Law with Criminology or Business at Brighton

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Hey Everyone,

I am brand new to the student room! I started in September on a course in Eastbourne that I can no longer stand, huge mistake!

I always told myself I was too stupid to study Law or didn't have the grades. With being so unhappy on my current course and always feeling like Law was the right path for me, I decided to look in to it and have been told by admissions for Law with Criminology that they would accept me!

So, I am going to be starting all over again this September!

I was wondering if anyone on the course now could tell me a few recommended books for first/second year? I know a lot of people say don't worry about it until you get there but just out of pure interest, I would like to do some reading before I start.

And if anyone else has been on either course - any advice or comments that you think are most valuable or important to yourself - would be much appreciated too!

Thanks in advance
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Hi melissarose19

I put a message out for current students on this course to come and share their experience with you.
Hopefully will have a reply soon!

Glad you have found something you are excited about! Will be in touch soon.

Best Wishes

Viv
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Hi Melissa,

Your best bet with books is Amazon. You can get them cheap and up-to-date, and you can find some really good ones too. I would recommend getting yourself 'Legal Skills' by Finch and Fafinski. Reading that and studying the way to read and write like a lawyer would be a big step up before you enter the course.

I'm currently in my second year and I'm doing the LLB w/ Business. My only word of advice is to do well. The course is probably one of the hardest academically across the board, but if you try you will succeed. Also have fun with it. Don't spend your entire time reading your books. Volunteer, get some work, go a out a socialise a little. Have fun with it. The staff are great help, and if you start studying from day 1, or even now, you'll swan through it no problem.

Feel free to find the Law Society on Facebook and get chatting to other students.

All the best.
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Hey melissarose19,

Whilst I cannot comment on the criminology side of the course the Law side of 1st year is very interesting!
Assuming you get Public Law/Law of Torts its very much a deep end scenario. Both of the lecturers are very good, they know exactly what to show you and even how to motivate you.
My best advice for doing some early reading for your 1st year would be to look in the newspapers, I realise this sounds like a bit of a lame idea but honestly being up to date with recent events helps so much! When the London riots occurred a while back we were looking into the newspapers for developments and it would help to arrive with a good knowledge of changes/interesting cases over the summer.

If you are however dead set on getting a book for some dry reading then the following are very good:

Constitutional and Administrative Law - Neil Parpworth: < Perfect for Public Law and I believe useful for course content as well (although dont quote me on that!)
Tort Law - Catherine Elliot & Frances Quinn: < Again a good book both for future course content and helpful to at least get a basic understanding going before lectures start
An Introduction to Law - Phil Harris: < More of a 'cliffnotes' type of book, will give you a basic understanding if you haven't studied Law before.

All of these books however are OPTIONAL, I cannot stress enough that the lecturers will guide you through your learning really well but if you insist then I would stick to those three for freshman year !

Hope this helps

T
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T,

I can't thank you enough. Really appreciate the advice. I will look up all the books! And definitely keep reading all the newspapers.

I will be sure to have some fun too - I feel if I am better prepared I will have more time to do what I want! I am unbelievably passionate about the subject and so excited to begin.

Thanks again
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(Original post by Lawyerlivelaw)
Hi Melissa,

Your best bet with books is Amazon. You can get them cheap and up-to-date, and you can find some really good ones too. I would recommend getting yourself 'Legal Skills' by Finch and Fafinski. Reading that and studying the way to read and write like a lawyer would be a big step up before you enter the course.

I'm currently in my second year and I'm doing the LLB w/ Business. My only word of advice is to do well. The course is probably one of the hardest academically across the board, but if you try you will succeed. Also have fun with it. Don't spend your entire time reading your books. Volunteer, get some work, go a out a socialise a little. Have fun with it. The staff are great help, and if you start studying from day 1, or even now, you'll swan through it no problem.

Feel free to find the Law Society on Facebook and get chatting to other students.

All the best.
Helloo

Thank you so much for replying to the post.

Legal Skills sounds like a good bet! I will be sure to check it out.

I am totally ready to start working hard. My current course feels so pointless. I really want to do well and I am motivated to aim high and get the very best grades possible. I personally as a bit of a control freak (lol) will benefit from being well prepared! It will put me at ease.

Glad to know the staff are helpful. Big plus. And I found a couple of groups/pages on Facebook already. Waiting to be accepted to join! I will bother as many current and past students as possible for their advice hehe.

What made you choose to do Law?
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Hi, I'm a first year Student studying Law with Business. The best advice I could give you is read through Finch and Fafinski's "legal Skills". it will help to develop the skills needed to study law. Additionally, I would start keeping up-to-date with current affair, it is really useful in modules like Law in Action, Law in Practice, and especially Public Law.
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(Original post by rjmeakins)
Hi, I'm a first year Student studying Law with Business. The best advice I could give you is read through Finch and Fafinski's "legal Skills". it will help to develop the skills needed to study law. Additionally, I would start keeping up-to-date with current affair, it is really useful in modules like Law in Action, Law in Practice, and especially Public Law.
RJMeakins,

Thank you for the reply much appreciated!
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RJMeakins,

Thank you for the reply much appreciated!
Hi Melissa, I agree with RJ Meakins, I also am studying Law with business year 1. So glad you are getting feedback from us, this will give you an insight into what to expect. I love this course everyone including staff and students are helpfull too.
Hope this helps
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Hi Melissa, I agree with RJ Meakins, I also am studying Law with business year 1. So glad you are getting feedback from us, this will give you an insight into what to expect. I love this course everyone including staff and students are helpfull too.
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Hey. Thanks for your comment.

I have decided to lean toward Business/Law now. I have studied business before for 2 years at college and did very well. It makes more sense to stick to what I know and what I am good at! Rather than a whole new subject of Criminology.

Are there any exams in the business side of the degree? How have you been finding your first year?
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