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.
Top Law Study Tip 1: Ask the lecturers for help with courseworks
The first law studying tip comes from Michael who is currently a final year student in London:
I completely agree. It’s true that not all lecturers will be eager to give you feedback and advice on how to improve your essays. But if they do that, this might help you understand better how to approach the coursework they set.
Here are some things you can ask your lecturers if you need more support with your coursework:
While not all lecturers will be eager to answer those questions, it’s still worth a try given the potential improvement to your grade.
Note: if your lecturers are not that eager on giving you guidance, you can always check out the 1st Class Law Essay Writing Course I created for students like you.
Top Law Study Tip 2: Listen carefully during revision sessions
The second of the top law studying tips comes from Shaida, a third year student in London:
During a law degree you will study a very wide range of subjects, starting with human rights and finishing on EU law. It’s natural that you will like some subjects more than others and you should not feel guilty about it.
But even those subjects that you’re not particularly fond of will contribute to your final degree grade. You don’t have to love them, but you still have to study for them in a clever way to make sure they don’t spoil your future career for you by lowering your final grade.
Nobody will force you to be passionate about them. But you should accept that if you haven’t done much studying for a particular subject throughout the term, you will really need to be clever about exam revisions.
There is no way that you will learn the entire module in one or two weeks of exam prep. But if you listen carefully during the revision session you won’t have to do it, because you will find out exactly what you absolutely have to focus on to make sure you will get a decent grade.
Here are a few things to pay attention to during exam revision sessions:
At the end of the day, if your lecturer hasn’t covered some of the above points during the revision session, you can always raise your hand or approach them after the lecture and ask the question. It is also always good to compare whatever the lecturer said with past exam papers. It will especially help you to figure out the answers to the last two of the above questions.
Top Law Study Tip 3: Hire a tutor to help you with the first few assignments
The last of the top law study tips comes from a second year law student in Essex, Eric:
I can tell from experience that Eric made a good choice. Unfortunately, these days lecturers working at universities have hardly any time to spare to properly teach law students how to write first class law essays.
Without the extra support, most students don’t ever get a first until they are in their third year. By that time, their chances of getting a 1st in their overall degree decrease significantly. That’s why it’s useful to get support from a law tutor early on in the process.
But, be wary of tutors who don’t provide enough guidance for you to improve quickly, because they want you to keep buying services from them throughout your whole degree. A good law tutor should be able to help you improve your legal writing significantly within a term or two.
Here are some things you should pay attention to when looking for a law tutor: