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Aug 2015

Looking back at my first year of university, some things worked out great, but others not so much.

Before diving into my second year, I tried to figure out what did and didn’t work well for me, and looked at ways I could do things differently. 

If you’re just starting your first semester of law, here are a few pointers…

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04
Aug 2015

Were you less than impressed with last semester’s exam results? 

In the first year of my degree I would stock up on nice new stationery and spend so much time organising and re-organising my lecture and study notes that there was very little time left for actual study. After going into my contract law exam with only half my exam notes prepared and relying on printed lecture slides for the rest of the course content, I knew that I needed to change. 

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03
Aug 2015

Advocacy can sometimes be seen as the arch enemy: we know we have to do it, but public speaking, especially speaking before a distinguished member of the legal profession, can be quite daunting.

I practice in criminal law so advocacy is a big part of my job description. I had a lot to learn in my first months on the job, and I had to learn fast. It takes time and a lot of practice, but these days I feel far more confident about standing up in the courtroom.

Here are my tips for improving your advocacy abilities and gaining confidence in the courtroom…

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02
Jun 2015

Whether it’s obsessively checking comma placement in assignment footnotes or creating the ideal colour-coding system for highlighting textbooks, law students can be pretty perfectionistic. This trait normally serves us well, but can have its drawbacks around exam time.

The exam with multiple essays can see the perfectionist law student hand in a high distinction-worthy booklet one, but the detailed analysis of minority judges’ reasoning then gives way to frantic bullet points and barely-answered questions in essays two and three.

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07
May 2015

I’ve always wondered what life would have been like as an online learner, contemplating discussions in student forums or listening to lecturers but never actually seeing my lecturer in person. As I edged closer to finishing my law degree I reflected on ‘what might have been’ had I decided to undertake my law degree away from the social contact of other fellow law students.

So, for the benefit of on-campus law students everywhere, I decided to undertake some research and take a break from campus life and explore distance learning. Here is what I discovered…

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04
May 2015

Do you want to attend another graduation and wear an even fancier robe? Do you want to explore more specific areas of the law than just the Priestley Eleven?  Do you want a better-paid job that’s better suited to your interests than the average graduate role? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then perhaps you should consider a master’s degree.

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