SURVIVING

LAW SCHOOL

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Work smarter
not harder

Get the basics right. Go to lectures, do the assigned reading ahead of seminars and ask questions in class.

Master the art of
time management

Law courses are renowned for heavy reading lists. Plan your workload one or two weeks ahead and choose a study buddy (or a happy-to-help housemate) to hold you accountable.

Get involved

The university experience is about more than just going to lectures. Broaden your horizons by joining societies, learning a new skill, making new friends and learning more about yourself.

Be your
best self

Don’t spend time comparing yourself to others — concentrate on what you can learn, how you can develop and what you want to get out of your law school experience. Have confidence in yourself.

Follow your heart

Select modules you have a genuine interest in, not ones you think look impressive. Allocate enough time to review your options; read the guide carefully and speak to previous students if possible. You will be spending a significant amount of time on these subjects, so choose something you are passionate about.

Have fun

Course assignments, essay deadlines, pupillage and training contract applications are stressful. Don’t forget to take a breath and enjoy university. If you think you’re busy now, wait until you’re working!

Develop and grow

Push yourself in your studies but also take the time to develop your transferable skills outside of academia. Volunteer with your university’s pro bono clinic, visit the Careers centre to find local part-time work or join a society committee. They will all provide you with great experience.

Become a
master of legal research

As part of your studies, you have access to legal research databases like Lexis ®Library. Take the time to really get to grips with these resources now. Legal research is a core legal skill. It is done by solicitors, barristers, paralegals and legal secretaries every day, and is not just something you need to pass your qualification.