COMM 393 – Commercial Law
Author: Roy Huang, BCom 2017 – Accounting
Year course was taken: 2015S
Final mark obtained in course: A+ (90%)
About me: I am a relaxed commuter from Burnaby who likes to eat with friends, watch hockey and meet new people. I get somewhat good marks (just enough to belong in the top 10% of graduating class). Doing a double option in Accounting and Operations and Logistics, I am also an aviation enthusiast.
COMM 393 is one of the few law courses offered to UBC undergrads and certainly a very applicable course in everyday life. That being said, to do well in this course does require a fair amount of memorization of past cases and knowing when and how they would apply on exam questions. Here are the C-M-P Tips to help you excel in this seemingly difficult course.
To postpone reading the cases is never a good idea in this course. To memorize what happens in a stack of cases and to match each case corresponding to their respective law concepts in the few days before exam would be too much stress. It is far better to keep up with reading the cases as the course progress. Knowing the outcomes of each case through reading it yourself also helps with answering exam questions, as the scenarios in exam questions can be insanely similar to the textbook cases!
Writing an essay for an answer may not get you any points if you are off in the wrong direction yet a simple paragraph may be all is needed for a perfect answer that scores you full points. Having the right makeup and structure when formatting an answer is essential to avoid forgetting rules and cases. Knowing what to write and how to write it can save you time and help you develop the right logical flow. Following the IDEA method is a good way to get you started!
Identification – Identify the law issue(s) in question. What is the setting and what are the related laws applicable in this case?
Definition – Define each law term you have identified and the rules and requirements regarding this law concept. According to this law concept, what would happen?
Explanation – Explain how the law term and its rules and requirements are similar to the circumstances of this scenario. Make sure to address your explanation to what the question asks!
Application – Apply the cases from textbook that you believe would fit, even if the outcome of the precedent case was different. (In which case you should note down that this case is different from the circumstances in the textbook case)
Practice is, in my opinion, an important component of this course. Doing more practice questions can expose you to looking at a variety of different scenarios and ways the exam questions may be asked. You would also be trained to answer questions faster, saving you time during exams.
Last point of advice: Never leave a question blank! If you are running out of time, put down whatever you can in point form. Best of luck in this course!