Choosing Modules – advice from an indecisive law student ☆
For law students, it’s module selection time! For other departments, you may still have lots of time to think about it but it’s never too early and it’s a big decision! I’ve selected modules twice now, once for my second year and once for my third. So, here’s some advice from an indecisive law student.
Do your research! Do not choose modules solely based on their names, the lecturers teaching them, your friends, feedback from other students etc. There’s a number of factors you should consider before choosing your modules! Here’s a list:
- examination method
- lecturers / seminar tutors
- student feedback
- complementary modules / ‘prerequisites’
I’ll go through each of them now & give you some questions to ask yourself.
What topics will you be studying on the module? You can usually find this on the module page. Do these spark interest? Do they sound boring? Do you have any existing knowledge about these topics?
Choose your modules based on things you like BUT also things you think you will be good at. Even if you enjoy the idea of international law, do you actually think you will be good at it? It’s definitely hard to tell if you have never studied it before, but try and have a guess.
This is THE most important factor to consider, in my opinion. You absolutely cannot choose a module without first having a look at the method of examination. Is it an essay? Is it an exam? When is it? How long is it? Is there a word count? Have you ever done an exam / assessment of this style? What was your grade? What feedback did you get?
Choose your modules based on your STRENGTHS. Do not bulk up your year with exams if you don’t work well under pressure, and likewise, don’t choose loads of essay-based modules if you can’t write 3000 words without wanting to tear your hair out.
Lecturers / Seminar Tutors
Don’t take a module that you are not interested in based on a lecturer you like. But, if you’re on the fence about a module, maybe have a look at the lecturers and tutors. I would say it is more important to avoid modules where you know you don’t enjoy someone’s method of teaching. If you have already been taught by them, you know who works best for you.
Ask around! Chat to any friends you have who have studied the module or ask in group chats. Ask the bloggers! When you ask, inquire about their favourite and least favourite topics, the teaching methods, the exams, and any tips they may have.
If you want any feedback from me, message me on here or instagram (allana.mariee)! I’ve taken:
Criminal Law, Tort Law, Property Law, Modern English Legal System, Legal Theory, (1st year), Contract Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law, EU Law, Writing Human Rights, Medicine Law, and Criminal Evidence (2nd year)!
Complementary Modules / Prerequisites
I don’t think there are any actual prerequisites but some modules are more useful than others for certain other modules. For example, it would probably be useful to study Constitutional and Administrative Law before choosing Comparative Constitutional Law. Have a look at related modules, look at the modules you have already done and which you have done well in, choose modules that work well with other choices or expand upon your exist knowledge!
At the end of the day, you can choose whatever you want! Sometimes you will just be drawn to a module and that’s fine too. Good luck!