- Actually go to the lectures and tutorials
This is kind of a given but cannot be emphasised enough. Although you may not want to walk to Avenue for a 9am legal skills lecture after an Occies Wednesday, it is definitely worth the effort. As not all lectures are recorded, being present in the lecture makes picking up new topics a lot easier than just reading your friend’s notes.
- Buying books
If you have not already bought your course textbooks, then do not feel like you have to buy every one of them brand new. Second and third years will often sell their old books at much cheaper prices, plus you might be able to pick up some from the library.
- The dreaded reading
Whenever you tell anyone that you’re going to be studying law, chances are they’ll say ‘sounds like a lot of reading’. Although this is kind of obvious, it definitely is manageable. If you keep on top of it, and make notes as you go, your future self will thank you when you’re revising for exams. Also, don’t feel like you have to read every case from start to finish as that is just a bit unrealistic really.
- Have a balance
Studying law does take up a lot of your time, but having some time to wind down is essential for your health and wellbeing. Whether that be joining a society, going to the gym or just having some nights in with your flat, do make time to do things you enjoy, as uni is about far more than just the degree. Law Soc have a netball and badminton team, so why not sign up
- JOIN LAW AND INNS SOCS
On that note, you should definitely join the Law Society and Inns of Court Society (shameless self-promo I know). Membership is £35 for the three years and that gives you access to both societies. Plus, you’re going to get that money back with the money you will save when you can buy the discounted ball tickets. But also, make sure to get involved with the academic stuff on offer, such as mooting and negotiation competitions. As you will hear A LOT, you need this kind of stuff to make your future applications stand out, and although it may feel like you’re very early on in your career path, law moves very quickly so you need to dive in straight away.
- Do not be afraid to ask for help
Finally, studying law is not always going to be easy, and if you are every struggling, do not be afraid to ask for help. If it is module specific, then drop your lecturer an email, or check their office hours and pop into their office and they will be more than happy to go through a subject again. If you want some general advice, then your PASS mentor (who is a second year law student) will be happy to help. For anything else, particularly pastoral problems, your personal academic tutor is always there.