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The ULTIMATE Guide to Law School: Smash Exams, Grow Your Network and Achieve Your Goals

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23 Lessons (1h 12m)
    • 1. Welcome to the Class

      3:34
    • 2. THE BASIC PLAN

      0:13
    • 3. Materials

      1:39
    • 4. Note-taking

      3:10
    • 5. Scheduling and Calendar

      1:47
    • 6. Attendance

      6:24
    • 7. Reading

      2:43
    • 8. Cases

      4:59
    • 9. Assignments

      2:58
    • 10. Exams

      3:16
    • 11. THE PREMIUM PLAN

      0:37
    • 12. Preparation

      2:27
    • 13. Participation

      5:45
    • 14. Networking

      11:06
    • 15. Professors

      1:55
    • 16. Work Experience and Placements

      3:58
    • 17. Mooting

      2:05
    • 18. Private Tutoring

      3:22
    • 19. Routine

      1:50
    • 20. Weekends

      0:46
    • 21. Travelling

      2:05
    • 22. Summer

      1:02
    • 23. Law School Culture

      4:28
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When I graduated in 2020 with 1st Class Honours from Law School all I could think about was how I had not made the most of my 4 years in university and was plagued with regrets. In this 1-hour video, I explain why the goal of Law School is not just to leave with a degree certificate but to come out of university a well-rounded, confident and driven person. I break down Law School as a set of choices students have to make and how making the right choices results in achieving the right goals.

In the basic plan you’ll learn things such as how to take notes in lectures, why you should attend classes, how to organise your calendar, how to read effectively and productively and how to handle exams and assignments.

In the premium plan you’ll learn things such as the important of preparation and participation, how to network effectively, how to maintain healthy relationships with professors, why you should get a private law tutor and how to navigate law school’s toxic competitive culture.

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ABOUT HM LAW:

My name is Harris and I am Law Graduate from Glasgow currently working as a private law tutor. I make visually appealing, introductory law courses for students and generally curious people. My goal is to teach the law in an easy to understand manner and make legal education as accessible as possible.

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My Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/edad30abf112/law

My Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkEwB7Qotogc0GGQyCUijdQ

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Harris Mahmood

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Hi, my name is Harris and I am a Private Law Tutor based in Scotland.

I have created numerous visually appealing, introductory online Law courses for students, graduates and the general public to watch and learn.

My aim is to make legal education as accessible as possible.

 

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I also have a website which you can check out for more information

 

Subscribe to my Newsletter for early access and discount codes for all my online courses:

