Midget's Journey To Tall Dreams (2nd Year LLB 19/20) Watch

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About Me
Hi guys, I'm Midget! For those that don't know me, I'm 24 years old and I'm about to venture into my second year of my Law LLB. I decided this year to make a blog for anyone interested in the life of a second year law student, but also to give myself that little extra drive and motivation to improve myself. (We'll see how long I can keep this up!)

I study at the University of Sheffield and I am well and truly in love with the city! I'm a huge nerd and I'm well into my gaming and music. If I'm not nose deep in a game then I'll be at a concert/bar scoping out the local new bands.

I plan on posting here at least weekly (once teaching week begins), with a mix of my studies and life adventures.


My First Year Results
I was genuinely really surprised at my first-year results, given that my academic history is pretty weak. Although I managed to scrape through with a 74% average!

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  • Public - 82%
  • Criminal - 75%
  • Property - 73%
  • Remedies in Private Law - 73%
  • Contemporary Issues in Law & Justice - 72%
  • Contract - 68%


Extra-Curriculars/Pro-Bono/Insight Schemes

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Extra-Curriculars
  • Competitive Netball
  • Mooting
  • Inclusions Officer in the Uni Gaming Society

Pro-Bono
  • FreeLaw Legal Clinic - I was chosen as one of the students to work in the university's legal clinic, this involved hearing cases from the public on a range of matters from housing disputes to contractual breaches. The student team would give advice based on the facts given by the clients, with training given by qualified solicitors at the university. I really enjoyed this experience, I met a number of really interesting people and it was very flexible around lecture times. (I would love to do it again!)


Insight Schemes

I took the wrong approach to applying for insight schemes in my first year! I wasted a lot of time applying for far too many rather than applying for fewer and perfecting my applications. Despite this, I still managed to complete insight schemes at the following firms:

  • Irwin Mitchell
  • White & Case
  • DLA Piper


My Aims For This Year
  • Getting a First! (Worth 20% of my degree)
  • Applying for the university's 'Miscarriages of Justice' Pro-Bono scheme
  • Taking a more refined approach to vac-scheme/training contract applications.
  • Doing some volunteer work (I'd love to work for an animal charity)
  • Applying for a position on the Law Society Committee.


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Thank you for those that take the time to read and support this GYG! As mentioned I will be posting at least once a week if not more. If any aspiring law undergrads have any questions about what studying an LLB is like, or have questions about Sheffield Uni in general, I will be glad to help or redirect you to someone that can help
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It's also dawned on me that I hadn't included the topics I'm taking this year for anyone interested;

- Advanced Contracts
- Advanced Criminal Law and Justice
- Advanced Constitutional Law
- Advanced Administrative Law (Regretting not swapping this out for Equity & Trusts tbh)
- Advanced Torts
- Punishment and Penal Policy

Bit of a mix really, I'm still torn on what I want to specialise in later on. Still studying all the criminal stuff because it really interests me, but probably not something I'm looking to do later on.

I'll post the more interesting stuff as uni gets closer, kinda jumped the gun making the thread. :lol:
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Good luck!
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Well done!

I'd be happy to help with any app reviews you may need further down the line - just PM me

(I'm also turning into a private law geek so I'd be very happy to discuss anything relating to Advanced Contract/Torts)
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Go girl x
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Good luck!
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Hey there! How are you m'dear?
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Good luck!
Thank you!
I think I'm going to need it!
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Not studying law but tag me please. Also maybe I AM GROOT 1 might be interested?
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Love the thread name XD
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Best of luck :rave:

May I be tagged :awesome: ?
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Good luck! Can i be tagged please?
L.D.S. is just about to start uni at sheffield :ninja:
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3/10/19!

Hi guys! I'm sorry for not posting here so often, I've been caught up in an extremely busy month! So let's get to my first actual post!


Academics;
This semester I'm studying 3 modules; Criminal Law and Justice, Advanced Contract and Advanced Constitutional!
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  • Criminal Law - Probably my favourite topic, not something I wish to get into in future but one I chose because I find it extremely interesting. My first lecture was a little overwhelming for the first one back! We went through all of the requirements for some of the offences under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861; I found this quite enjoyable despite there being a lot of case-law to try and memorise. I'm excited to study the rest of the topics though as some of them are things I hope to look into more in the future; Money laundering, Corporate Fraud and the like. Our new lecturer seems like a bore, but you can't win every time I suppose!
  • Contract Law - This is probably the most chill lecture I've had since I'm back tbh, the entire two hour lecture was just a recap and a sort of quiz on all of the stuff we went through last year; Formation and exclusion clauses in contracts, not too bad! Pretty grateful for this one since my brain decided to completely stop functioning at this point! I am a little surprised at the syllabus though to be honest! Looking through the seminar sheets for this year, was mostly content that we'd studied last year, just at a bit more depth and with more theory involved. I'm so glad to have the lecturer that I had last year, she's hilarious but also extremely good at explaining things in a concise way.
  • Constitutional Law - Ahh I've been dreading this one a little, as expected most of the focus this year is around Brexit and how this effects our constitutional system in the UK; which is all well and good but I'm not the biggest fan of politics. (I'm also dreading the 5k word essay I'm gonna have to write on this!) Chose this topic tactically though since it was a 100% CW module, at least I can hopefully rescue my grades through this if anything goes wrong! (Probably not the best attitude to have, but oh well)



