If it were possible, I would marry flash cards. I love them that much! Many of us used them in primary school to learn vocabulary and times tables, but flash cards are also a fantastic tool for studying law.
We’ve all experienced that shocking realisation of the amount of material we need to learn for a subject. It’s even trickier when you’re faced with a closed book exam, where the only real way to commit everything to memory is the old fashioned way – by rote.
A great notes summary is the starting point of your memorisation efforts. What you need to do then is convert them to a format that will allow you to quiz yourself. Enter flash cards.
It is my personal opinion that going through law school is impossible without our baby lawyer companions by our side. I find nothing more daunting than the prospect of tackling a convoluted administrative law problem question or determining what on earth jurisdictional error is without talking it through with a friend.
That's why study groups are the up there on my list of law school loves, along with chai, blankets and kebabs. Not only do study groups give you a great way of realising that you're not alone in the battle of our law degrees, they also keep you motivated, less stressed and most importantly, inject a little fun into our long, sleep deprived days.
I've come to realise there are a couple of things that can make or break study groups, which I will now call "The 5 Commandments of Study Groups".
‘Aww man, you’re so lucky! You have an open book exam!’ While there are some students who believe this means no study is necessary (I like hearing them banging their heads on the desk during exams!), for the rest of us prepping for an open book exam means trying to synthesise a semester’s worth of learning into some brief, easy to use notes. I’ve found the best way to format these notes is as a quick-reference answer template. Because exams are just over a month away, here are some tips to help you make an awesome answer template…
We have come to the time of semester where most students are planning on getting their assignments under control before the downhill run to the end of semester and exam prep. I’ve always preferred a good research paper or other written assignment to exams, and was usually able to lay the foundations for some good marks with a well-considered and written essay.
Here are my five top tips for writing an awesome law school assignment…
To be honest, there aren’t many things that would persuade me to spend my holidays at university, but the chance to study at Oxford University was never a matter in which I needed convincing. Last year I attended Oxford’s International Human Rights summer school and it was the highlight of my education experience to date.