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Important COVID-19: Find out how we can help if your teaching has been impacted by the Coronavirus.

Support and resources for law students during COVID-19

We understand the challenges that you will be facing at this time, having to shift your normal way of learning in the classroom, to learning at home, whilst still completing coursework and preparing for online exams. Such uncertain times can also create feelings of worry and anxiety, which is completely normal. We've gathered some resources together which we hope will be of help to you.

Student wellbeing


BeingStudent wellbeing article in isolation can be lonely and create feelings of anxiety or stress. Below are some tips taken from an article created by Dr Dominique Thompson, a Student Wellness Consultant, for our sister organisation Epigeum.

1. Keep to a healthy daily routine - eat, sleep, rest and talk with others regularly

2. Plan when you are going to study and take regular breaks

3. Stay active - go out for a daily walk, cycle, or run

4. Try out mindfulness or gratitude - there are apps available to guide you.

5. Distract yourselves with positive techniques - focus on one thing you can see, hear, taste, smell, touch, or feel.

Click here to read the full article.

You can also visit the Student Minds website, which is updated regularly with resources and guidance to support you in looking after your mental health.

Study and exam success

Lee Roach booklet 2When undertaking a law degree, your primary aim is to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to become a good lawyer. The secondary aim is to demonstrate and apply this skills through passing assessments.

Lee Roach, author of books including Concentrate Company Law has written a helpful booklet of tips on preparing for, and taking exams. Check out Lee's top tips for revision at the bottom of this page, or download the booklet for free here.


You can find further study tips through the following websites:

Lawcareers.net                                   Lawbore                                Allaboutlaw

Study & Revision Guides

Our Concentrate and Q&A study and revision guides are available as paperbacks, ebooks, and as one complete collection on our online platform, Law Trove. Our Q&A guides contain a chapter on skills for success in coursework assessments, and are also supported by a range of online study tools, including extra essay and problem questions, online versions of answer plans, and audio commentary.

Nigel Foster, author of books including Concentrate Q&A EU Law has recorded a podcast with advice on exam technique, you can listen to it here.

Statutes

The books in our Blackstone's Statutes series are a vital reference tool for your studies, and are often used as a resource in exams. Robert G. Lee, editor of Blackstone’s Statutes on Public Law and Human Rights has provided some practical advice and guidance on how to use your Blackstone’s Statutes book in an exam. You can read it here.

Making the most out of lockdown

If you want to utilize your time in lockdown to continue learning and developing your skills, read our five top tips below.

ExpandClose5 top tips on utilizing lockdown

1. Read books

It's important to have some down time, so if you want to read something aside from your textbooks, why not try Richard Susskind's Tomorrow's Lawyers - it's a definitive guide to the future for aspiring lawyers, and is a must read for anyone studying law. You can purchase it in print, or download it as an ebook from your preferred provider.

2. Listen to podcasts

The great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them whilst on the move, so why not try out a new one during your daily exercise? More from Law, The Puplillage Podcast, and Law Pod UK are ideal for aspiring lawyers to listen to.

3. Improve your commercial awareness

Commercial awareness is a key skill for a future lawyer, so make sure you keep up-to-date. Check out the commercial awareness hub from LawCareers.Net.

4. Think about what area you want to specialise in

There are lots of different practice areas in law, so when thinking about your future career it's important to consider which areas your skills and interests lend themselves to. When you come round to applying for work experience, focus on applying in these areas to make sure they're a good fit.

5. Update your CV and LinkedIn profile

Use this time as an opportunity do things you otherwise might not get round to; updating your CV and LinkedIn profile is a good example of this. Make sure it reflects where you are now, and includes any relevant work experience or training.

ExpandCloseLee Roach's revision tips

1. Different subjects may take more/less revision time. You may want to allocate more revision time to subjects that (i) you find difficult, (ii) are assessed 100% by exam, or (iii) contribute a greater number of credits to your overall degree.

2. Statute books are useful because they minimize the amount of statutory material you need to memorize. But only quote where it enhances the essay to do so.

3. Identify the legal issues that the problem requires you to discuss.Then discuss each issue using the 'IRAC' process:

I = Issue. Identify the legal issue involved.
R = Rule. State succinctly, but accurately, the applicable rule(s)
A = Application. Apply the legal rule(s) to the facts of the problem
C = Conclusion. Conclude the problem (e.g. is the defendant guilty/liable?)

4. To avoid the appearance of subjectivity, you should never (unless told otherwise) write in the first or second person. Instead of saying 'I think that...' you should say 'it could be argued that...'.

5. OSCOLA (the referencing system used by many Law Schools) provides guidance on when it is appropriate to use abbreviations, and how you should use them. For example, if you repeatedly refer to the Human Rights Act 1998, you can abbreviate it to HRA 1998, but make sure that abbreviating the Act this way causes no confusion.

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