As many of you know, I’m about to start my second year of law at university and, as the new semester approaches, I thought now would be a great time for me to share my experience with law school and what it’s like. I also received a few questions from you which, hopefully, I’ll be able to answer!
The transition between A-Level law and a degree level law is a lot harder than people think. Looking back to when I attended sixth form, the workload seems a lot easier than what it is now. Along with four bits of assigned work each week for each one of my modules, there are over thirty hours of reading, attending classes, moots, negotiations, presentations, essays, as well as societies that can really boost your knowledge on the things that you will be doing on a daily basis This is all the academic work that I have each week, not including my participation in other societies which, unfortunately, I won’t be able to do this year due to now having a part-time job to balance as well, and also a social life, which is a must for university students.
There seems to be a great deal of stereotyping in films as to what law school is like. Many of them portray law students to be snobby and rude and, while a fair few can come across that way, the majority I have met so far are kind and supportive of each other. Sure, each one of us wants to get higher than everyone else but, at the end of the day, we all understand the pressure that comes with studying law. Not only is it emotionally draining, but it can be physically draining, bringing on migraines due to the amount of reading.
Balancing a lot at once can be quite daunting, especially for people who have never had to maintain more than one thing before, but you definitely learn a lot of new skills along the way. Before uni, I had no idea how to organize my time but since being here I’m able to focus on my studies, work and social life, while still having time to myself. I’m going to upload a “how I stay organised” post within the next week or so, showing you how I’ve prepared for the new semester.
As stated in previous uni-related posts, the lifestyle is very expensive but, if you budget and plan ahead, you’ll find you can save yourself a lot of money. I plan my meals ahead, as well as buy my books second hand, preferably going to the library instead, and bringing a travel mug of coffee rather than spending an unnecessary £4. I was never a big coffee fan before uni, but ever since I’ve started, I’ve found myself addicted to the stuff whenever I’m feeling tired or cranky.
With regards to actual revision, you need to start ASAP as there is a lot of material to learn and take in, starting from the beginning of the year will allow you to feel much more relaxed during exam season (check out my exam advice post here). You need to stay 100% focused and put all your efforts into your work. I constantly remind myself to work hard but play harder, giving myself plenty of breaks and opportunities to hang out with my friends.
If you have anymore questions, please feel free to send them in as I love interacting with all of you.