Things are grim here at the Midnight Court. My first law exams (Kings Inns, Dip 1) loom in less than a month and thus far I have managed to do approximately two and a half hours study (Adverse Possession and, somewhat randomly, Statutory Interpretation*). My mind was somewhat concentrated on reading this case (law suit by persistently failing student on my very own course) via a link from the excellent new suite of Irish Legal Fiction blogs (added to links) maintained by Abhcóide. Hence, I am off to spend the day in the library pictured above. I am a horribly lazy person who hates work and prefers to spend his time on the couch reading, surfing the net, watching tv, playing music, talking shite to my long-suffering wench, eating epicurean fare from boutique delicatessens (usually all at once as I try to cram experience through every sense, pore and orifice during the headlong towards the grave). Somehow, I stumbled into an amazing job some years ago which has the fantastic quality that work cannot be taken home. You go in, perform each day's newly generated tasks according to a very tight deadline which admits of no room for the procrastination which would otherwise be indulged in and go home with nothing on your mind to worry about. And I only do it three days a week. I went from an Arts degree to this, so I've never had the opportunity to develop a sense of discipline, or (ahem, more accurately) never bothered to. So, I've no excuse for now finding myself staring into the academic abyss. But that doesn't stop me from throwing myself at the mercy of my blogopeers (O sweet coinage!) Like a character out of Aesop, I've ignored the pending winter of exam discontent and pranced on sun-drenched hills, wilfully neglecting the gathering clouds, dense with case law, legislative provisions and other legal arcanum. I'm faced with a vast morass of information in six subject areas (criminal, constitution, contract, land, tort and legal systems) which I have no idea of how to go about rationalising, trimming and ingesting in anything other than a random, panicked way. As such, exam tips left in the comments section or communicated by email (theapothecaryguy at yahoo dot co dot uk) will be gratefully and hungrily seized upon, especially from former/current law students. God have mercy on my soul. *If Simon McGarr or TJ McIntyre are in the neighbourhood, I'd be interested to know if they have an opinion on the effect of s. 6 of the Interpretation Act 2005 on data protection lacunae in that it permits a court to give an updated meaning to legislative provisions to take account of technological and other developments which have occurred since the passing of an Act or the making of a statutory instrument. Not that it is necessarily a sufficiently copperfastened protection.