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Worried about starting third year? Unsure what to expect? Hopefully this will clarify some questions many of our students have.
Undertaking your Law degree was never going to be easy, there was always going to be loads of reading, researching, deadlines, late nights and lots of coffee – we have ALL been there (and survived)
First and Second year
First and second year are tough as there is already so much going on, socially and academically, and you have to adapt to a completely new learning style. Coming straight from school, and moving to a new city, it can be hard to adjust but you do get used to it very quickly. In my first year I felt totally overwhelmed – I was hearing words such as Westlaw, dicta, journal, statutes and I had no idea what all of this meant as these were all new concepts to me. However, as first year went on, it became much clearer. During first and second year, I did apply myself, but would still use the phrase “this is first and second year, it doesn’t matter” or “it doesn’t go towards my degree” WELL, IT DOES MATTER!!!! First and second year are vital as recruiters do look at your grades and start to ask questions if your grades aren’t great – My advice to anyone reading this, is apply yourself from day 1, treat the course 9-5 even where you do not have class and you will find the transition to honours level a lot easier. The first two years at university are important as you learn a lot of the basics which you are expected to know by the time you reach third and fourth year. Don’t worry, there’s still time to find your groove if you still unsure what your courses are all about…remember we have all been there)
Third and Fourth year (honours years)
Firstly, DONT WORRY – you’ve got this far and are halfway through your degree – well done!
I won’t lie, it is hard, and there is a huge step up from first and second year. You are now studying for exams which will have an impact on your degree classification. Firstly, you get to choose your modules, so you now have the chance to study subjects that you are interested in, which makes a huge difference. Secondly, you have two modules, so you can divide your time more evenly and you have less textbooks to carry about (which for law students is a huge bonus!). For second years reading this, don’t be scared or nervous, just be prepared and aware that there will be a step up from first and second year. It is not the actual substance of the work which is harder, it is the fact that you have less class time and you have to teach yourself a large proportion of your modules. SO, be very disciplined, attend all your seminars and keep up to date with all your work.
My advice for those going into third year –
Lastly, it is a hard degree, but it will be worth it in the end, so just keep your head up, stay positive and enjoy your time at University!
This blog was written by our Social Media Convener, Lucy Douglas.