hi folks i am looking for some advice. I am thinking of studying the accelerated LLB at either Glasgow or Strathclyde University. Essentially, I am posting here in the hope some people with experience studying law can tell me a bit about it. I have been looking into it for a while and I am meeting a solicitor in a few days to discuss the job and what its like. I guess I am exploring options and I would like for some folks with experience to tell me what studying law is like, what does it take, what attributes would make someone suited to law, how intense is the accelerated LLB, is the LLB an acceptable substitute to the full undergrad etc etc.
id appreciate any help folks, i know what I am asking for is a little all over the place but if anyone with experience can give me their thoughts I would really appreciate it.
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- Thread Starter
- 08-11-2016 17:53
- 11-11-2016 01:52
From the perspective of a 3-year (non-accelerated) law student:
At virtually all unis, it's about doing a set amount of required reading a week (usually a combination of textbooks that outline a basic principle, cases/statutes that are relevant to it, and the odd article/journal entry). This is done in preparation for lectures, which may simply repeat the same or similar material, and classes, where you have to discuss it. Some unis have separate preparation for lectures and classes, and most will give you some questions to prepare in advance for the next one.
As far as I know, no university assesses people by coursework, meaning that the essays you do during term time (anywhere from 4 to 8 a term, depending on the uni and the modules) are "formative" and don't count towards your final grade.
To be suited to law, you need a lot of patience (to just get through x many pages of reading), a decent memory (for memorising all those cases, statutes and principles closer to exams), and a fluent writing style. Law also requires a lot of abstract reasoning because of the often theoretical subjects it introduces. A lot of the difficulty can come from understanding judicial decisions or a particularly weird principle.