You’ve Accepted Your Offer to Study Law, What's Next?
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So you’ve turned up to enrolment day at your new law school – and it is just an information overload! Well I’m here to tell that it’s going to be OK. Many of you will be looking to study your Bachelor of Laws alongside another degree. In your double degree, you’ll soon discover that studying law is very different and requires you to apply yourself to make the most of your studies.
Follow these tips and see how they might help make the jump from high school, tafe, or working life to law school, just that little bit easier.
1. Attend OWeek
OWeek, otherwise known as orientation week is a great way to meet other students who will be studying the same degree. OWeek happens the week before classes start and give you the opportunity to explore your university, join clubs and societies, attend parties at your uni and come home with a bunch of pens, notepads, highlighters and badges. Faculties also hold induction events that discuss your course in further detail including subject offerings, major choices and timetabling. Don’t worry if you forget it all - you can usually find this information elsewhere.
2. Sign up to a peer mentoring program.
During O Week, enquire about a faculty-based or society-run mentoring program. These are often run by older students who can point you in the right direction - think study tips and tricks, where to find the best coffee on campus, which lecturers are great and which ones you should avoid. You’ll also get to meet a bunch of other people in your group. New friends? Tick.
3. Join the law society.
Another terrific way to meet first years and senior students. Societies host camps, skills events, competitions, networking events, parties and of course Law Ball – the #1 event of the year!
4. Familiarise yourself with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3 (AGLC3).
Ah, the Australian Guide to Legal Citation. You will use this for almost every assignment and it explains how to reference accurately. Mark my words this book will become your best friend. The guide is also available online if you don’t want to spend cash monies on a hard copy.
5. Get your study life organised early.
Prior to the exciting times of O Week, buying books, getting your student cards and meeting new people, you will need to organise your university timetable. Put your compulsory classes into your planner and then find a tutorial that fits your timetable well. Organise your study routine around your university hours and any work or volunteering you may do. Ensure that you also include time for sports, hobbies and relaxation time!
Good luck with your studies and enjoy the ride!
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