Examination papers and Examiner’s reports 2008
tell you which are the most important journals, series of law reportsand websites generally for
.The examination is strictly based on the syllabus (see above) so don’tintroduce offences into your answers which are not on the syllabus, nomatter how tempted you are. You will not get extra marks for this. Youare unlikely to have studied these offences in any depth and willtherefore not have sufficient knowledge to discuss them competently.Even if you can, you will, unfortunately, just be wasting your very valuable examination time. This was mentioned in the examinationreports for last year and the year before and it can only be assumedthat, in addition to the candidates concerned, who clearly have notlooked at the syllabus, it may be that lecturers have not done so eitherand have taught these topics. If you are familiar with the topics on thesyllabus, you will be in a position to point this out to your lecturers if they begin to teach a topic which is irrelevant to your studies.Remember, you have more than enough to cover without increasing your workload with additional and irrelevant material.It was evident from a number of papers that many candidates had notrevised sufficiently to enable them to pass. Limiting your revision to asmall number of topics is very dangerous as, if those topics do notcome up on the examination paper, you will not know enough to passthe examination.In addition, far too many candidates mismanaged their time, writingextremely long answers to one or two questions and very short or noanswers to the remainder. This might, of course, be because they hadnot revised sufficiently to enable them to answer more than a couple of questions competently. Whatever the reason, if you do not attempt allfour questions, you are unlikely to pass. All of the questions were answered at least competently by somecandidates and there were some excellent answers. However there were also errors, many of which were common errors that are madeevery year. Some of these are outlined at the beginning of theindividual examination reports and others are dealt with in thecomments on specific questions.It is crucial that you ensure that your knowledge is up to date. It wasobvious from the answers to some questions that a number of candidates had not read the
– or did not givesufficient thought to what they read.
are posted tothe VLE and external system website (www.londonexternal.ac.uk) assoon after 15 February as possible. This is the date up to which you areexpected to be aware of developments in the law in any one year.The Fraud Act 2006 was mentioned in the Examiner’s report last yearand it was surprising to find that even this year there were somecandidates who did not seem to have heard of it. It was in the subjectguide for the year 2007/8 so there was no excuse. Most candidates,however, were aware of it although, unfortunately, some did notappear to know it very well.When using a case as an authority for a legal principle in your answerto a problem question, it is only very rarely appropriate to refer to thefacts of that case. You should state the principle upon which you are