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    Is anyone on this forum studying law at a Scottish university? I'm hoping to study law myself so I have some questions for you if that's alright
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    (Original post by G8D)
    Hi.
    Good evening, sir. I trust you may be able to provide me with some answers

    1) How are you finding the study of law in general? Are you enjoying it?
    2) What aspects of the course are difficult?
    3) How much time do you spend in lectures/seminars/tutorials?
    4) How much personal study do you do per day?
    5) Are you able to fit a part-time job around your studies?
    6) Do you have any free time? What do you generally do for fun?
    7) Are the other people on your course friendly?
    8) Are the law department staff helpful?
    9) Have you applied to do any vacation schemes? What opportunities are available in the legal sector for law students?
    10) Do you regret your decision to study law?

    Sorry for the interrogation, even if you could answer just a couple of my questions it'd be much appreciated!
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    (Original post by G8D)
    Answers in bold, hope this helps in some way.
    Wow, thank you so much! Very helpful to hear from an actual student as opposed to department staff (who'll probably talk it up a bit more ).
    Do you in any way regret your university choice? It's just that I hope to apply to Glasgow, and apparently it's a great place to study law. And I believe it's just about beating Edinburgh on unistats, though I don't know how useful/reliable unistats are...

    http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...ompare-Courses

    http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...ompare-Courses
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    i've applied for scots law to start this september, these questions and answers are really helpful!
    if more people could answer to get a broader view of different unis it would be great
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    Bump. Interested to hear this as well
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    I should be doing the accelerated ll.b in 2014 once I've saved for it this year. Probably at Edinburgh or at Dundee.
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    I'm happy to answer questions anyone has, I've been in the system slightly longer than G8D.

    I'll make an attempt to answer these questions, but I don't promise not to get distracted halfway through.

    (Original post by Duke of Winnipeg)

    1) How are you finding the study of law in general? Are you enjoying it?

    I enjoyed it more as I went along. It's a degree that to really find satisfaction in I would think you'd need to devote a lot of time to and be interested in the minutiae. A theme of my entire student experience was extreme last minute studying and essay writing, which obviously wasn't enjoyable. I think I enjoyed being a law student more than I enjoyed studying law for the first few years, if that's a distinction you're content for me to draw.

    2) What aspects of the course are difficult?

    All of it, you have to - to do well - learn very precisely what the law is, how it developed, where it's going and how it is likely to be applied to the parties in a problem question. It is not a degree where you can turn up on the day and toss off something which will do well. You need to understand from the beginning that it is a more intense degree than that which your non- law humanities friends are sitting.

    3) How much time do you spend in lectures/seminars/tutorials?

    About the same as G8D

    4) How much personal study do you do per day?

    Less than I should have. I would say 4 to 5 hours a day would be about right.

    5) Are you able to fit a part-time job around your studies?

    Doable apart from at exam times

    6) Do you have any free time? What do you generally do for fun?

    Fun...I remember fun from before I did law

    7) Are the other people on your course friendly?

    Like G8D says, there are a lot of ***** on a law degree. But yes, my friends were friendly

    8) Are the law department staff helpful?

    Yes, extremely helpful. But you probably have to ask for it, and to get much out of it you probably have to be well informed about the area you're discussing. However, they were always very helpful if approached. To be frank if you're doing a law degree where the staff hold your hand all the time I'm not sure I see the point.

    9) Have you applied to do any vacation schemes? What opportunities are available in the legal sector for law students?

    I did, effectively you will be the office dogsbody for a couple of weeks, or a month. In the end it's useful for two things

    1. It is very helpful in getting a traineeship
    2. You find out if you'd actually like being a lawyer

    My advice for getting a vacation scheme (summer placement in Scotland, please) is to do as well as you possibly can in your exams, as well as trying to get experience in local solicitors to make sure you know what it's all about


    10) Do you regret your decision to study law?

    Not at all. It was - and remains - the degree for me.

    Sorry for the interrogation, even if you could answer just a couple of my questions it'd be much appreciated!
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    (Original post by Duke of Winnipeg)
    Wow, thank you so much! Very helpful to hear from an actual student as opposed to department staff (who'll probably talk it up a bit more ).
    Do you in any way regret your university choice? It's just that I hope to apply to Glasgow, and apparently it's a great place to study law. And I believe it's just about beating Edinburgh on unistats, though I don't know how useful/reliable unistats are...

    http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...ompare-Courses

    http://unistats.direct.gov.uk/Subjec...ompare-Courses
    If you want to go to Glasgow then go to Glasgow.
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    On a side note, exactly how does Scots law differ from English? Is there much of a difference?
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    (Original post by H_Aple)
    On a side note, exactly how does Scots law differ from English? Is there much of a difference?
    Yes, not only from the differences created by the Scottish Parliament but big differences in the criminal law, the approach to contract and property and various other things.

    Of course there are a lot of similarities where the law is the same across the UK; employment, company law, human rights etc.
 
 
 
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