The main differences with Pre-Exam:
- More subjects they can ask about
- You have to decide based on the question which law to consider and which to apply (no possible answers are given)
- You have to deal with DII (a very large, open question advising the client worth 60 marks)
1) Study DI methodology - 8 hours
Learn how to efficiently answer = to get the most marks in time available.
- Ask someone else or get a book (see below).
- Do the DI questions of 2013 one-by-one (don't do Q.2 - law is obsolete) and really study them: what is being asked, how is it being asked, what should be in your answer.
- Look in the Examiners Report for the minimum required (statements + legal basis) for full marks.
- You get marks for giving an answer, and explaining how you got to the answer using the facts you have been given in the question.
- Figure out if you missed a major issue or a minor issue - concentrate on learning lessons about major issues.
- Study Candidates Solution for tips on writing your answer - the phrasing used, the detail level and organisation. Note that these are candidates getting almost full marks on each answer - you do not need to be at this level on all answers to pass. But you need to be able to get close to full marks on the legal subjects you know well.
- You don't need to write full sentences - bulleted short statements are acceptable.
- Note that the compendium is never updated, so some legal provisions may be out of date, and the fees will also be incorrect in many cases.
2) Learn core of legal subjects (EPC and PCT) - 60 hours
Learn how the law fits around them, learn how to find things quickly in your legal book.
- Knowledge is tested by answering questions
- Do the 150 selected questions from the DeltaPatents D Book (see page 9 of the Questions part).
- Do most of them fully, but to save some time do some of them quickly by concentrating on the most relevant part of the answer.
- For the modules with 1 or 2 questions, you can do them all. For the ones with 5 or more, just do every other one - you can go back and do the missed ones in a second run through.
- Copy some of the answers as templates into your legal books.
- Do additional questions in important area where you may be weak (like PCT)