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Things You Should Know Before Going To Law School

Pao P

Whether from family or colleagues, you’ve heard many things about Law School. From factual to utter fantasy, this can either excite you in pursuing a degree in Law or shake the foundations of what you believe to be true. It is one of the most respected and challenging courses in the university, and in this light, many things have been conjured than can obscure your senses on what to really expect once your in.

For some, Law can be a stepping stone along a career path in the legal sector, which will be further cemented by training and study as either a solicitor or a barrister. Notoriously challenging, many students are attracted to this course by the intellectual stimulation that comes with it.

Here are some of the things you need to know before signing up for a degree in Law.


It Involves A Lot Of Reading

As you would expect, you’d frequent the library a lot in your stay at the university. While studying Law, however, you’ll frequent it a lot more. Law students are known to stay at the library the longest. And the fact that there are a ton of books involved in law, and different academic interpretation of each subject as well, surely you’ll even need advice from seniors when you first arrive. 

There will be long nights involving many reading materials as well. But good scheduling habits will reduce the occurrence of such all-nighters, and eventually becomes more tolerable as you get used to it.


Everything Pieces Together, Eventually

It may seem overwhelming at first, and slowly you’ll come to the point of connecting all the dots together and understanding how it works, ultimately. But the process of going there may be a little longer than usual compared to other courses, as with the case of contracts and tort, as you may only learn certain topics at a time and not come to understand it fully until you’ve finished the next one.

Universities tend to organize subjects at the convenience of the student, like how Criminal Law is taken by first-year students since it doesn’t overlap with other areas.


You Need To Have A Keen Mind For Details

Your memorization and analysis skills will be tested to its limits, and even then, there are many varieties of specializations that will demand a different kind of combination of these skills. You also need to be prepared to sit down and learn cases, and the structure and key clauses of the relevant legislation so that you can find it in the statute book during the exam. It is normal to have legislation and case summaries stuck up around your wall during exam season, but because all this knowledge also needs to be grounded in the wider picture for the purposes of essay questions this isn’t just an exercise in memorizing names, which makes the process a lot easier.


There Are Many Career Options Out There

Those who practice Law don’t find a shortage of career offers once they graduate, private and public firms usually have stable positions that upgrade once you attain certain tenures. While in Law School, however, internships do not usually get involved early on. More and more law firms are offering placements and taster days during the first year of university so it is tempting to think that you need to get involved in deciding your career choice right from day one. If you are thinking about becoming a solicitor it is worth applying to these if you want to be ahead of the game, but the big one is the summer vacation schemes at the end of your penultimate year.


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By Pao P
Works as Customer Service Representative/Technical at Sykes Asia Inc.