What is it like studying Law at university Watch

averagepupil16
Badges: 3
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 2 weeks ago
#1
I am a year 13 student looking to study Law at Bristol next year.I took English/RE/History for my A levels and achieved AAA which is why i made the decision to swap from what subject i had the potential to study (I am aware grades do not reflect the whole ability).
What I have began to worry about now is not necessarily the work load that is put on you as a law student, nor is it the consistency you're expected to work with. What 'worries' me is reading some people's experience of having absolutely no sort of social life. At the moment, I am not able to go clubbing but I will party probably about 2 times across a month or 2, this for me is a good way to unwind from school for a night and then get back into a graft until the next time. However, I see sometimes that people apparently find themselves locked in their rooms not interacting with anybody and just reading or writing essays, and i understand that ANY degree you do will, to some extent, expect this sacrifice of you but surely not every degree has you locked up and isolated for weeks at a time.
I would like to know if there are any law students here who could share their degree experience so far and tell me what the workload is really like and whether or not its even possible to go out for food/cinema/park/play football/go clubbing/flat parties while studying a law degree or if you are completely restricted to the library and your own desk.
0
reply
thepurplerain
Badges: 10
Rep:
?
#2
Report 2 weeks ago
#2
(Original post by averagepupil16)
I am a year 13 student looking to study Law at Bristol next year.I took English/RE/History for my A levels and achieved AAA which is why i made the decision to swap from what subject i had the potential to study (I am aware grades do not reflect the whole ability).
What I have began to worry about now is not necessarily the work load that is put on you as a law student, nor is it the consistency you're expected to work with. What 'worries' me is reading some people's experience of having absolutely no sort of social life. At the moment, I am not able to go clubbing but I will party probably about 2 times across a month or 2, this for me is a good way to unwind from school for a night and then get back into a graft until the next time. However, I see sometimes that people apparently find themselves locked in their rooms not interacting with anybody and just reading or writing essays, and i understand that ANY degree you do will, to some extent, expect this sacrifice of you but surely not every degree has you locked up and isolated for weeks at a time.
I would like to know if there are any law students here who could share their degree experience so far and tell me what the workload is really like and whether or not its even possible to go out for food/cinema/park/play football/go clubbing/flat parties while studying a law degree or if you are completely restricted to the library and your own desk.
Hi! Third year Law student here to let you know that it is possible to have a social life and still do well!

Of course it is a degree with a demanding workload, especially at a great university like Bristol I imagine, but it really is important to make sure you balance the studying and free time. I admit I struggled in first year particularly with this, trying to get all the reading done all the time and still trying to go out with everyone - giving myself no sleep and no time to just relax!

You should definitely not let the workload put you off joining different societies and sports clubs as these are great ways to meet people outside of your course/accommodation. Also, I found that having a club like netball or a society like film society gives you a chance to set aside time where you aren't forcing yourself to work as it is tempting to just get a bit carried away, especially with a course with few actual contact hours like! And of course make sure you dedicate time to do what you enjoy - seeing friends, going to cinema, whatever that may be.

As for going out, I would try and go out 2/3 times a week in first year which I think was a bit too ambitious given my workload and I soon sacrificed this to sleep after a few terms! But still its very possible to go out at least one a week or even a couple of times if its just drinks, so if that's the kind of expectations you had then you should be fine!

