Dear Offer Holders
Over the past two weeks, I have been volunteering at the Offer Holder Open Days at the Law School and talking to future Law students about the course and Warwick as a whole. I know that I wasn’t able to attend my Offer Holder Day, so I thought it might be interesting to answer some of the most popular questions I’ve been asked to help everyone who couldn’t go either.
“Is there a lot of reading? Is the workload manageable?”
Almost all of the students I spoke to were worried about the reading and the horror stories we’ve all heard about studying Law. Having studied Law for almost two terms and having sat two exams already, I would say not to worry about it too much, and not to let it put you off. There is a lot reading, and I admit that the first few weeks of readings took a bit of getting used to, but it is very much possible to go through all of your reading and seminar prep without feeling like you are spending all of your time working.
Personally, I try to get through the reading before each lecture so I have a vague idea of the topic, and then I read it in more detail along with my lecture notes to prepare for my seminars. Additionally, you will get used to reading a lot. It used to take me hours to get through the reading for a single module, but as the year goes on you realize what details you should be focusing and which parts you simply need to be aware of but not necessarily know everything about.
“What are seminars like?”
We have one seminar per module each week, so four seminars weekly. For seminars, you are split up into groups of about fifteen and given work to prepare in advance and discuss in your seminar. Typically, the questions you will have to prepare will be focused on the previous week’s lectures, although it can vary a bit as some sessions will be dedicated to legal methods or essay writing tips for example.
Seminars can seem a bit intimidating at first, but you do get used to them and they are so helpful! They are your opportunity to clear up all the points you didn’t understand with your tutor, and debate with others in your group. It’s also nice to know when people are just as confused and clueless as you are about a topic! As a first year, I also like the fact that we are with the same people each time (as there are no optional modules) so you get to know everyone better, and it makes the seminars feel more relaxed.
“What is your weekly budget?”
It really depends on the weeks and what I do. On average, I spend about 40£ on food. I usually do a big Tesco haul over the weekend and then go to Rootes (our on-campus grocery store) during the week if I start running out of some essentials like milk and eggs. At the start of the year you might be spending a bit more to stock your kitchen, buy additional things for your room and for all the events going on. Some weeks I will spend more overall if I go out, buy books, or participate in society events (some are free and some aren’t).
“Where do you live? Did you get your first choice of accommodation?”
I’m living in Whitefields this year (the oddly shaped houses next to the Student Union). I’m staying in a flat of 12 and I share a bathroom and toilet with 5 other girls. It was very much not my first choice, as I had put it down as my 5! However, a lot of people I know did get their first choice of accommodation. I was a bit terrified before coming, especially because I had been hoping for an en-suite room, but I’m quite happy with where I am now. My room is large and comfortable and sharing the shower has never been a problem so far. Oh, and it’s very much in the center of campus so it only takes me 5 minutes to get to all my lectures. The downside is that we do not have a lot of fridge space, the kitchen can quite get cold in winter and, because it is old, sometimes things break down (but the university is usually very helpful with this and sort it out as quickly as they can).
“When do you need to start looking for second-year housing?”
I could make a whole blog about second year housing, but for now I will just say this: do not worry about it! That is what everyone told me, and I still got very stressed out about it, but it’s really not necessary. Do take your time. I got to Warwick telling myself I would be done with housing before December, but in reality I only signed the contract for our house at the end of January, and there are still lots of houses available now and throughout the year.
I was asked many more questions, but these are the ones that popped up the most. Hopefully, what you can understand from my answers is that personally I worried a lot about everything before coming here, but ended up loving everything about the university and my course!
I hope this was helpful, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions 🙂