Small things I love about studying Law at Warwick
Hi! I’m Mae and I’m a first year law student. This is my first blog so I thought I would start off by listing some of the small things that I’ve really grown to love about studying Law here, including some that I wasn’t expecting.
1) A bit of a cliché for Warwick, but the ‘Law in context’ approach: If you choose to study Law here, this is a phrase you’ll be hearing a lot. I was afraid I would get very bored of Law because I didn’t really know what it meant to study Law, and I thought that I would just be endlessly learning statutes and cases by heart and nothing more. Thankfully I was wrong! There’s obviously still a lot of learning and reading to do, but you’ll learn to start looking at the world differently and gain more understanding about why things are the way they are (and not just what the Law says about an issue).
2) Coffee mornings: Every Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30, the Law School puts out free tea, coffee, and biscuits in the Law Hub for all students. I didn’t think I would appreciate them this much but they have become such a nice part of the week to look forward to and to relax a bit in between two lectures! It’s also a good opportunity to meet new people (it’s where I met some of my closest friends at the start of the year) and to talk to your lecturers if they attend.
3) Free time: My last year of high school in France was so busy- most days I didn’t get home until after 5 or 7pm! In contrast, this year I have 8 hours of lectures and 4 hours of seminars each week, which leaves me with a lot of free time. This means I can organize my work how I like over the week so as not to get too overwhelmed, and there is still time left to see my friends, exercise a bit, or go to society events.
4) Law talks: There are often optional talks to go to if you want to get a different view of a subject or to discover more about careers in Law. So far, I’ve attended talks about the death penalty, miscarriages of justice, the prosecution of genocides and more!
5) The Law Society: I was a bit intimidated over the first few weeks, because I didn’t feel prepared to think about internships, careers and interviews yet, but I’ve really come to love it! They offer a lot of support such as talks to prepare us for exams, and they also allow you to experiment the practical side of Law a bit, through mooting or witness examination competitions (not to mention that they organize the Law Ball which is coming up soon!).
These are just some of the little things I really love about studying Law here, and I hope they can give you a little insight of my weeks as a Law student 🙂