GYG/Undergrad Law school editionWatch
I'm Jamie, a first-year LLB student at a university located somewhere in the north (honestly it’s not that difficult to figure out where I am). I've seen so many people start their own blogs and tonight I am finally going to stop reading and start typing! I’ve just been in a strange place mentally at the moment so hopefully noting it all down might provide some clarity.
Not going to lie, it is a little uncomfortable for me to write about myself - I’m the type to leave the room when the teacher starts telling us to ‘go around and share an interesting fact about yourself).’ But I do want something to look back on in 3 years time, and weirdly enough, there is something enthralling about making it public.
Although it is in the GYG section, a large part will be my life in general. I have recently moved to the UK from a place far far away... and I’m now living in university halls. It’s been such a dramatic change for me so omitting it from this blog just feels wrong. I guess this is more of a GYG & Grow up in general.
I am probably just talking to myself so I’m going to treat this more as a journal and less of a blog. But to the few of you reading or the future law students; hopefully, this can entertain or help you one day!
We have 2 weeks of legal introduction. Basically going over some of the essential legal skills so we won't be thrown in the deep end once the course actually starts.
Well no, Court structures and referencing are the boring ones. Especially referencing - OSCOLA my ass.
Learning how to read the cases, finding legislations etc... are all very tedious. Lexis > Westlaw though
I can not stop saying the 'V' out loud when referring to cases! And differentiating when to use it as 'and' or 'against' is going to take me a while
I'm actually really enjoying the course so far;
-The Speculean explorers; such an entertaining read. Although I feel like giving us that 'case' to read as our first piece of reading was not the brightest move since most other cases just seem dull in comparison.
-Loving the debates in lectures and going over different cases along with the judge's decisions. RvR will never be convincing though...Will have to read more into that when I have time***note to self.
We should be ashamed of ourselves. Cleaners literally left us a note begging us to clean up after ourselves. Might get them some chocolate on Sunday because I literally feel so bad. We have been so selfish and the condition of our kitchen was so bad, I swear there was a new ecosystem evolving in there. Flatmate also left the stove on so now I'm sleeping with my pants on.
-Have 2.5 chapters of reading & 40 questions to finish by tonight - or EARLY tomorrow morning because sleep is important (Why did I just spend half an hour writing a blog??).
-Case readings; when a case references 5 other cases so you have to go and read them to understand the case you are meant to read. Is this some kind of law school trickery?
-First networking event tomorrow night with a city firm. Lol, have no idea what to wear. Why do people think putting antonyms together is fine. What the hell is 'smart casual?' Are black jeans 'Smart casual??'
glad you’re enjoying the course
And enjoy the networking event I’ve got no clue about smart casual though
wow good luck with your first year at uni!
glad you’re enjoying the course
And enjoy the networking event I’ve got no clue about smart casual though
Haha yeah, I've just been harassing my friends to give me fashion tips. I've decided to go with plain black jeans and try to dress it up with a navy blouse. It shouldn't be too formal.
Just came back from Seminar....*Note to self; PLEASE BE PREPARED FOR SEMINARS!!!
6 chapters of reading
1 case to read
40ish questions to answer:
Read half of chapter 1, half of chapter 2, 1/4 of chapter 3....
Read the case, did a little bit of further research into other cases & precedents mentioned
Scanned the questions, mentally answer a few.
-Don't read the textbook that thoroughly, try to get through more content but skim the textbook instead of actually attempting to understand & remember every single detail. We barely discussed the textbook reading.
-DON'T JUST READ THE CASE, ACTUALLY MAKE CRITICAL NOTES ABOUT IT. The first seminar went well because I made about 6-7 pages of notes for 30 pages of reading. This one I've made 0 notes and only read and highlighted key pieces of info. Stop being lazy and actually make notes to look back on!!
-Please actually answer the questions next time. Please.
2 events on tonight!
I could either:
-Go to the event located at the university where trainees from the MC come and give tips and just chat to us.
-Go to an event hosted by a SC firm, located in the city.
The first option is more appealing because I don't want to travel to the city...but I've already registered for the second event
Law students are very 'extra' so it's always better to overdress than underdress. Regardless of how overdressed you think you are, there will always be someone there with their tailored suit made in Italy.
