FROM A FORMER LAW LECTURER
To Help You Survive Law School
Having worked as a lecturer, I have plenty of advice to share with law students on how to get a first class degree. But this time I’ve decided to reach straight to the source for even more insights. I spoke to several of my top law students who have been consistently getting firsts for at least two academic terms. Here are the top law studying tips that they wanted to share with you.
Writing case notes and summaries is one of the very first tasks you learn in law school. Most students are confused about how to write a case summary because the lecturers often cover this topic during lectures only briefly. There is also a massive misconception amongst law students who believe that they can only create a good case note if they read the case report in full. That’s definitely not true and this article will prove it to you, so keep reading!
Although it might not seem this way, knowing how to structure a law essay even before starting the writing process is the key to getting a 1st in your assignment. A clear essay outline helps to focus the reading of textbooks and journal articles, saving you a lot of time. It also saves you from waffling and makes you stick to the point, so you don’t have to rewrite the essay several times. If you’re interested to learn how to plan a law essay quickly and effectively, keep on reading.
Many students who fail to get a first in their law essays make the same mistake - they don’t apply the legal academic writing style. As a result, their essays tend to look unprofessional and not really academic. If you want to learn how to avoid that mistake, check out this advice on what is the legal writing style, how to use it in your law essays and why it is important to do it.
As all law students, you must be absolutely overwhelmed with the number of pages which you are required to read for each of your modules every week. What’s more, you are probably struggling to condense all those pages into something that can be considered as a “note”. If those words resonate with you, you are in the right place. This article will talk you step-by-step through how exactly you should take notes from law textbooks.
If you Google “how to learn law” you will immediately see a range of articles explaining very complicated systems which you should follow when studying law. Reading most of those articles can make you want to give up on law school altogether. In reality, learning law is very easy and straightforward. All you need to do is follow the four steps below (nothing more, nothing less).
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 what sort of help exactly should you expect to get from your LLB tutor? If you've been asking yourself this question for a while, below I have provided a few tips that will hopefully help you solve the problem!
Journal articles are the dread of all law students. They are long, confusing and difficult to find. Most students don't even know why they have to include them in their assignments. The good news is that once you put a bit of an effort into learning more about legal journals, they can really help you to improve your essay grades and get a first. So, let's get started!
Though it might at times seem that getting a first in law is nearly impossible, trust me when I say that becoming a good law student is just a matter of following a few simple tips. In my experience, good law students don't go overboard with anything. They just manage their time well enough to meet all of their needs, including studying, getting work experience, socialising, pursuing their hobbies and having plenty of rest. If you want me to get more specific, keep on reading!
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.