“How Can I Prepare for Law School?
Around a year ago, as my exams finished and my summer break began, I found myself asking the question – how can I prepare for law school? Now that my first year is almost done, here’s what I think you should and shouldn’t do during that long summer before starting law at Warwick.
(1) Don’t Stress
First of all, don’t overthink it. I found myself worrying that I would be behind before I had even started law because I hadn’t studied it at GCSE or IB / A-Level. But please believe me, you will learn absolutely everything from the beginning and if any of your peers have studied law before, they won’t automatically know everything! You don’t need any legal knowledge before you begin your degree!
(2) Do read… if you want to!
You don’t have to read anything before you start at Warwick but assuming you are of course interested in the law, you can read! You may get given a recommended reading list from Warwick sometime during the summer. The most raved about book for pre-law students is Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas McBride which takes you through the entire law school process, from applying to exams, in a series of letters. It’s an easy read and doesn’t require any prior knowledge of the law. Here’s a list of other books which law students recommend!
(3) Don’t buy textbooks
It can be tempting to start looking for textbooks before you start but please don’t! Your lecturers will tell you exactly which textbooks and edition you need for each module! Also, make sure you keep an eye out for the law book sale where you can buy your textbooks second-hand from 2nd and 3rd years for a cheaper price.
(4) Do research areas of law that interest you!
You absolutely don’t have to know exactly what you want to do when you come to uni (I still don’t!). However, a lot of students will be talking about internships and vacation schemes and open days and all the different law firms they want to work for and honestly, it can be a little scary if you don’t have a clue what you want to do (speaking from experience!). Here’s a great website that details all the different sectors of law that you can be involved in and all about different work experience opportunities as a student.
(5) Don’t forget to rest
It’s summer break. You’ve just spent two years working hard on your IB / A-Levels. Please take a break! I know this summer break is a little different due to COVID-19 but take the time to do things you love, see people you love (socially distanced when required) & sleep. Nothing you could be doing to prepare for a law degree is more important than looking after yourself.
(6) Do be excited!
There are sooooo many opportunities, modules, societies and events to be excited about! You’re most likely moving into halls & you’ll make amazing friends! Have a look on Facebook for groups for law students or your accommodation so you can start meeting people online!
I hope this was some helpful advice but honestly, the most important thing to do is enjoy your summer break. Starting uni is such an exciting experience but don’t overthink it too much!