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1. Welcome to the Class: Hi, my name is hardest day. I'm going to be talking about law school. The best way to approach it, the mistakes that I made, and how you can leave law school happy and fulfilled with your degree. Reflecting back on my four years of law school. So I went to the University of Glasgow and I graduated in 2020. I see two plants that you can sign up to when you first enter law school, kind of like subscription plans. When you sign up to websites, first you have your basic plan where the ideas that the student will do, what they need to do to get the degree and just move on. And it's absolutely possible that you'll get really, really good grades. But the basic plant, the other idea is this idea of a premium plan, something that I've been reflecting on a lot since I graduated a year and a half ago and something that I really wish I had signed up for, instead of just settling for the basic plan and premium plan, you're not only doing the things that you need to do in the basic plan to get really good grades and to get through your degree, where you're also doing is achieving other goals. Outside of law school, you're making use of all the resources your university in your law school has to offer. And you're looking to leave law school with very, very few regrets. So always think that these are two paths that students can take when they are in law school and making a decision as early as possible with so important because you may not realize it, but life is actually really, really short and you're three or four years at university are going to fly by. So some of the topics that we're going to cover and the basic plan is going to be hard to take notes how to schedule and organize your calendar, had to read effectively, had to analyze cases, had to approach exams and assignments, attending classes, and whether you need to attend classes and what materials you'll need and all of these things if you do them, I guarantee you we'll come up with good grades. You'll come up with a degree and a certification, but you may not necessarily come a fulfilled with the Premium Plan. The idea here is that you fulfill all the requirements of the basic client. I teach you everything in the basic plan. I also teach you loads of other things, things with university themselves. I'm going to teach you specifically and more like life lessons that you'll need to know to come out of law school content. So these things will include how to prepare for class, how to participate in class, how to network effectively, had to get work experience in placements, had to build relationships with your professors, neutering, getting a private law tutor had to travel during university, spend your weekends and how to spend your summer holidays. And the idea here isn't for me to micro-manage you and tell you exactly how to live your life. Because believe me, I don't know the answers to how to live a happy and successful in fulfilling life. These are aspects of my life and university that I wish I never neglected and I wish I never just let them go off into passive mode. And I wish I spent more time on. So who is this course? We'll primarily is aimed to groups of people. Either you're a student who is not in law school, so you're thinking about studying a law degree, or you're about to maybe study a law degree. And also universities already in law school. And I think for those students, it doesn't matter which year you enforce second, third. And this course is going to give you some information, some help on how to navigate your university life much, much better. So I've been making online courses now on different legal subjects for around one year at managed to publish for introductory online courses for students Europe to study the subjects. And they are six parts each roughly. And they'll give you a very, very general introduction about all the courses. And so it's introduction to Scott soil, international law, international trade law, and European Union law. So check them out. 2. THE BASIC PLAN: The basic plan. So let's get onto the basic plan and what you'll need to learn. Well, we're going to look at materials, note-taking, scheduling and calendar, attendance, reading, case law assignments and exams. 3. Materials: Materials. The good thing about law school is that you don't need a whole load of items to really be successful. You can just go in with a notepad and pen and just go through all your lectures and take your notes. Of course, in the society that we live in, it's useful or helpful to have slightly more advanced tools and materials just to give you the best chance possible to come up with really good grades. Having said that, I still had very minimal tools that I use. And so pretty much everything that I mentioned, an acute effect inside my bag. So I'd probably recommend getting a laptop, a really good one. Macbooks are really good because it's all sleek and they're easy to take notes on. Can take your pick. I would recommend a really good laptop. And my first year university, I went through to really crap ones. And once one of them died in the middle of a tutorial, and I was left looking at notes on my phone which I got told off for. So get really good laptop or stored the one I've got a MacBook lasted me for five years. Absolutely no problems. No pardon pen. This is an obvious one, really good one, like a really good note pads and all that's weird, but some of the paper quality is just terrible. And some of these notepads to get a good one and a nice pen. And the pen don't think you need to spend too much money on that paper file or folder, because law school isn't advanced enough to just use technology. So the way you all get paper notes, you will probably need a folder to keep all those paper notes and headphones really important for when you just want to switch off or when you want to watch videos on law school subjects in the library, a phone charger, because when you're in the university library until six and need to charge your phone and a water bottle. 