The partners and graduate recruiters were a lot more approachable and down-to-earth than expected, really got me interested in the firm. At first I was a little bit intimidated but actually met some really sweet trainees and received very sound advice and clarification.
Is it normal to be completely sold by the first firm that I was exposed too? Everything about the firm is so perfect and the culture sounds so supportive and friendly (I sound so impressionable)! How do people actually choose which firms to apply to? Actually, the better question is; how do people choose which firms to NOT apply to?
Had a really lovely time and actually motivated to work harder now! Only got 1 case, 5 questions and 4 chapters to read for Friday's workshop and I have most of the afternoon free tomorrow. Got my coffee and red bulls stocked up so ready to knuckle down and get some work doneee. I always find the first few weeks to be crucial; all the other contents will be built on the foundations learned through these 2 weeks so I really don't want to be too behind.
DarkChaoz95 not going to lie, my outfit was borderline too casual but luckily I had a coat and heels to save the day.
I can't sleep, can't sleep, can't sleep and I've got a 9 am lecture tomorrow morning. Used to pride myself for my ability to sleep anywhere at any given time. ***Note to self: Do not consume caffeine after 10 pm.
Should I try to at least get some sleep or just get up and do something productive, make the most of this caffeine rush? I do have dishes to wash and a messy flat to clean...
Had to skip breakfast and quickly chug my coffee this morning in order to get to the lectures on time. Didn't feel too bad during the lectures but had another cup of coffee afterward on the way to the library. Absolutely backfired, I should have known what coffee does to my anxiety so had to leave the library and come back to the flat. Feeling a little bit unwell as I'm typing, very anxious and cold, slightly shaky. Although I'm hungry, just do not feel like eating. I know I should open my textbook but I need to calm down first and get some food in my system. I can see the messages on facebook but just feeling too overwhelmed to open them and want to avoid human interaction for a little bit. Almost a little bit paralyzed and looking at the mess in my flat is stressing me out now. I just need to stop, take a step back, be sensible about this. Make a to-do list, it will be okay. Feel like I can't talk to anyone about this, don't want friends or family to worry, but also feeling lonely enough that I have to talk to someone about this. I guess typing on TSR is alright because it's all strangers on here but I also feel like I'm speaking to an actual human being.
Went back to the study common and managed to get a solid 4-5 hours of independent study done. Finished the questions and reading + notes for tomorrow's workshop. Going to take it easy tonight and just get through a little more chapters and relax a little, might prepare for tomorrow's quiz if I can, otherwise t I will go through my notes after the seminar.
Actually had the will to decline an invitation to go out, didn't really do much independent study yesterday due to the event so I need to catch up today. This is an improvement from the high school Jamie...
(GOOD NEWS THOUGH...Found out a friend of mine is in the same seminar group )
Received an email about an application for an EC...it was successful (I was shocked because I thought I did quite average in my interview). Although grateful, I'm feeling a little doubtful too. Was just told that it requires about 5-6 hours per week on a non-eventful week and up to 30+ hours when we have events. Not sure how that is going to work out since I'm waiting to hear back from a few other applications that I've sent out. I'm not 'struggling' academically but definitely not confident either. Time management is definitely something I need to work on.
Roughly calculated the hours and realized that I should be able to take on the EC offer. The plan might be a little optimistic but at least it provides a rough guideline for an AVERAGE, UNEVENTFUL week. (Study time inc my hourly study breaks).
Feeling pretty good and just genuinely...happy right now? It's just been a pretty good day.
Academically: Still trying to catch up on the readings but I'm currently not MORE behind which is an achievement itself I believe. The lecturers are all so passionate about their modules which is almost endearing to see. Public law lecturer: 'LAW IS AMAZING.....*met with dead silence*.
Socially: Went out with some friends for lunch, got pizza. (Very unhealthy but it is okay to treat yourself once in a while, right?)... Also met a few other people from my course during the seminar, they were all so lovely with such interesting stories so can't wait to meet up with them next week (wish I had met them sooner!). Another friend was feeling very unwell so went to her flat and looked after her for a bit after my lecture. She needed to pick up a ticket for her course so I offered to that instead. Ended up walking in the cold, rainy northern streets at night wondering what the hell did she do to deserve such an angel in her life (me). Made dinner and watched TV with flatmates while listening to some good old HSM. Was going to go out but feel like I've done enough socialising for today so just need to sit down and actually get some work done for tonight.
