Let’s talk… FRU

As a law student you will no doubt be encouraged to do some volunteering or pro-bono, and the name FRU will be mentioned a lot.

What is FRU?

FRU is the Free Representation Unit.  They are an independent charity which was established back in 1972.  They rely on volunteers.  These volunteers represent clients in the Employment Tribunal and the Social Security Tribunal in London and the South East.

If you are wondering how work gets referred to FRU for consideration, then check out the website as it has a great section all about the referral process.

As well as doing what they do, they also comment on public consultations and a big topic of conversation at the moment is Legal Aid.  You can check out some of their reports and comments on various legal reforms, consultations and more here.

What does a volunteer do?

If a volunteer can assist in a particular matter they can prepare the case for trial and attend the hearing with the client as their advocate.   Law students (who make up most of FRU’s volunteers) are selected, trained and supervised by full time staff.  For more information about volunteering, read up on the process here.

All the information on the necessary training days, requirements, fees etc. can be found here and it is recommended you look at dates and availability.

Why is volunteering great for law students?

Volunteering is a great way to give something back but also develop your own skills.

There are also plenty of other organisations that take volunteers, not just FRU.  In one of my LITM Q&A Interviews Josh Levy talked about some pro bono work he did and the benefits to him.  You can read more about it on the Josh Levy interview.

Rebecca x

 

Facebook Live | Law Student Group

Facebook Live | Law Student Group

I jumped on Facebook Live to talk all about my new Law Student Group.

Have you read any of my recent email newsletters? Have you been on my Lawyer In The Making Facebook page recently? Then you will have definitely seen me talk about the free Facebook Group I have created for law students.

Facebook Live | Law Student Group

Law Student Group

Yesterday went live on Facebook quickly on the Lawyer In The Making page to talk a bit more about the group.  The video included useful information regarding who the group is for.  As well as how to get involved and also what you can expect from the group.

The group isn’t just for me to share content and start discussions (though I will be doing that a lot).  It is a space for everyone to engage with other students.  Law Students from all over the world, studying different legal topics and areas and living in countries where laws are different.

Where can I watch the Facebook Live?

Check out the video here.

I will also be going ‘live’ a lot in this group.  Covering topics such as CVs and Cover Letters through to study tips, how to get work experience, what you should be doing whilst studying and lots more.

Don’t forget to request to join the Facebook group, plus the link is in the comments section of the video.

I am really excited to grow the Law Student Group and create a platform where we can share, discuss,  ask questions and support one another.

How can you help me grow the Law Student Group?

Please do share this post with your fellow law students and also tag them in the comments on the video above so that they like the Lawyer In The Making Facebook Page (and don’t forget to join the Law Student Group).

Excited to have you be part of the Law Student Group and keen to get to know you better!

Rebecca x

5 Must Read Books For Law Students

I have lost track of how many times I have been asked “What are the ‘5 must read books for law students’?”

5 Must Read Books For Law Students

5 Must Read Books For Law Students

I have written blog posts with lists of books I recommend for lawyers and law students, I have mentioned them in videos, on my social media and also on email/face to face.

I am a massive law geek (we all know that!) and I do genuinely have an ever-growing law library at home.

So whilst I already have content on my blog covering ‘must read books’ and I recently did a twitter series containing a few of my favourites, here are 5 I want to share with you today!

I just shared the 5 books on my Facebook page, ‘Lawyer In The Making‘ so head on over there now if you want to see the list quickly! Check out the post containing the links here.

5 Must Read Books For Law Students 

Now don’t get me wrong, there are so so many books I could have listed today! Picking just five is not easy. So expect a few more posts like this.  I might turn it into a little series, a bit like my monthly twitter “who to follow” posts!

The 5 Must Read Books For Law Students  I am sharing today are: 

* Glanville Williams – Learning The Law http://amzn.to/2pOFFnc

* Catherine Barnard – What About Law? Studying Law At University http://amzn.to/2qV5S3E

* Tom Bingham – The Rule of Law http://amzn.to/2quT4Q0

* Nicholas McBride – Letters To A Law Student http://amzn.to/2qw4jYP

* Emily Finch & Stefan Fafinski – Employability Skills For Law Students http://amzn.to/2ruovaS

Next month I will share another 5 Must Read Books For Law Students.  Hopefully I can add my ebook to that list at some point in the very near future.

*Shameless ebook plug time*

If you don’t already know I have an ebook coming out very soon, jam packed full of useful hints and tips! It is called, A brief guide to being a law student.

If you subscribe to my newsletter you will get notified when it goes live first, as well as receive a discount code.  You can subscribe by clicking here and completing the short form (I promise I won’t spam your inbox).  In the meantime you can check out my ebook website and a short extract here. To read more about my ebook, check out my blog post here.

