A Level Results Day 2018

Let me first start by saying a huge congratulations to all of you receiving your results today.  You have done so well, and now starts a wondeful (hopefully) 3 or 4 years.  You will have a lot to learn, a lot to spend time on, a lot of decisions to make about options and future career choices.  You will also spend time doing extra-curricular activities whether law related or otherwise.  Making friends, going out, playing sports etc. Enjoy it.

However, I appreciate that some of you might not be so happy with the results you achieved, and some of you might be in the position where you didn’t get your first choice or any of your choices.

Please remember that this truly isn’t the end of the world. It is one stumbling block.  It does not mean that you won’t ever get to study law.  It also does not mean that you won’t go on to become a solicitor or barrister.  It does not mean that you won’t go on to be an academic or any other career.

It is one set of exams, 2 years of your life.  That isn’t the end of the world.  You also still have options, clearing, taking a year out, resitting your exams.

If you do go through clearing, then pick a university that is right for you… not just one that offers the course you want.  Now I know that for some of you, you just want to get to uni and study law and live the university life, but you want to make sure you are happy somewhere.

I also appreciate that ringing up to try and find something on Clearing, doesn’t always give you the best idea as to what something is like… so quickly do some research.  Look at their website and also social media!

So whatever you have deciced to do, remember you can turn it around.  If you are taking a year out, maybe look at some legal work experience or volunteering.  Or, go and build up some life experiences.  Being a great lawyer isn’t just about being an excellent lawyer, it is about what makes you, you.  Your hobbies, your life experiences, your part time jobs etc.

And finally, if you are about to head off to University, enjoy it!

If you have any questions about what to do, where to study, or what to expect at law school – then drop me a message.  Contact me on here, via my contact page or on any of my social media channels.  Don’t forget I have a facebook group just for law students, so come over and join that!

Rebecca x

p.s. if you fancy some pre-law school reading then check out my ebook here, or if you would like to purchase it, then click here to pay via paypal, and you will be sent the ebook within 24 hours.

5 places you can find me online

I am a lover of all things social media and engaging with the legal profession.  That doesn’t necessarily just me sharing content, that means me engaging with legal news, polls, blog posts, discussions, events and much more.

When I say legal profession, I don’t just mean lawyers and law firms.  I mean academics, law students, law schools, legal news outlets, legal companies etc.

So here is a quick round up of 5 places you can find me online.  Obviously you can find me here, on the blog, so that counts as one!

Twitter

I love Twitter as a platform. It is great for checking out legal news, other people’s blog posts, legal discussions, finding out about legal events. Following legal events online, academics, lawyers, law firms, law schools and fellow law students.  There are also law associations, legal journals, news and so much more. If I don’t stop writing about twitter now, this blog post will turn into a twitter lovefest, so let me stop right now. Follow me here. I always send a tweet to new followers.

Facebook

I have a Facebook Page for my blog, you can check it out here – do head on over and give it a follow.

As a quick reminder, likes on posts don’t rank like they used to, so the heart emoji or face emojis or comments are greatly appreciated.

A little bit cheeky but here is a link to my Law Student Facebook Group – totally free, just for law students and we have some great discussions.  I guess if I can’t plug my own Facebook Group on my blog, then when can I?!

LinkedIn

I am over on LinkedIn, and hope you are too! If you are on LinkedIn, do connect with me here.

I am also happy to have a glance at your LinkedIn page to see if I can recommend what (if anything) you could do to enhance your profile.

YouTube

More videos are coming I promise.  I am so glad that after I uploaded my Q&A video that you all wanted more videos. It was something I never thought I would do (share regular videos), and my YouTube channel was just created to host my Q&A video. Fast forward a year or so and 14 videos are uploaded. I know it isn’t loads but there will be more coming your way. More videos are coming soon, I love that you all really like the video content, so expect more for the last quarter of 2018.  Tell me what you want to see though, leave me a message or comment! Find me here on YouTube, and then go and subscribe and hit the bell icon, so you never miss a video!

If you do watch a video though, please hit the like button or leave a comment.  And do share with friends, fellow law students, whether via social media or your VLE.

Instagram

I am a big lover of Instagram and the content being shared on there. It is a great platform, and full of law students, lawyers, law schools and law firms (as well as legal tech companies). So come over and follow Lawyer In The Making, I share my own journey, top tips, study tips, legal news, we have polls and discussions.  I also give you a little insight into my life, the things I like etc. Follow me here, and do say hi and tell me you have found me via my blog.

Rebecca x

Watch | The Children Act | Trailer

So I have just seen the trailer for The Children Act, and rushed to social media to share it with you all. So after that, I had to jump on here and share the link with you as well.

A quote from the trailer, “I am always too busy, the law can take over your life”.

You need to watch this trailer, watch below or click here now.

It looks at the legal system, but also looks at Jehovah’s Witnesses and how they don’t accept other people’s blood etc.  A topic covered in great depth on many a medical law module.

It opens the world to the legal discussions and debates that go on, it also shows how heartwrenching these decisions can be for those involved, and that includes the lawyers and judges.  It also shows people what judges really think about topics like this, and I don’t mean that as a generalisation.

Over the last year the nation has been gripped with medical ethics newstories, about ending treatments on very poorly children, and multiple others.  For years we have also watched the stories of those fighting for changes to assisted dying laws for people suffering from degenerative conditions etc.