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Netball! - I attended the netball trials for the Law Society girl's netball team, and I got in! Training is super intense though (they expect us to go at least 3 evenings a week?!) so I'll have to work out how to work that around studying and everything else. I'm really excited to start though!

Miscarriages of Justice - So I've submitted my application for this year's pro-bono scheme, and got an interview! Hopefully it goes well, although I'm lowkey nervous that I won't get in. (even if I don't, it's still a learning experience) providing this fails I've also applied for the Citizens Advice Bureau scheme too, so fingers crossed!

Gaming Society! - I've been super busy with this one! As Inclusions Officer I've had a lot to do at the beginning of the semester; welcoming new people into the society as well as working with our events co-coordinator to plan some non-drinking socials too. We've had a bit of a mare with all of our room bookings and whatnot but luckily it's all sorted now! Panic over! We had our first social of the year a couple of days ago and the turnout was surprisingly good! I met some really awesome people there that I'm hoping will stick around.

Social Life;
Note to self; I'm getting way too old to be going on nights out the way I have! I definitely need a few days rest before attempting it again :rofl:

Things to Do;
  • Finish drafting and submit my law firm applications
  • Finish my seminar sheet for Non-fatal offences
  • Read the Law commision report on reform of non-fatal offences
  • Sort out booking for a few bar crawl socials coming up
  • Get a couple books for constitutional & contract
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The Netball is a lot! Well done for getting in
Good luck with everything!
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Hey, first off really excited about this GYG bc I’m a Scottish Higher student hoping to do Law in the future. Also, are law students constantly looking for jobs/work experience at Law firms? How easy is it to get these jobs?
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The Netball is a lot! Well done for getting in
Good luck with everything!
I thought so too! Mind you they are super competitive when it comes to Varsity so I guess that explains it
Thank you though! :heart:
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Hey, first off really excited about this GYG bc I’m a Scottish Higher student hoping to do Law in the future. Also, are law students constantly looking for jobs/work experience at Law firms? How easy is it to get these jobs?
Hey there! That's awesome! are you planning to study Scots Law in future or English law? Prior to university you don't need to worry too much about work experience but they certainly encourage it when you get to university.

As a rule of thumb most firms don't generally offer vacation schemes to first years but they do have insight/open days where you can go for a couple of days to see what it's like at the firm, as well as attending commercial awareness talks and stuff like that (so it's highly recommended) In second and third year you can apply to vacation schemes where you're essentially working there with trainees for one or two weeks. Your university will drill it into you to apply for these as they're extremely beneficial if not almost mandatory for getting a Training Contract.

These jobs are usually pretty competitive since law is generally over-subscribed, but don't let that put you off! As long as you work hard at your degree, do a few extra-curricular activities and apply for these vacation schemes then you have just as much chance as anyone else at getting a TC.

(Sorry i rambled a little but I hope you find this useful! Good luck with your Highers!)
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Hey there! That's awesome! are you planning to study Scots Law in future or English law? Prior to university you don't need to worry too much about work experience but they certainly encourage it when you get to university.

As a rule of thumb most firms don't generally offer vacation schemes to first years but they do have insight/open days where you can go for a couple of days to see what it's like at the firm, as well as attending commercial awareness talks and stuff like that (so it's highly recommended) In second and third year you can apply to vacation schemes where you're essentially working there with trainees for one or two weeks. Your university will drill it into you to apply for these as they're extremely beneficial if not almost mandatory for getting a Training Contract.

These jobs are usually pretty competitive since law is generally over-subscribed, but don't let that put you off! As long as you work hard at your degree, do a few extra-curricular activities and apply for these vacation schemes then you have just as much chance as anyone else at getting a TC.

(Sorry i rambled a little but I hope you find this useful! Good luck with your Highers!)
Wow thank you this was so helpful! Just finished writing my personal statement haha, I’m applying for mostly Dual Scots and English Law, along with a couple of Scots only 😊
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Wow thank you this was so helpful! Just finished writing my personal statement haha, I’m applying for mostly Dual Scots and English Law, along with a couple of Scots only 😊
You're welcome! If you have any other questions then don't be afraid to ask Sounds good! I've always been kind curious on how it differs from English law.
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