Preparing for law school

  • Last updated Jul 25, 2016 1:21:30 PM
  • By Billy Sexton, Editor,

Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to law school you go..!

Your undergraduate years may be coming to an end (*wipes single tear from eye*), but you have another two years studying at law school for the law conversion course (or Graduate Diploma in Law) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

These two years are likely to be the most intense of your academic career so far (let’s not beat around the bush here), with students consuming, learning and revising bloomin’ loads of information in a short space of time. So with aspirations to attend law school, what can you be doing now to prepare yourself?

Law school is intensive

Law school isn’t full of soon-to-be trainee lawyers strolling through the GDL and LPC before they amble into the City and collect a tidy wage packet. Just because you got a first or a high 2.1 in your undergraduate studies doesn’t mean that you’ll find the GDL a piece of cake.

It’s intensive and you need to leave some bad undergraduate habits in the past – late nights in the library should become long afternoons and last minute essays submissions should be thrown out of your weaponry entirely. You need to treat the GDL like a job, not a course where you can coast through some parts and turn the heat up in others.

At the same time, know when to take some time off. If you feel yourself burning out, it’s better to do five days of great work than seven days of average work.

Use your time effectively – multitask!

The whole point of going to law school is to come out of it prepared to be a lawyer, right? So it’s important that whilst you’re getting top marks in all your essays, you’re also applying for vacation schemes and training contracts. It’s going to be a tough balance, but if it’s a case of sending off a stellar application that leads to you securing a job as a trainee solicitor and sacrificing a few marks… well, we’ll let you decide if that compromise is worth it (hint: it totally is.).

Do some reading & extracurricular activities

Some preliminary reading on the core areas of law will obvious be super useful. Additionally, you should do some reading around the law in practice, also known as commercial awareness. As we’re so lovely, we have commercial awareness features on and you should also make use of the Financial Times.

You can also prepare for your law career by undertaking extracurricular activities now. Check out what your law society is doing and if you can get involved in any of their offerings, such as mooting. There may even be revision classes for first years which may be useful for you in order to get a background knowledge in the core areas of law.

Law school is no breeze, but you can take some preparatory steps to make sure that it’s less of a rollercoaster! 

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