant law, Application to facts, and Conclusion (IRAC) system:

Useful tips

1. When answering a legal problem question, do not repeat the facts of the problem question, as this wastes useful time. Do not waffle, but be succinct.
2. Start discussing the claims of each party in the same order as they are mentioned in the problem question, except that are good reasons for not doing this.
3. Structure your argument of the legal topics in a coherent manner.

Being lawyer requires paying attention to detail and having a good memory. Hence, as a law student it is important that one works on improving one's memory and it helps to summarise important matters on one page or to use notes or to associate something with a particular topic. Some law students like using index cards on which they write cases and key facts and principles, whilst others like preparing coloured diagrams.