How to study law and pass (pro tips for beginners)

This post teaches how to study law.

It shares very powerful tips that can help any person on how to study law and get a great GPA.

It also shares some useful insights into how to study law at home.

now let’s get started

How to study law

The following is how to study law and become a very successful law student.

Be Interested

Being interested in studying the law is the master key to doing it successfully, otherwise, you will always feel overwhelmed and bored.

It should never be a chore to study the law. Stop going to lectures only because you feel obligated to; this will never work! Instead, consider studying law as a springboard to a brighter future and a more rewarding work, rather than a sentence you’ll have to serve for several years.

Studying law necessitates commitment. While your tutors will assist you, you must be able to encourage yourself to study, take initiative when necessary, and learn to manage your time and fulfill deadlines.

Choose your organization properly to ensure that you are always interested in studying law.

People in our immediate environment have a direct impact on us: they either inspire us, drive us to be better versions of ourselves, or they drag us down.

The social environment is the most important factor in academic performance. So only include people in your network who share your thinking and life goals, as well as those who are continuously seeking to develop themselves and willing to support you on your learning path.

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Master the basics

Studying law requires a number of skills, it is intellectually challenging but also highly rewarding-Northumbria University

There is a lot of basic stuff you need to master to make your law studies easier. I know it’s hard to master all of them at once, the best way is to master the vital basic skills/things and you will learn more as you move forward.

The basic skills you must master while studying law include;

  1. How to brief cases
  2. note-taking skills
  3. Reading skills
  4. Writing skills
  5. Presentation skills
  6. Communication skills.
  7. Researching skills

The important thing to note is that most of the skills required to study law are not taught, they can only be acquired. In other words, no one can teach you these skills, you can only acquire them in the course of learning and practice.

Mastering all the basic skills will help you get interested in your law studies, eventually, you will be the best student, and lawyer indeed.

The following resources may help you learn more about mastering the basics

Attend all class

One day I was preparing myself to go to university and pursue my LL.B, I came across my brother who is a famous attorney in my town, we had a short talk and I asked him for any tips to help me be the best law student and finally the best lawyer, He just chuckled and say Never miss a class!

And today I want to insist you, if you want to study law Succesful, make sure you attend all classes, don’t just attend, attend all classes with purpose, be on time, arrive at class prepared, participate, take notes, attend review sessions.

When you arrive on time for class, it shows your lecturer that you care about the class and are willing to put up the effort to learn.

Attending class will help you digest the complex legal issues through class lectures and discussions. Your lecturers use examples, anecdotes, and real-life applications to help you grasp and retain complex legal concepts.

Also attending class will help you learn from your fellow students. You can hear diverse opinions and ways of interpreting ideas in-class discussions.

Attending class may also help you anticipate the areas for concentration for exams purpose. Your professor’s emphasis on certain facts, concepts, or processes throughout the class. He may also expressly say that you should expect this thing on your exam.

Prepare your outline for each class

You need a course outline for each course in your study. The class outline will help you set expectations and see your destination. It will help you determine the skills you need to develop along the way and the foundations you need to establish at the outset.

Don’t rely on commercial outlines or those written by more experienced students. Using someone else’s outline is no replacement for creating one yourself. The analysis of the rules of law required to construct a course outline will aid you in mastering course content and determining how the rules of law interact. An overview can be created once a week, once a month, or anytime a new topic is finished. What matters most is that you actually do it.

Do all the readings

The truth is you will always have a lot of things to read as a law student. Make sure you finish all of your allocated readings on time. You may never catch up if you fall behind in your readings. Do your reading tasks when you have the time and in a place where you won’t be distracted.

Understanding and thinking about the subject are more important than just sweeping your eyes across the page when it comes to completing your assigned reading.

