Aug 2013

Those long days spent studying in the library may help your grades, but did you know that being cooped up inside, trapped at your desk could actually be doing you harm? By not getting out in the sunshine, you may be missing out on Vitamin D, which is essential to good bone health.

I was recently diagnosed as being Vitamin D deficient. No big surprise there, considering those long study days that come part and parcel with being a law student.

May 2013

There’s nothing quite like showing up to an exam and sensing the tension and fear in the air. Despite having committed to being as prepared as possible for an exam, the stress that exams bring can still have an effect on you. Some common signs of pre-exam stress include: irritability, poor concentration, recurring worrying thoughts, restless nights, and feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

I know pre-exam stress all too well and I’ll admit to being a ‘stress head’. In the lead up to exams, I always felt tense and like I was running on adrenaline. Before exams I would usually feel nauseous and could feel my heart pounding in my chest. So how did I reduce my exam stress? Here are my go-to tips…

May 2013

Having elected to write this article at the beginning of the semester, it’s almost as though I subconsciously decided to use myself as a guinea pig to see just how bad things could get if I neglected myself in the name of law school.

Spoiler alert: I ended up in hospital. Twice. Once in emergency, and now for long term recovery care.

Yep, law school can be a dangerous place!

May 2013

With the end finally in sight, it seems strange that staying motivated in your final lap of the law school race would be difficult. This should be a happy and exciting time, right? 

But apprehension about the future, the uncertainty of what you want to do with your degree and the pressing question of whether you can even find a job in your preferred area makes staying in law school and never graduating seem like a plausible career option in itself.

If you’ll soon be leaving the hallowed halls of law school, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your final year is a proper send off and that you are at least a little more prepared for the big bad world.

Apr 2013

Care packages have always been a big thing in my family. If my siblings or I went anywhere for an extended period of time, mum would bundle up some goodies and send them our way. When I moved away from home to study law, she always made sure that when things were tough or I had exams looming, that a care package filled with love and comfort food found its way to my door.

Nov 2014

Hello friends! It’s quite possible that we don’t know each other yet, but we’ll be good friends in a minute because I’m guessing that if you’re reading this we have a lot more in common than if I’d written an article for Wildfowl duck hunting magazine (It exists - look it up!)

In case you hadn’t noticed (you had), law school is a pain in neck. A very rewarding, fulfilling, ego stroking, pain in the neck, but a pain in the neck nonetheless. And if you’re reading this to find out the trick to getting five HDs every semester, stop reading now. Because we all know the answer to that – hard work. There’s no trick, secret or spell. You have to work hard to do well academically in law. Now that we’ve cleared up what we all already knew (but may have been in denial about), let’s move on. 

If you’re looking for a few tips for balancing law school with life/coping with stress/dealing with the temptation to poke people’s eyes out with a pen during semester, you have come to the right place.

I’m not saying I’ve got it all figured out (I think I’ve probably got about 5% of it down pat), but here are a few tried and tested recipes for the soul that have gotten me through the past four years (note that at this point all of my close friends still have both of their eyes – a small round of applause, please).


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