Please don't stress too much about this as I know I did unnecessarily as a first year, and let me know if you have any other questions
0
reply
Reality Check
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#3
Report 2 weeks ago
#3
(Original post by averagepupil16)
I am a year 13 student looking to study Law at Bristol next year.I took English/RE/History for my A levels and achieved AAA which is why i made the decision to swap from what subject i had the potential to study (I am aware grades do not reflect the whole ability).
What I have began to worry about now is not necessarily the work load that is put on you as a law student, nor is it the consistency you're expected to work with. What 'worries' me is reading some people's experience of having absolutely no sort of social life. At the moment, I am not able to go clubbing but I will party probably about 2 times across a month or 2, this for me is a good way to unwind from school for a night and then get back into a graft until the next time. However, I see sometimes that people apparently find themselves locked in their rooms not interacting with anybody and just reading or writing essays, and i understand that ANY degree you do will, to some extent, expect this sacrifice of you but surely not every degree has you locked up and isolated for weeks at a time.
I would like to know if there are any law students here who could share their degree experience so far and tell me what the workload is really like and whether or not its even possible to go out for food/cinema/park/play football/go clubbing/flat parties while studying a law degree or if you are completely restricted to the library and your own desk.
This is nothing to do with the study of Law. This is because budding lawyers tend to be quite horrible, antisocial people who don't really 'do' socialising or clubbing, unless it is going to advance their career somehow. :laugh:

J Papi is a notable exception to this. I"m being slightly facetious, of course - but there is an element of truth in 'lawyers not being very nice people' cliché. Law students aren't really renowned for partying in the same way medics or Land Ec. students are. Given the fact that medicine is at least as intensive as law (and arguable more so), I do think it has something to do with the type of person who is drawn to studying law at uni.
1
reply
harrysbar
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#4
Report 2 weeks ago
#4
(Original post by Reality Check)
This is nothing to do with the study of Law. This is because budding lawyers tend to be quite horrible, antisocial people who don't really 'do' socialising or clubbing, unless it is going to advance their career somehow. :laugh:

J Papi is a notable exception to this. I"m being slightly facetious, of course - but there is an element of truth in 'lawyers not being very nice people' cliché. Law students aren't really renowned for partying in the same way medics or Land Ec. students are. Given the fact that medicine is at least as intensive as law (and arguable more so), I do think it has something to do with the type of person who is drawn to studying law at uni.
What about I AM GROOT 1 she seems normal
1
reply
MidgetFever
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#5
Report 2 weeks ago
#5
The workload is a lot to deal with, but you'll still have time for a social life.

I'm able to go out drinking at least once a week and still keep on top of things, you just have to learn how to work effectively and find the right balance.
0
reply
J Papi
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#6
Report 2 weeks ago
#6
It's not that hard lol

Just examspot to the peak of your abilities
0
reply
Reality Check
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#7
Report 2 weeks ago
#7
(Original post by harrysbar)
What about I AM GROOT 1 she seems normal
Yes, I AM GROOT 1 is lovely, actually. Two exceptions noted!
1
reply
Numb & Dumb
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#8
Report 2 weeks ago
#8
(Original post by Reality Check)
This is nothing to do with the study of Law. This is because budding lawyers tend to be quite horrible, antisocial people who don't really 'do' socialising or clubbing, unless it is going to advance their career somehow. :laugh:
'lawyers not being very nice people' cliché. Law students aren't really renowned for partying in the same way medics or Land Ec. students are. Given the fact that medicine is at least as intensive as law (and arguable more so), I do think it has something to do with the type of person who is drawn to studying law at uni.
I am also an applicant and for so far have avoided paying attention to these kind of statements as I hoped that they would be largely based on stereotypes and not reality. Would you say that those of a sensitive deposition might struggle to thrive in a Law school environment?
Last edited by Numb & Dumb; 2 weeks ago
0
reply
MidgetFever
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#9
Report 2 weeks ago
#9
(Original post by Numb & Dumb)
I am also an applicant and for some time have avoided paying attention to these kind of statements as I hoped that they would be largely based on stereotypes and not reality. Would you say that those of a sensitive deposition might struggle to thrive in a Law school environment?
Don't let it put you off, it's mostly a stereotype. You'll meet some law students that aren't the nicest of people (myself included :lol:) but I've also met some of the loveliest people whilst studying law. I think the misconception comes from the fact that the subject can be quite argumentative by it's nature, so you happen to come across quite a lot of opinionated people, and some people will go to any lengths to prove they're right.
0
reply
harrysbar
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#10
Report 2 weeks ago
#10
(Original post by MidgetFever)
I think the misconception comes from the fact that the subject can be quite argumentative by it's nature, so you happen to come across quite a lot of opinionated people, and some people will go to any lengths to prove they're right.
Can't say I've noticed that on the Law forum :flute:
0
reply
MidgetFever
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#11
Report 2 weeks ago
#11
(Original post by harrysbar)
Can't say I've noticed that on the Law forum :flute:
:rofl:

