Term 1; the good, bad & ugly
As this LOOONNGG month of January comes to an end, I’m feeling quite introspective and ready to reflect on term 1 of my Law degree. I will give you my opinions on the course and my tips for you coming to start your course here at Warwick.
In year 1, all the modules are core modules and so you don’t actually have a choice in what you study this year. At the beginning I thought this would be a bit boring but its essentially because they want to complete as many of the core modules this year to give you more freedom in the next 2 years.
This has to be my favourite module so far. I feel like your opinions will change on criminal law because, I don’t know about you but a lot of what I thought I knew came from AMERICAN tv shows which already from the jump doesn’t NOT help you AT ALL. I would definitely recommend before you come here, try and watch or read something based on the English criminal law. Fictional stuff is obviously not going to be the most reliable for real life but its better than American laws. I personally am a Law and Order SVU fan and so even though it gave me some sort of understanding of the law in general but I definitely had to start unlearning things. I personally would recommend you read ‘The Secret Barrister’ which goes though the life of a criminal law barrister and the way in which the criminal legal system work.
The law of Tort was one that I had no clue about before I got here. There was nothing that I really did to prepare myself to start the Tort Module. I would say this was the most fun module last term. We had our first assessment in week 5, and this really helped build my confidence as we went on through the term. I would suggest you take that formative seriously just so that you can gain some understanding on how to write an essay in University and even if it doesn’t go the way you wanted you know exactly where to go from here. I feel like Tort was a very straight forward module for that term but if I’m honest with you coming back from Christmas it got INTENSE. So top tip for tort ( the alliteration) revise as you go on.
Well. Property. What can I say about this module? If I’m honest with you to this day I’m still lost with property. I don’t want to make you scared or anything but I want to give you my honest opinion, this was the ugly of term 1. I don’t want you to think that it is the worst thing in this world but you have to be ENGAGED in those lectures. Please, please, please don’t take it for face value all the time. I really need you to read over your notes, read over the slides and read over the lecture notes. I say this simply to help you but I genuinely feel like its something that you either get from the start or you don’t. If you’re anything like me, and you don’t, don’t get disheartened, pick up your books and read it over. I’ll let you know when it gets easier but despite the difficulty, you learn the most practical information. Right now, I’m in the process of signing a contract for my house next year and for the first time in my life, I really understand what is going on.
Modern English Legal System
Or MELS for short, is one of the ‘half modules’ you do this year. You complete this module by the Winter Holidays and it is the first thing you submit that count to your grade this year. This module has recently been changed from the way they did it last year. For this module we have two seminars rather than the normal two lectures and one seminar so it is a lot more interactive. You learn a lot more of the practical procedures and elements of the justice system, how judgements are written and the way in which precedents are applied throughout the Justice system. My personal suggestion for MELS is to give it 100%. There are seminar tasks which you may feel are difficult and feel like giving up on because I did- more than once. However, there is a lot of support and opportunities to improve your skills.
Term 1, overall I would give it a 7/10. There is nothing I would really complain about academically and I think it was a really easy and calm way to transition from sixth form to University. If I’m honest with you, my politics friends and sociology friends were stressed out more than I was so please, please, please RELAX before you get here. Take it easy and if you ever need anything, you can always message me.