06
Aug 2013

The first time I was faced with a reflective journal as an assessment item, I wasn’t sure what it was or how to approach it. IRAC no longer applies, and for the first time at law school you’re meant to write in first person. Plus it seems like there’s always too much content to cover. If you’ve got a reflective journal assessment this semester, here are some tips for getting started… 

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05
Aug 2013

I was on Facebook the other day, and saw a quote that said ‘if you can’t explain something simply, then you don’t understand it well enough’. This particular quote was attributed to Einstein. Of course, being the sceptical law student I am, I Googled it, only to find it wasn’t actually a verbatim Einstein quote, but rather ironically, a simplified version of some things he had said. Regardless of the source of this quote, it still rings true.

Lawyers and law students have a reputation for using big, unnecessary and complicated words. Although legal Latin and convoluted old High Court judgments are probably to blame, it really does pay to know how to write in simplified terms. Your lecturers (and in the future, your clients) will thank you for it.

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30
Jul 2013

The days of lectures not being recorded and lectures slides being presented with overhead projectors are fortunately long gone. At most universities you can now choose from face to face teaching, online learning, or a combination of both, meaning that you can fit your studies around your other commitments.

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15
Jul 2013

You might be reading this in bed, having just woken up from a long sleep-in. You might be reading this while you browse Facebook in the afternoon. You might be reading this late at night because you have nothing to wake up early for tomorrow. Or you might be reading this from inside a classroom, having gone back to uni to do winter school.

While most uni students skipped happily straight from exams to holidays, for a few dedicated people the end of exams just meant more time for uni. If you've ever looked at the winter subject list but weren't sure if you should enrol, here's what it's like...

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12
Jul 2013

You’ve nearly finished your LLB or JD and you’re counting down the weeks until you can get out there in the ‘real world’ and never have to worry about essays and compliance with the AGLC again.

But then you remember that despite the horror of last-minute assignments, student life comes with some great perks, like sleep-ins, track pants on a week day and getting to learn about some pretty awesome law stuff.

If you’ve always liked the idea of doing a Master of Laws but aren’t sure whether to keep studying straight after your current degree or to have a few years away from the books, here are some things to consider…

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30
Jun 2013

You spent ages researching and writing an essay or your honours thesis, and get some great feedback. But what do you do with your essay after that? One option is to put your awesome essay to good use and get it published in a law journal.

Journals are full of articles about current legal issues, written by academics, researchers, practitioners and students, so your hard work in legal research and writing will not be wasted.

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