Well... I must have stumbled upon the wrong place...
1
reply
XDaJokerz
Badges: 6
Rep:
?
#12
Report 2 weeks ago
#12
(Original post by MidgetFever)
:rofl:

Well... I must have stumbled upon the wrong place...
hey just a quick question, since u joined uni, was it easy making friends, and if so how did u make ur uni friends. DO u still go back to ur old school friends and visit them?
0
reply
harrysbar
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#13
Report 2 weeks ago
#13
(Original post by Numb & Dumb)
I am also an applicant and for so far have avoided paying attention to these kind of statements as I hoped that they would be largely based on stereotypes and not reality. Would you say that those of a sensitive deposition might struggle to thrive in a Law school environment?
But Numb and Dumb, in all seriouness there are some lovely people studying Law so I'm sure you will be fine.
0
reply
Numb & Dumb
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#14
Report 2 weeks ago
#14
(Original post by MidgetFever)
Don't let it put you off, it's mostly a stereotype. You'll meet some law students that aren't the nicest of people (myself included :lol:) but I've also met some of the loveliest people whilst studying law. I think the misconception comes from the fact that the subject can be quite argumentative by it's nature, so you happen to come across quite a lot of opinionated people, and some people will go to any lengths to prove they're right.
Thank you for your response. I quite enjoy arguing if it is on a topic of which I have enough knowledge about, so that should not be a problem. it is just that I have a few friends doing Law at uni currently and they seem to mention 'drama' a lot and that in the competitive environment people are generally willing to be horrible to one another for selfish reasons. I have also had a few people question whether I am too 'sensitive' for law, RIP if that proves to be the case. I hope not. I suppose I will find out for myself next year (hopefully).

I am certain you are very nice. Thanks again.
Last edited by Numb & Dumb; 2 weeks ago
0
reply
Reality Check
Badges: 22
Rep:
?
#15
Report 2 weeks ago
#15
(Original post by Numb & Dumb)
I am also an applicant and for so far have avoided paying attention to these kind of statements as I hoped that they would be largely based on stereotypes and not reality. Would you say that those of a sensitive deposition might struggle to thrive in a Law school environment?
(Original post by Numb & Dumb)
Thank you for your response. I quite enjoy arguing if it is on a topic of which I have enough knowledge about, so that should not be a problem. it is just that I have a few friends doing Law at uni currently and they seem to mention 'drama' a lot and that in the competitive environment people are generally willing to be horrible to one another for selfish reasons. I have also had a few people question whether I am too 'sensitive' for law, RIP if that proves to be the case. I hope not. I suppose I will find out for myself next year (hopefully).

I am certain you are very nice. Thanks again.
It is a stereotype, yes - but stereotypes come from somewhere. So long as you're a nice person, that's the main thing
1
reply
Numb & Dumb
Badges: 14
Rep:
?
#16
Report 2 weeks ago
#16
(Original post by harrysbar)
But Numb and Dumb, in all seriouness there are some lovely people studying Law so I'm sure you will be fine.
I hope so. I don't doubt that there will be some amazing students. These are just midnight doubts. Thank you!
Last edited by Numb & Dumb; 2 weeks ago
0
reply
MidgetFever
Badges: 21
Rep:
?
#17
Report 2 weeks ago
#17
(Original post by XDaJokerz)
hey just a quick question, since u joined uni, was it easy making friends, and if so how did u make ur uni friends. DO u still go back to ur old school friends and visit them?
It was difficult in a sense, because I have quite bad social anxiety, but it was easy in the sense that I just threw myself out there. If you make the effort to get to know people, they'll usually make the effort too. I joined a lot of societies, so that's where I met most of my uni friends, but made course friends through pro-bono schemes too.

