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Legal studies and pre-course essentials

On the following pages you'll find invaluable advice, hints, and tips to help you make the most out of law school.

How many students apply to study law in the UK? What does pro bono mean? If you're planning on studying law, you need to take our quiz to ensure you're up to speed.

Essential pre-course reading for all law students...

Moore and Newbery-Jones
The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law
by Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones

Packed full of insights, advice and perspectives from current and past law students, it is the only student guide to draw extensively on real-life examples and advice to help you make the most of your studies. Find out more >>

Why a camel? Whilst you may not associate legal study with a camel, it relates to a quote from Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein which features at the start of the book - 'Straining at gnats and swallowing camels is a required course in all law schools'. Find out more in chapter one.

I wish I'd known! The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law provides snippets of advice from real law students on a whole host of issues, including:

'I wish I'd introduced myself to more people and just been more forward in meeting friends...I would say my best friends and those I often work with aren't the people I met in the first week or so. It's so important to not just stick with the first friendly group of people'. Alexandra Townsley, University of Nottingham, Year 3

'You shouldn't worry about feeling a bit lost or stressed in the first week, as almost everybody feels that way!' Fiona Lin, University of Cambridge, Year 3

Essential reading




 First Steps in the Law

Introduction to the English Legal System 2019-2020 

 How to Write Law Essays & Exams

 Geoffrey Rivlin

 Martin Partington

 S I Strong

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