I am so pleased that people are reading and speaking about these topics.  I am pleased  that this film highlights (or hopefully will when I see the full film) that it isn’t an inpersonable decision, and that lawyers and judges don’t just feel nothing.

These are highly emotive situations, and ultimately they have to go with what sits best in relation to the welfare of the child.  And sometimes, that means that the decision made, is not what the family or millions of media supporters want to see.  But it is ultimately, given the circumstances, what is best for the child.

The full information from the official trailer is here:

Starring EMMA THOMPSON, STANLEY TUCCI, FIONN WHITEHEAD

Based on the acclaimed novel by IAN MCEWAN.

Directed by RICHARD EYRE Written by IAN MCEWAN

“When a court determines any question with respect to the upbringing of a child, the child’s welfare shall be the court’s paramount consideration.” The Children Act, 1989

Based on the much-loved novel by Ian McEwan (Atonement) and brought to the big screen by director Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris), THE CHILDREN ACT is a compelling and powerful drama telling the story of Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson), an eminent high court judge presiding over ethically complex cases. As the demands of her job cause her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) to reach tipping point, Fiona is asked to rule on the case of Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a brilliant young boy who is refusing a life-saving blood transfusion on religious grounds. With her private life in turmoil, Fiona finds herself drawn into the case, taking the unorthodox step of halting proceedings in order to visit Adam in hospital. As the two form a profound connection and powerful emotions come to light, Fiona’s judgement is put to the test with momentous consequences as she must ultimately decide whether Adam lives or dies.

I can’t wait to go and watch it, so far they are saying it is being released in August 2018. As soon as I have dates I will let you know!

Rebecca x

5 things I hate about (law) exams

Law exams; the things most law students dread, as do students studying other subjects.  They aren’t the worst things in the world plus everyone has to sit exams, however them seem to cause panic and worry to so many students.

Now, we aren’t (or at least I don’t think) ever going to live in a world where there isn’t some form of test/exam so for now we are just going to have to make the  best of it.

With adequate preparation, confidence and belief in yourself, these exams should be fine – obviously there are exceptions to that, potential mitigating circumstances, or even just you having a bad day… but hopefully these aren’t a frequent occurrence for you.

However, that being said, here are 5 things I hate when I think of law exams.

Errors in exam papers

Now I know errors creep in to all sorts of things, no matter how well edited things are.  By that I am talking newspaper articles, blog posts, books, case reports etc.  From small typos to missing words, these things are inevitable at times.  That’s not to say they don’t frustrate me greatly and I seem to spot them so easily.

However, when it comes to law exams, they can be exceptionally frustrating.  Especially when they do impact on a multiple choice answer or a problem scenario.  The wrong name being referred to leads students to second guess what should be the correct name, price, location etc.  These things do have an impact and make it very hard for students to know what to do in the exam. It can have a huge impact on the way the student conducts the remainder of the exam and answers the question.

Students – before an exam 

I hate that time before an exam when everyone is lingering and lurking around.  I like to be as early as possible for an exam, but try and hide to avoid conversations.  Those, “Have you remembered to revise this?”“How are you feeling about this exam?” or  “I’ve done 90,000 hours of revision for this exam”.

None of that is helpful to anyone. You don’t know how prepped someone is, or people’s revision style, what they prepped etc.

Students – after an exam

No I don’t remember what I put for question 65, but even if I did, neither of us can change what we put on the paper now. So you might be right, I might be wrong… but we won’t know!  Plus that problem scenario we just wrote, I can’t remember specifically how much time I gave to discussing wether it was in fact an offer!

I have a pretty decent memory but I don’t want to sit there mulling over the exam I just sat – it isn’t helpful for me.

Maybe for you, chatting over the exam is helpful, but for most people I have spoken to, it makes them more anxious for the results.

The reality is, straight after an exam, you don’t truly know how you did. You may think it went well or think it went horrifically.. but that exam you thought was an absolute train wreck, might be the one you get the highest mark on!

Question Guessing

Unless you have been told specifically what 3/4/5/6 topics or questions are going to come up in the exam you don’t know.  Yes, for the last 4 years they have always written a question on Free Movement of Goods, however, this year they might pick 4 other topics.

Some people recommend learning 4 topics really well and the rest vaguely for example.  This depends on your exam, your law school, how they write their exams, what is expected of you in the exam etc.

Unless you are told categorically what topics are coming up in the exam, I would be as prepared as I could be to answer any question on any topic covered in that module.

Worrying about results

Worrying up until results are released won’t change the outcome. I know it is only natural to worry about passing or failing, but you can’t change anything right now.

You don’t know whether you passed or failed.  So wait until results and then focus on what you need to do after, if anything.

Failing, whilst frustrating or annoying, isn’t the end of the world. It happens to the best of people sometimes and your future career, unless it’s the last time you can resit something, shouldn’t hang in the balance on one failed exam.

Plus you don’t know you failed, and if you did, all that pent up worry and stress before results are released, won’t help you with revising and focusing on the resit.  Equally, it can have a great impact on your ability to perform in any exams after that ‘potentially bad’ exam.

Good luck everyone with your exams, wishing you every success!

Rebecca x