I advise you to do the following to make sure you do all the school readings

  1. Develop your own learning style (can you manage reading 1-2 hrs or just 20m are enough for you? do you need background music? or a discussion?)
  2. Schedule a reading time and be ruthless to it (can you do it daily? at what time? where?)
  3. Read effective to make sure you do not reread everything again (take notes, highlights, flashcards, etc)
  4. Prioritize (Know that you can’t read everything)

Form  a study group

Study groups are beneficial since your classmates and friends can assist you in understanding difficult law topics. And you’ll feel great when you’re able to help them understand something they’re having difficulty with!

A good study group should consist of three to five people who meet once or twice a week for one to three hours. Less than an hour of study time is likely to be rushed. When a study session lasts too long, productivity suffers and group members may lose focus.

I know the hard task is to select your group mates and how to manage your group. The following guideline might  be helpful;

  • Select only those who are interested to join you and have something to share
  • Set rules and guidelines for the group’s operation.
  • Agree on meeting times that are convenient for everyone.
  • Choose a good venue to meet, and consider space, accessibility, and lights.
  • Prepare a topic schedule for each session in advance.
  • Select group leaders for every study session.
  • You may create a social media group to discuss and plan things in advance
  • During discussion
    • brings snacks and drinks to enhance focus.
    • Make a schedule for each discussion and stick to it.
    • Take regular breaks to ensure that nobody feels exhausted.
    • To get the most out of your studies, try a variety of ways of learning (role plays, Q and A, etc)
    • Do review before closing the day.

Take a lot of practice exam

One of the most effective strategies to study law and prepare for tests is to take practice exams, especially those given by your professors. To evaluate your success, take each practice exam and compare your answers to the sample answers. You’ll be better prepared for the actual exam if you take as many practice exams as possible.

Practice old exams help you get acquainted with the format of the questions and if you time yourself, will help you ensure that you spend the appropriate amount of time on each part.

Additionally, practicing exams encourages review and studying, as well as earlier learning and thereby spacing out learning, which is believed to boost retention and memory.

When practicing old exams your focus should be on the nature of the questions, which topics tend to appear more, etc.

See also: how to answer law exam questions (step by step with vivid examples)

Don’t compete, learn

Law school is very competitive, and you want to give it you’re all. But keep in mind that only one person will be at the top of the class, and it is unlikely that it will be you. Concentrate on learning and getting the best GPA possible.

The only person you need to compete with is yourself. Set smart goals and seek to improve every day. Assess your daily performance and always looks for areas you should improve. You may take you to discuss with your friends it profession about your overall school progress.

Don’t get caught in the competition trap, it will be stressful and detrimental to your school life.

Always seek help whenever you need it! there are a number of resources available to you- your colleague, senior students, professors, online, etc.

Have a School-life balance

Our bodies and brains were not designed to concentrate nonstop for long periods of time. You will eventually burn out if you continue to devote all of your energy to your studies.

Studying a law alone, without tailoring studies to your lifestyle, is a waste of time. It won’t make you happy; you’ll find it difficult to pay attention, stay focused, and truly learn stuff.

It’s critical that your study schedule fits seamlessly into your daily routine, allowing you to minimize stress and tiredness while achieving the greatest possible outcomes at the lowest possible mental and physical cost. Make time to spend with friends and family, watch a movie, or read literature that isn’t academic. Have Fun!

How to study law at home

In a real sense, you cant study law at home and have your degree, studying law at home is just useful to build a foundation in your law career, if you really wish to become a lawyer.

The best place to start studying law at home is to look for beginner’s law books, also you have to do something that is likely to develop your reading skills, communication skills, writing skills, researching skills, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and arguments skills as they are fundamental skills in pursuing a career in law.

You can borrow books from your local library or buy one and gradually begin reading and comprehending the law; the language of the law is not simple, and you may need to consult a good dictionary to comprehend the meaning of complex words.

To acquire other skills required in law studying law, you can listen to interviews, watch court TV shows, play games, and personally talks to lawyers, to make sure you are learning and make the most of it.

Isack Kimaro
Isack Kimaro

Editor-in-chief and founder of sherianajamii.com. Holder of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Lawyer by profession and blogger by passion