FROM A FORMER LAW LECTURER
To Help You Survive Law School
Finding the right law tutor to support you throughout your degree is not an easy task, though the benefits of working with the right person are definitely worth it. From proofreading your law essays to helping you select the right materials for exam revisions, a good law tutor should be able to support you in many ways. But to find the right person to work with during your LLB? If you've been asking yourself this question for a while, below I have provided a few tips that will hopefully help you solve this problem!
Over the years of working as both a lecturer at a University and a private tutor afterwards, I have seen so many students struggling with managing stress before essay submissions. I really feel for them because I can still remember when I was a student myself and how difficult it was for me to wrap my head around how I was supposed to cope with all of those deadlines and - at the same time - have a life. Law tends to be particularly stressful because there is a lot of pressure on you. When you start studying law, everyone keeps saying that it’s the most difficult subject to study, that many people don’t succeed etc. etc. Then there is pressure (which you might not be aware of yet if you're early on into your degree) related to getting a job after graduating. On top of that there is a massive reading workload in law school which you have to cope with on a weekly basis. Moreover, doing a law degree is very difficult because you have to learn many complex legal subjects at the same time and in a very short period of time. You need to learn the new terminologies, and you need to really be able to read an awful lot and stay focused on the reading even when it gets difficult. So the question is, how do you make sure that you’re not so stressed out before the submission of your law essays? There isn’t really a quick fix here. Its really more of a holistic approach to making sure that you reduce the stress levels. It really comes down to very basic things.
If you're anything like most law students in the UK, you will find the idea of formatting your footnotes and bibliography according to the OSCOLA referencing style just dreadful. This particular aspect of law essay writing tends to be very tedious and time-consuming. Unfortunately, it's absolutely necessary that you know how to reference law essays properly in order to get a first. If you're confused about what the OSCOLA referencing style is and how to reference your essays using it, this article will help clarify a few things.
Every October I get plenty of requests from law students asking this very basic question: How do I write a good law essay? If this question has been on your mind for a while now, keep reading because in this post I will talk you through the legal essay writing process step-by-step, including gathering background information, finding the right research papers and journal articles, creating an outline, including legal analysis and personal opinion in your essay and actually answering the question asked.