Essay on Legal Studies: Tips on Hsc Extended Responses

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Pages: 7

1. Introduction
The introduction to your essay is an important paragraph. It is the first thing the reader sees. A good introduction should
1. Introduce the reader to the general topic
2. Identify the focus or purpose of the essay
3. Outline the scope, that is, the points to be covered
Your introduction (and the conclusion) just frames the essay, and should not do any of the real work of explaining, justifying or arguing which is all done by the body of the essay.
When writing your introduction, first, organize your thoughts and create an outline. Once you are ready to write your introduction, keep a few simple points in mind. Be brief and to the point. An introduction is usually one paragraph. Have at least three sentences but no
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Many students fail to write good answers to essay and short answer questions because they do not read the question carefully and/or do not answer all parts of the question. Taking time to understand question is worth marks to a student.
2. Plan your answer
It is essential that you plan your answer before you stm1 writing. In this way you can make sure that you include all relevant material and that you give yourself enough time to answer all parts of the question. For short answer questions it is important to plan before you start writing so that you include enough information to maximise marks. This plan can be very simple eg sub-headings
3. Give relevant, factual information
Make sure the information you give is both relevant and factually correct; do not include information that has nothing to do with the question.
4. Use appropriate terminology
Include relevant and accurate legal terms when appropriate. Use of key terms from the themes of the Stage 6 Legal Studies Syllabus should also be used where relevant.
5. Include relevant legislation, media reports, cases, treaties, and/nor documents
This is a requirement of the rubric. Do not outline in detail but use only where relevant to support point that you are making.
6. Use objective, logical arguments
Try to set out your arguments in a step-by-step fashion. Do not be subjective or emotional about an issue. Give both sides of the argument and use examples to illustrate your arguments.
7. Write