I've actually fully moved from my hometown so I don't go home often, there's a few people I still visit when I'm home though.

(Original post by Numb & Dumb)
Thank you for your response. I quite enjoy arguing if it is on a topic of which I have enough knowledge about, so that should not be a problem. it is just that I have a few friends doing Law at uni currently and they seem to mention 'drama' a lot and that in the competitive environment people are generally willing to be horrible to one another for selfish reasons. I have also had a few people question whether I am too 'sensitive' for law, RIP if that proves to be the case. I hope not. I suppose I will find out for myself next year (hopefully).

I am certain you are very nice. Thanks again.
Uni is full of generic drama in the first place, but you can usually pull yourself away from it anyway, since it's mostly immature bickering, so yeah, don't worry about that. What do you mean by sensitive? As in you cave easy? or get upset easily? I'm sure you'll be fine either way, as I mentioned above I have pretty bad anxiety and I've managed to survive so far. It's difficult, but if you stick to it, it's worth it.

No problem though, good luck with your applications and whatnot.
0
reply
J Papi
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#18
Report 2 weeks ago
#18
(Original post by harrysbar)
Can't say I've noticed that on the Law forum :flute:
fight me

(Original post by Numb & Dumb)
Thank you for your response. I quite enjoy arguing if it is on a topic of which I have enough knowledge about, so that should not be a problem. it is just that I have a few friends doing Law at uni currently and they seem to mention 'drama' a lot and that in the competitive environment people are generally willing to be horrible to one another for selfish reasons. I have also had a few people question whether I am too 'sensitive' for law, RIP if that proves to be the case. I hope not. I suppose I will find out for myself next year (hopefully).

I am certain you are very nice. Thanks again.
I can think of a few law students who were competitive/developed rivalries over silly things like grades and mooting, but most law students in my intake were lovely and helped each other a lot (even when they didn't have to/weren't friends with each other). This was particularly true in third year and after graduation, where the ones with job offers would spend quite a bit of time chatting with/proofreading the applications of those without
0
reply
I AM GROOT 1
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#19
Report 2 weeks ago
#19
(Original post by harrysbar)
What about I AM GROOT 1 she seems normal
:laugh: Thanks Harrys :rofl:
(Original post by Reality Check)
Yes, I AM GROOT 1 is lovely, actually. Two exceptions noted!
Thanks I guess
1
reply
J Papi
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#20
Report 2 weeks ago
#20
(Original post by Reality Check)
J Papi is a notable exception to this.
(didn't see your post)

I actually think that I fell under this category as a first and second year - very little free time due to the law degree + CV-building stuff + open days + applications + interviews. Would barely go out once a week and was v. competitive with some of the people in my intake (the people I was close to had similar grades at A-level and uni, so the law firms we'd get offers from were seen as the first real differentiator)

This changed completely in third year, because I no longer had to worry about getting a job + I only had to worry about postgraduate + funding applications. The LLM is different, because it's at a different uni (so I'm 'on edge' again), with much older people who actually seem to be very... into it (unlike most of my undergrad cohort, who saw their degree as a slog/something to be 'done with')
0
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

University open days

  • University of East Anglia
    Mini Open Day Undergraduate
    Fri, 6 Dec '19
  • Bishop Grosseteste University
    Undergraduate Open Day Undergraduate
    Fri, 6 Dec '19
  • Norwich University of the Arts
    Undergraduate Open Day Undergraduate
    Fri, 6 Dec '19

Which party will you be voting for in the General Election?

Conservatives (4)
19.05%
Labour (10)
47.62%
Liberal Democrats (1)
4.76%
Green Party (3)
14.29%
Brexit Party (0)
0%
Independent Group for Change (Change UK) (0)
0%
SNP (1)
4.76%
Plaid Cymru (0)
0%
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) (0)
0%
Sinn Fein (1)
4.76%
SDLP (0)
0%
Ulster Unionist (0)
0%
UKIP (1)
4.76%
Other (0)
0%
None (0)
0%

Watched Threads

View All
Latest
My Feed