Hypothetical problems (also known as ‘hypos’ or ‘problem questions’) are a way for your teacher to assess your ability to apply the law in different situations. Hypotheticals present you with a fictional legal situation and ask you to advise a client based on the facts of the situation and the law you’ve learned in that subject.
You can generally spot a hypothetical problem right away because it will look like a fictional short story. For example, ‘Paula and Ness decide to start a business selling guacamole…’ etc. You will often then be asked to advise one of the characters about their legal situation based on the facts of the story.
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