Stay on top of your work
There's so much reading
We know! And for lawyers, there always will be. But there's some help here on:
- taking notes (docx)
- managing your time (pdf)
- and reading cases (pdf), case notes (pdf), law reports and other texts (docx) more effectively.
Thinking about how you take notes (on a laptop or by hand) may also be helpful.
How do I fit it all in?
Being a law student at Kent is about more than just studying - but you need to be organised with your time to keep up with your studies so good time management is essential. Use a diary or planner so you know what is when (including deadlines (pdf)). You may also find the Assignment Survival Kit (ASK) helpful when planning your time.
It sometimes also helps to be able to visualise the timing of your assessments in some way, as well as to understand how feedback you get on each assessment will help you in future work. See the stage 1 assessments timeline (pdf) for an example of what we mean. If you are in stage 2 please see the stage 2 assessments timeline (pdf).
What else can help?
Go back and take another look at/listen to lectures or podcasts from induction week, including:
- preparing for seminars (see also this guide (pdf))
- introduction to legal research
- survival skills for new law students
You may also find the KLS Skills Hub reading list helpful for getting to grips with the study of law.