Ten simple tips on how to get the most from your Law degree
Approaching your Law degree can be very daunting at first. Unlike your other University friends you are informed about the strict boundaries of the LLB- told that you do not get to choose modules for the first 2years, and given many essays to write from term one. Relax, you are one of the selected few accepting on the demanding course and there are many transferable skills you will gain from your studies.
I’m going to give you ten tips for your law degree that I wish I was provided with on day one of my legal studies:
1. You are given a large volume to read during this course. Teach yourself how to Speed Read. This is a skill that can take time to perfect so I recommend you start from the first year of your studies. Not everything in the textbook or journal is relevant; identify key words and scan through the text looking for those terms. There are plenty of seminars held on Speed Reading at different Universities. See if your university offers these classes. If not, turn to Youtube!
2. Aiming for a grade 70 per cent or higher requires an understanding of current issues relate to the legislation you are examining. Read newspapers and keep up with current fairs
3. Don’t make your final argument at the beginning of your essays. The examiner wants you to illustrate your knowledge. Firstly, eliminate all wrong answers before you get to your golden point.
4. Write detailed plans before you write any essay. This will help you structure your arguments
5. Follow the PEE rule in essay writing. Firstly, make your “P”oint, then provide an “E”xample of previous precedent that supports your argument. Finally, “E”valuate- is your example supportive of your original point? Make sure you explain why!
6. Your peers can be valuable to you. Discuss issues together in a small group before you attack any given task. Focus on each other’s strengths and learn from your group.
7. Record your lectures- it can be very useful to listen back to your teacher’s remarks on the topic; especially around exam period.
8. Be smart about the electives you choose. For example, if you are interested in Corporate Law and hope to specialise in this field, choose topics that will complement this. You may have to later explain your choices in an interview.
9. All mocks and practice essays are important. The advice you receive is invaluable.
10. There is a great deal of hard work ahead of you but approach each task with a positive outlook and enjoy your law degree!