Our tentative schedule for intensive classes and exam workshops is below. After feedback from previous years we have extended our teaching hours and kepts our costs nearly the same. The Constitutional law intensive classes have been extended by 2 hours and the workshop has been extended as well. We have also extended the hours for the Foundations class and have designed a new exam workshop for that course. We look forward to seeing our returning students and meeting new faces as well. For registration information, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Get your books early.
Get your books early so that you can prepare your own notes for the exams. I strongly recommend that students prepare their own notes from scratch and starting early is key to having a good set of notes prepared by you.
2) Forget what you learned in law school.
Try not to import foreign legal concepts that you may have learned in other countries. Stick to the materials on the NCA syllabus and forget about the rest. Depending on what jurisdiction you come from (particularly those who were tested in closed-book exams), you may even have to forget about your exam writing techniques. See my previous posts about using the IRAC method.
3) Join social networking groups so you can discuss the NCA process with other students or people more experienced than yourself.
4) Set up a regular study schedule and stick to it.
This tip is particularly important for NCA students who are either working full-time or have a family and kids. You need to find a regular time where you can get away and focus on your exams and this time cannot be interrupted.
5) Find a quiet study space.
Again, this tip is important for NCA candidates who have young children. You need to find a space either in your home or outside where you won't be interrupted for up to one hour at a time. For some, that means going to your local library or studying at night when your young ones are asleep.
So you've completed the NCA sample exam but you would like more practice. Where do you find more practice exams and should you even attempt to do practice exams outside of the one's offered by the NCA?
My answer to this question only relates to the 5 core NCA subjects. It is important to test your skills with practice exams as they help you practice your timing on the exam and also give you an opportuntity to test out the notes you've created for the exam.
Where you can find them?
You may find practice exams by visiting different law school websites. Some have databases with past exams for at least the last 7 years. UBC Law Library has a great repisitory which can be found here.
You should be cautious when attempting practice exams from other law schools. Try and and use the most recent practice exams as laws are constantly changing and old exams may be testing an area of law that has been repealed. I do not recommend attempting practice exams for administrative law as the exams offered by the law school focus mainly on provincial procedural statutes. Since the NCA administrative law exam is the same exam which is sat for all of the provinces, the exam does not focus on a particular province's procedural statute. Therefore, past exams from other schools may be testing areas that you're not familiar with and it will be hard for you to discern which questions were designed to test your knowledge of the statutory law and which questions are intended to test you on the common law principles.
Generally speaking, you can use past exams for constitutitonal law, criminal law and in some casese ethics as they test the same concepts on the NCA syllabus.