FROM A FORMER LAW LECTURER
To Help You Survive Law School
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.