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

5 Lawyer In The Making YouTube Videos To Check Out | 3 April 2018

Today I thought I would share 5 of my Lawyer In The Making YouTube videos with you that you might want to check out.  There will be another series of videos coming soon, I am just waiting for time to edit them and upload.

As always, I have a large list of videos I want to film but do send me an email/tweet or message on social media with your requests.

So here they are, 5 videos to check out today!

Lawyer In The Making Q&A

I guess I can’t really share a list of my own videos and not mention this one.  This was the first video I filmed professionally and had the best time doing it, and the nerves settled very quickly.  In this video I talk about my career, what Lawyer In The Making is all about, and also why I blog.  Watch it here Lawyer In The Making Q&A Video

Get In The Lawyer Mindset | Attend Legal Events

I am a massive advocate of law students ‘getting into the lawyer mindset’ and a great way of doing that is by attending legal events.  Now I know that sometimes these events are costly or at obscure times, or just not practical to attend.  However, you can always follow events online, using the event hashtag or ask for a copy of the notes.  Alternatively, ask if they offer a student discount on event tickets, or some people will purchase a spare to gift to someone.   Whether it is a seminar on a legal topic of interest, a public lecture, an online webinar, a conference – it is really important you try as law students to attend some.  Watch more on this here.

Law Students | How to use Twitter like a pro

Twitter is my go to platform for all things law.  It is the one I recommend most for law students and lawyers use, whether for research, news, networking or engagement.  I decided to pull together some of my top tips for law students, on how you, as law students, can use twitter like a pro – check it out here.  There are plenty more tips I could share, but the video would be stupidly long!

Law Students Stressing About Advocacy?

Advocacy doesn’t always come easy, and speaking in public is a crucial skill but one that many struggle with.  No matter how confident you are, everyone can get nervous and for some people/law students, nerves are there all the time.  Even when you think you know your material inside out, you can still get nervous.  I decided to share a few basic tips to help you here.

Are you having problems at University?

I get so many emails from law students sharing concerns they have, whether it be subject specific or problems with their law school, study methods etc.  I know that studying law can be challenging at times and you really shouldn’t have to suffer alone.  Equally if you are having problems at university or at home and these things are impacting on your studies then you do need to speak to someone.  Your personal law tutor, dean of school, or even a tutor you get on particularly well with should be your first port of call.  Speaking to someone at your university can help get the problem resolved a lot quicker, even if it is just some additional support, a deadline extension or an acknowledgement that the fact the heating is never on will be looked into! However, I am still more than happy to receive your emails and messages and try and help you where I can. Watch this video here.

Don’t forget to hit the thumbs up button on the videos, and the subscribe button!

Rebecca x

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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