4. Note-taking: Note-taking, right? So there is no specific way to take notes. But here's something that I mastered in four years of taking notes. And I can split note-taking into two options. There is note-taking in class and my opinion or my view of note-taking in class, at least this is what worked for me, is that in class lectures and seminars there for listening and understanding there no, for you to take notes of the professor and rewrite his script and write his blog posts. Your first priority is to understand what he's seeing in the tape of way that you come out of that class with the new opinion or a new viewpoint that you never had before when you're just taking notes scribbling down. No. You're not coming out with any new opinions. You're not formulating new thoughts. You should only really take directionals if it's going to help you pay attention. Otherwise, just close the laptop and just listen to the lecture talk after lectures is different. That is where I probably would recommend you take notes, maybe not as detailed as you would coming up to exam season, but detailed enough that you can recap exactly what you just learned. And so making subject summary notes for every topic is going to be really important. And these nodes are going to be really helpful for when you're revising for exams, as long as you have a good filing system on your laptop to locate them. I think it's going to be very, very helpful. And creating your own notes is going to give you this real sense of satisfaction because it's something that you've created yourself. And you're also going to develop the skull, which is really important if you want to be a lawyer or just work in any industry of summarizing really complex information and breaking it down. That's exactly why I do my YouTube channel. I break down really, really difficult legal concepts and teach them in a way that an eight year old would be able to understand. One tip when you're making these notes, make sure you've got autosave on, you can do on Microsoft Word, but I still prefer Google Docs and because it would just save automatically and I can access it from anywhere. So here's how I created my own subject summary notes, which I then subsequently used to use for your old types of exam revision. So you need to use your university lecture slides, your subject textbook, and any other online resources you can't compile your notes. So these are going to be your foundations in terms of knowledge. Here's an example of summary notes that I mean, so we've got criminal law as the topic and we've got homicides as the particular lecture that we were studying. And you can see I kind of go into like a structure of homicide and law and explaining and giving a definition of it. And then I go into the specific aspects of homicide and Scott's law. So we're looking at Mordor, we're looking at the actus reus of murder, the mens Rea of Marta. And then you go on and you can do this with culpable homicide, which is the equivalent of manslaughter and England. So these nodes are ones that I made in first-year university and these are ones that I made and fourth year. So you can see not a whole lot of difference. And this is served me really well through all my years in the university. So this is one of the United Nations Law is one of my favorite subjects. And it's about use of force. Again, quick introduction, brief notes. And then you go straight into Article 2 subsection 4, which is the use of force provision. And then the exceptions to that use of force provision. 5. Scheduling and Calendar: Scheduling and calendar. So as a law student, your calendar, especially in your first few years, is going to be quite hectic. And you're going to have to really make use of your calendar on your phone, presumably to make sure that you don't miss appointments with professors or don't miss lectures or seminars or tutorials. And believe me, I've been there when you don't know, don't when you've got tutorial and you just end up missing completely and getting really angry email from your professor. So as soon as you get into law school, the number one thing you need to do is to link your university timetable with your phone and your laptop calendar to stay on top of these lectures and seminars. So there will be a way hopefully at least or was in Glasgow University where University timetable, where it's just directly linked to my calendar and I don't have to manually input to every week and every week at nowhere my lectures and timetables are. If you don't have that, you need to then make a habit of every Sunday and putting all your lectures into your calendar. But I'm sure there's a much more efficient way to do it. And the idea here is that when you've got your timetable already in your calendar, these things don't move. These are solid. And so all your other level appointments have to work in our own, your lectures and your tutorials. It's not the case that all the lecture is optional and so I'll just put in my dentist appointment at that thing. That's not going to work like that. Here's a kind of example calendar that is not too dissimilar from what I had in my university time. So see you on Monday we had criminal law attorney and then I'd have a group meeting at 12 or Public Law Lecture 3, and then I would always schedule in my events. So you've got Law Society events, you've got networking events. I would even scheduling football. Football. And so scheduling and all these things, just make sure I don't lose track of any of them. 6. Attendance: Attendance. So I think there is this myth before going into university that you have to have a 100% attendance just like you did in school. Because of course, if you miss classes and sue, someone is going to find out, at least in my university and in most universities around in the UK, attendance in lectures is not tracked. So whether you want to attend this lecture is totally at your discretion. Of course, I'm going to explain why it's better for you to attend. It's totally at your discretion. I fell into this really, really toxic cycle. And first, second year we are, if a lecture was just too early, not even die early like Technion, I just wouldn't go. And so for me, I used to justify missing lectures according to three main reasons. The first reason was that the lectures were useless. The second was that they were too early in the morning. And then the third one was that my university was just too far away, so I lived at home and the university was about 45 minutes away by public transport. And it was just really annoying to go there every morning and then end up coming back after the lecture and other 45-minute trope. And it's pretty crazy when you think about smaller comes walking 18 miles for clean water early, like Glasgow University wasn't in Zambia. But there was this really bad kind of mental barrier that article over. So I'm going to address each one of these reasons and had the 18-year-old hardest been in front of me. And given me these three reasons, I would happily shot down and told me as being a TA, and told them why. Each of these reasons are really just stupid reasons and justifications for his own laziness. So number one reason that lectures are useless. So some