Friday, 9 November 2012

LLB LAW: The First Weeks

Hello readers! It's been a long time since a post hasn't it? I'm still alive, almost so don't worry!

Okay so 6 weeks have passed into this course. For anyone who doesn't know, I'm studying for a Law degree in the UK (the LLB). This post is also geared towards people who are thinking of studying law at university.

Right now, I'm sleep-deprived, nauseous from so much reading and frustrated from not understanding anything.

University is nothing like college was. It's like a jump into an abyss. There's so many concepts and terminology that I've never come across so everything feels alien. But I think I'm getting there in terms of understanding the topics we've been introduced to. It's probably obvious but the most important part I think of studying law at university is the reading workload.

I don't have many essays to write. I've written one drafting assignment and one practice problem based essay. But I know some students who have already written more than 3 essays. I was quite surprised to be honest, as I thought we'd be given essays to write every week.

Lectures are okay but they tend to be quite fast-paced and it's hard to keep up with lecturers who talk fast so I'm going to be buying a netbook or a tablet to help me take notes in lectures. It's also easy to get distracted. Lots of people use their phones during lectures which I find pretty rude so if you're that kind of person, try and stick to the back of the lecture halls. However I would advise against spending most of the lecture on your phone.

It's distracting when you're listening to the lecturer and the person next to you is tapping on their phone. Try and stick to using your phone during breaks and out of lectures. Lecturers also notice their students aren't listening when they're looking at their crotches for extended periods of time and smiling.

I find that going through lecture slides before the lecture (if they're available) is useful. If your lecturers don't upload the slides then read through a textbook for an introduction or you'll be sitting in a 2 hour lecture and no idea of what's going on.

Overall, the workload is large and difficult but I'm enjoying it so far. At first things don't make sense but it gets easier.

I'll update about my progress soon! Hopefully while I'm studying for exams over the Christmas holiday.

Kamille.

9 comments:

  1. Glad you're adjusting and liking it. Yeah, texting in class is rude, but is it any more rude than day-dreaming during class, like we used to do, before iphones, etc? Stick to it. I'm glad for you.

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    1. I agree but day-dreaming is less obvious and not as distracting for lecturers and other students!

      Thank you!

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  2. Haha! I know what you mean! I'm on my 10th university essay, and I only started in October! The workload is incredible compared to school, and you are definitely thrown in at the deep end :p That being said, I find the environment of university is a lot better, seeing as everyone is paying good money to be here, and I've decided that it's worth the stress to have so many great opportunities avaliable!

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    1. Aw! I feel for you! 10 essays is a very heavy workload while you're still halfway into the semester! I know what you mean. I have no more spare time!

      The environment is better but I think we all still have the qualities and habits we learnt in school which are going to take a while to reform.

      Good luck in university! I hope the workload gets lighter for you! And it's a pleasure to meet you!

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  3. When I was at Uni in the UK, one of my house mates was doing a Law degree. I remember him talking about the amount of reading he had to do, especially researching cases, and learning past cases and stuff. You're only six weeks in, and hopefully the fog will clear soon. Keep at it!

    If only there were iPads or such tablets when I was at university. I would have used one to record the lectures so I could play them back later to check my notes, and to revise for exams. I think that would be a useful investment. :)

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    1. Cases is the majority of the course but the language is very hard to understand so it becomes a chore! Thank you!

      I might get a tablet just so I don't have to look up at the screen so often!

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  4. Back when I attended college, it also annoyed me to notice others wasting class time on their phones. It was like, seriously? You can't wait a measly hour or two to do that after class?!

    Anyway, glad to hear you're enjoying university so far, even if the workload is massive! It was nice seeing an update from you again after being MIA for so long. Hope everything continues to go well for you! :)

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    1. Yeah I know! It's not like they've got a business call they're waiting for either!

      Thank you! I'm glad about this update too! I miss this blog! I think I might try and get one more update in a week or two!

      I hope you're doing okay! And sorry for being missing for so long!

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    2. It'd be great to see another update from you in a week or two! No worries if you can't get around to it, though. University can be so draining, of both time and energy! I admire you for being able to keep up with it.

      Yep, I'm doing well, thanks for asking! Most of my time is spent making art anymore, which is always fun. :P

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