Rebecca x

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5 Stress Busting Tips For Exam Season

5 Stress Busting Tips For Exam Season

If you could see my inbox on my emails, and my DMs on Twitter and Instagram you would be shocked by the amount of messages from “stressed” law students.  It isn’t just the UK that is entering exam season either.  With that in mind I thought I would share 5 stress busting tips for exam season, but as always remember this list is not exhaustive.

Find out what works best for you, and what keeps you stress-free (or the least stressed), keeps you revising well and productive but also healthy, not sleep deprived and ready for your exams!

Stress Busting Tips

Stress Busting Tips

Here are 5 Stress Busting Tips For Exam Season

Get Some Fresh Air

So often students tell me they wake up and revise solidly in their room or library all day and night.   This is so unhelpful.  The only saving grace if you are going to the library is that you are actually leaving your room and hopefully get some fresh air en route.

Get outside if you can, even if it is a 15 minute walk! Whether you use that time to switch off, or continue revising is up to you.  As you will see below, taking a break is important! However, you might learn better outside, so maybe use the fresh air to re-listen to a lecture on your phone, or to switch off by checking up on legal news, sports results, random news etc.

Maybe switch off completely and leave your phone in your pocket, or give your parents or friends a quick call.

Whatever you choose to do, please do not spend hours and days in the same location!

Get Some Sleep

As important as fresh air is, so is sleep! Revising and cramming all night, really won’t help long term.  If you are studying all day and night, you won’t be retaining information or performing at your best.  You will also be shattered for your exam and that is not what you want.

Try and stick to your usual sleep schedule and pattern.  Not sleeping at all or sleeping for less than your body is used to or wants can cause a lot of problems.  You definitely won’t be feeling on top form for revising or sitting the exam.

Work around your schedule, I know not everyone works best first thing, or late at night etc.  But… make sure you are sleeping.

Eat Proper Food 

Living off chocolate bars, takeaways, massive packets of crisps and energy drinks will not help your brain function.

The sugar high, will become a sugar crash at some point.

Try and get something healthy down you, eat some fruit or vegetables as well! I love chocolate and will snack on that, but I also eat healthy food.

Are you someone who is tempted to buy lots of junk food? Then why not take a lunch (or even your snacks) with you.  If you go prepared with some healthier alternatives, you will study better and you won’t be on a hunt for some food (which is typically unhealthy snacks).

Stay Off The Caffeine (and caffeinated drinks)

So many memes and photos get shared of students cramming in the library surrounded by empty cups of coffee and tins of energy drinks.

If you can please refrain from consuming too many of those, or consuming them at all.  If you are trying to stay focused because you have crammed all night then as mentioned above you need to sleep!

Take A Break 

Do not study 24/7, you won’t be working at your best.  Whether it is watching an episode of your favourite programme, cooking yourself some decent food, going to the gym, do it! Take a 15 minute break every now and then, get up from your books or computer screen.  Take a longer break as well! You cannot function properly, or retain all the information you need if you are working 24/7.  Plus it should help you keep focused.

I will be sharing some other revision, stress and study tips, but what do you do to when it is exam season?

Remember to check out my revision planner downloads for May here, and I will be uploading a full study/revision set in September for the next academic year. So make sure you subscribe to my blog so that you don’t miss them! (Click here to subscribe, and I promise I won’t spam your inbox).

If you are struggling with anything at University remember it is really important that you speak to someone about it and I filmed a very short video explaining why here.  Whether it is problems at home, general university complaints or issues, or something subject specific speak to one of your tutors.

Good luck with your exams!

Rebecca x

The Winners | Law Mind Maps Giveaway

So the Law Mind Maps Giveaway came to end this morning, and this is a very short post to announce the winners.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the giveaway with Law Mind Maps, and if you didn’t get a chance to enter the competition you can still read more about their products here.

Law Mind Maps Giveaway | Winners

Law Mind Maps Giveaway | Winners

As you will have seen Law Mind Maps kindly offered to giveaway one of each of the 7 core LLB/GDL module mind maps, and the lucky winners are below.  Law Mind Maps have already contacted the winners to arrange delivery.

Let’s announce the winners

Public/Constitutional and Administrative Law

Winner: Annabelle Coakley

Contract Law

Winner: Dawn Samson

Land Law

Winner: Eleni Babaletaki

Criminal Law

Winner: Katrina Brown

Equity and Trusts 

Winner: Lola Ileyemi

European Union Law

Winner: Sophie Turrell

Tort

Winner: Charlotte Burkert

Good luck for all of you currently studying law and if you are in the process of revising, don’t forget to download my free May revision planner here.

Rebecca

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