21 tips for surviving law school, as told by law students

21 tips for surviving law school, as told by law students

All the reading!

1. Reading is extremely important. Don't just read before exams and for assignments, read before and after lectures and seminars. Read around the topics. Basically, read as much as you possibly can. It will help your understanding become more lateral.


2. Read key cases and document them efficiently for future reference.


Organisation is fundamental. Resistance is futile.

3. Be an organisational wizard. Learn how to manage your time effectively. For instance, think of your day as a 9-5 job: if you don't have lectures, study during the gaps.


4. Keep a time plan/diary, and stick to deadlines using realistic targets. It will make your life easier.


5. When it comes to revision, accept that it will take time for you to work out which method works best for you.


6. Never miss a lecture or seminar. You will fall behind.


Work smart. Motivate yourself.

7. We know you work hard. You know you work hard. But working hard and working smart isn’t the same thing. Take your first year as seriously as you would your final.

8. Learn how to reference properly. It could mean the difference between good marks and great marks.


9. Additionally, learn how to use your library resources in first year. Do not leave it until final year. Contact the LexisNexis student rep at your university - it will help you with your rese

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Adam joined Tuckers Solicitors as the Practice Director in September 2011, having previously served four years as Practice Director of Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the country’s largest civil legal aid provider.

A Solicitor by background, Adam has had a diverse career in private practice including spells as a residential conveyancer on the one hand and dealing with heavyweight spread betting litigation and international arbitration for Russian oligarchs on the other.

He turned his back on private practice in 2005, after completing his MBA, and he now devotes all his time to the better management of law firms.  As a former legal aid Solicitor, he is sensitive to the passion that legal aid lawyers have to provide the best quality legal services to the most vulnerable in our society.  However, it is his mission to provide a framework for the delivery of legal aid that is commercially sustainable in the face of repeated cuts to the fees paid for legal aid services.