The schools, colleges, and universities of Britain have broken up for the summer. For kids and teenagers everywhere, this means a few blissful, sunny weeks of freedom. But for young adults and soon-to-be-mature students, it means preparing to head to university when next term comes around.
If you are going to enter your first year as a law student this September, there are a few things you might like to know ahead of time.
The Law Society is a Good Idea
During your university’s Freshers’ Week, all of the clubs and societies are likely to set up stands and start vying for your attention. For the most part, these organisations are a chance to indulge in hobbies or cultivate interests outside of your studies. But that’s not all there is to them, and joining the law society is a very good idea. It is a great opportunity to network with fellow law students, improve your potential for learning, and get valuable guidance on things like training opportunities and work experience.
There’s a Lot to Do
Alright, any sensible person goes into university expecting it to be hard work. But law degrees in particular are notorious for taking a lot of effort and, especially, a lot of your time. There is not just a lot of work, but also a lot of reading. This hard work is rewarding, and it doesn’t leave you with no free time at all, but the intensive nature of legal study cannot be emphasised enough. Be as prepared as you can be, and try your best to get on top of your workload (and your reading list) from the very start of your studies. If you get off to a good start and have a good handle on things from the get-go, you will likely find everything a lot more manageable down the line.
If there is a single tip that can help people, more than any other, to adopt the right mindset for the law, this is a good candidate to be that tip. Some subjects are all about the big picture. Not the law. In the law, it’s not just the big picture that matters, but the small details. When dealing with legal matters, every aspect of the law must be properly applied. Often, it is the small details that turn out to have big implications for specific cases with specific circumstances. Law students – and indeed legal professionals – have to be prepared to make a big deal out of the small things, and ensure they don’t write off the trees because they are trying to focus on the whole forest.