What is it?
The book Tactics for D is a 173-page A4-size book that provides a methodology for Part I and Part II of Paper D of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE).
The idea for this book evolved from a series of courses given at Maastricht University preparing for the EQE.
For most Exam papers it is required to learn the necessary legal background and the substantive requirements related to the subject of the paper. However, it also has to be learned how to answer the paper, i.e., how to formulate the answer in order to score marks.
Paper D is perhaps the toughest of the EQE: it requires a time-consuming trajectory of preparation. Not only a vast amount of information has to be put into the head of a candidate, he/she must also be able to quickly find the appropriate law reference and/or explanation in the Guidelines or the Case Law in the abundance of resource material available.
The book discusses the main themes of the D paper. In particular, it describes an elegant methodology for answering a Legal Question in Part I. The methodology is put to work in some example questions. In addition, a comprehensive methodology is given for analysing and drafting a Legal Opinion following an inquiry from a client in Part II.
The book includes advice in relation to a number of recurring issues as well as a checklist with actions. As an Annex, a comprehensive analysis and model solution of a recent Part II of EQE Paper D is included.
Since 2010, the average pass rate of Paper D is 40% with a standard deviation of almost 10%. A thorough preparation is necessary for having a fair chance of passing the paper. In the opinion of the authors, such a preparation involves learning the law as well as learning a methodology to deal with the questions in the paper.
This book has been kept compact by referring to legal texts as much as possible, instead of copying these texts into the book. It is recommended to look up the legal provisions or read the text in a study book.
Although mainly intended for the Pre-Exam, the book A Self-Study Guide for the Pre-Exam - Part I: The Legal Questions is an excellent source of information in relation to the legal questions (Part I) of EQE Paper D.
In the fifth edition (June 2020), the references to the law and EPO Guidelines have been actualized. In addition, the content of the Annexes was updated.
As an example of a Part II exam paper, a comprehensive analysis and model solution of Part II of the 2016 EQE Paper D is included.
The sixth edition of the book is expected to be published in June 2021.
Maastricht EQE Courses
For information about the EQE training courses at Maastricht University: maastrichtuniversity.nl/eqe-training