EC: Decided to accept EC 1 since it really is such a great opportunity to branch out and develop vital skills (also looks good on the CV regardless of how shallow that sounds). EC 2; The election is still going on. Need to take out half a day this weekend to apply to EC 3 and 4 since the application is basically an essay . Confirmed another event with a really good city firm for next week, this one is specifically targeting our uni's first-year law students so it should be more relevant and applicable. Hopefully, the partners are as approachable as the previous firm's.
Cleaned the dishes and my room - FINALLY. Will do more chores tomorrow but having a clean environment has already made me feel a lot less overwhelmed. Currently feel like everything is quite in order and in control, it's also the weekends now so I have time to catch up on the academic side of things. I know this feeling will pass soon because sh*t and stress is inevitable in life, but for now, I'm going to just embrace this feeling.
*EDIT...wait is this malpractice? Do I need to cite on TSR?? 🤔🤔🤔 they have successful drilled paranoia in me.
Went out again with friends, now feeling quite bad. (However, there was a festival so it's kinda like a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' so it doesn't really count right?).
Although got some reading done during the day, it was nowhere near as much as I would have liked.
It's okay, tomorrow is another day and I will be more productive. Have some WILL POWER ffs.
So I went out again, but this time I made sure to leave early and come back before 2 so most of my day is still free. Managed to keep that promise so I technically didn't really go out.
Just realised that I have 3 chapters of reading to do for tomorrow and law readings are not the easiest work to digest. Will crack on with those now
Will not go out with friends at all next week.
Next week we officially start on the modules!
Criminal Public Contract Property.
-Tried to do a little bit of property law prep but the textbook is mostly about equity and trust? A little bit confused but will wait and see.
-Public law is fairly straightforward, managed to make a few pages of notes.
-Going to do a little bit of contract tonight.
Will go to lectures and report my first impression of the 4 modules. So far most people have warned me about the property law module, but the lecturer is so lovely and my interest in a particular module tend to increase when I genuinely like the lecturer... so we'll see...
Scheduled meeting/events on; Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
It is a busy week so I will need to be smart about time-management. Can not afford to socialise too much this week and really need to focus on the academic side of things. Need to follow my time plan more strictly
Hopefully, as things settle down, the ECs won't be as demanding/time-consuming and I can reach a better balance between the different areas of my life.
Property law: Fairly straightforward as we were only introduced to the topic today. It was alright, was not 'on the edge of my seat' though.
Contract law: A little bit more interesting than property law, but because it was in the afternoon, I felt quite tired the entire second half. *NOTE TO SELF: IF I AM EVER LATE TO HER LECTURE FOR CONTRACT LAW, JUST TURN AROUND AND GO HOME. We were warned by second years about being late to her lectures so we made sure to arrive half an hour early. Some daredevils actually came in late and it wasn't pretty...
Rushed back, did a little work on equity and had to quickly get to the meeting for EC 1. It quite fun and met a few others. Honestly one of the best things about university is meeting such a diverse and interesting range of new people!
Did more reading at night. Still have a lot to get through though but I think I can finish one of the seminar prep tomorrow. After that just need to review the lectures for the past few days and prepare for 2 more seminars. Will aim to finish that by Friday and use the weekend for a little bit of lecture prep and further reading.
Just feel really tired so will sleep early since I do have a 9 am lecture tomorrow.
Me (a pretentious first year noob): 'stare decisis et non quieta movere'
Public law: The concepts are not very difficult. The lecturer was VERY passionate and was shouting most of the time. Af first I felt so motivated, but there's only so much passion I can take at 9am. The second hour quickly became painful because my ears were ringing and I couldn't grasp what he was saying.
Tried to do more Equity and Trust reading last night, went to flatmates room and talked about the bleak future, hugged a bit and got all dramatic, remembered the fees we are paying, quickly ran back to my room to read a bit more.
*Note to self: NEVER go to lectures with friends from now on. I have the self-control of a toddler.