believe the lectures are useless because students find it difficult to pay attention. They don't learn anything. And the lectures are all uploaded online. And to an extent, I can't disagree completely. Some lectures are useless late, I'm not going to lie. When you have a professor who was droning on and on at nine AM and whose husband had his morning coffee. And he's got 20 lecture slides, all with legal provisions, with texts, no pictures, no effort. And to his lecture slides, of course, you're going to fall asleep. Non-human who's meant to learn this way? However, I'm not going to tell you to go to lectures because they are useful and in terms of the content that you're going to learn in them. But these lectures are useful when a very, very different way, because these lectures provide you with the opportunity to be in a situation where a unique experiences can happen. These unique experiences, what I mean is that if you're in a lecture theatre, there's going to be at least a 100 or 200 other students, their body. And the whole point of law school is to meet as many people as possible. And how the hell are you going to meet them if you're not in your lectures, that is where you're going to need these amazing and wonderful students. I remember the one time that actually ends up going to a lecture and first year of law school, I was sitting beside a guy and we started chatting. Law school, had difficulties have shattered as I turn the US from Germany. And he was from a really small city in Germany, was doing an exchange program. And as I got talking to him more and more, I realized that I should this university would be crazy and I would love to do an Erasmus Exchange there and fast-forward two years, I was on an Erasmus program in that same city that he'd recommended to me. And this guy is my friend to this day. I've got this really cool German law contact two, I can help whenever I need some help. That would never have happened if I didn't go to that lecture, I can tell you why I learned in that lecture is probably useless. It's absolute garbage. That's on the point. When I was there, I ended up speaking to someone and the conversation led to something much, much better than whatever I would've learned in that lecture. So the second reason I made excuses for lectures with that they were just too early. Now, this is the thing with lectures being too early. You've got to look at it from a statistical or a factual point of view. The idea of lectures being too early is this idea that, well, if I go to the lecture, I won't get enough sleep. I did my research on sleep after graduating and just how important it really is. So 90 percent, or probably above 90% of people require an average of eight hours of sleep per night. And Evers is non negotiable. There's a really good book on this called why we sleep by Matthew Walker. And he says that people who get less than seven hours of sleep, their cognitive functions are the same as if you were drunk. And so I can't overstate enough how important errors of sleepers. But the thing is, if waking up for an early lecture means that you're not going to get your eight hours of sleep. Let's say you came home one day and it means that you won't get your ears asleep, to be honest, I would say don't go regardless of the unique experiences, regardless of what your learn or whatever. I just wouldn't go I don't sacrifice eight hours of sleep for many things. And so I wouldn't sacrifice it for a law school lecture, but this is not an excuse for you to start missing. And because how you remedy the situation is you just go to bed earlier tonight before you probably shouldn't be partying on a Wednesday night. I mean, everyone does, right? And you probably shouldn't write in terms of living a healthy life. It can happen. I often call me old iPhone soon as I was going to bed at a reasonable time. And I wasn't having as many problems in Moscow. Now here's another trap that I fell into the water. Law school people fall into is the early lecture problem. So let's say I've got a criminal law lecture at 09:00 AM. And what I would justify it to myself is when I miss this, I just say, Oh, we'll whatever amount is all just missed the other two lectures as well. And you can see this lecture is that 12 PM. So I can easily just woken up at Nain and meet this lecture. In fact, they could have woken up at nine and made the 10.5 lecture. I would have gone eight hours of sleep. We would've been well rested. But it's like when I look at my phone and see the lecture or whatever, kinda like when you're on a diet and you see you're going to be really good for the rest of the week. And then Monday you really good. And on Tuesday the cravings kick in, the chocolate bar and then the rest of the week is just way off. So stop doing this. You can mess this means that you will get errors, but that means you need to wake up happening. That doesn't mean you miss all these lectures. You wake up at nine, you get dressed, you get everything ready. And again to unit for that 10.5 lecture, because like I said, stop missing all these lectures. You're going to miss out on a lot of unique experiences. 7. Reading: Reading, alright, here's a problem with reading. Always got, I got told this by a professor when I was doing an EU law class, you will always be set too much to read by your professors or your teachers, right? You will. The reason being there is too much valuable information Nevin the world, especially after the Internet, there are journal articles on every single niche topic out there. And so, so a lot of these professors, you're going to overprescribed you in terms of tags, articles, chapters in our textbook, rather than under prescribe you. And your job is not to read everything because you'll never learn like your job is to target your reading for your own education. I developed this method in university where I had this idea of targeted reading. So targeted reading, you read the introduction and the headings of your chapter of a textbook or an article. You pick out the most relevant or important parts because they're not all relevant and important. And then you read the relevant and important parts closely and you try and understand them. And to be honest, if you were to implement this method for each chapter or every journal article, you could get the just of the entire thing within about 30 or 40 minutes, maybe a little bit longer if you're enjoying yourself. Let's look at two things that you'll always get prescribed when you have seminars or tutorials. There is compulsory reading and there is optional reading. There is an r of how to deal with this. So with compulsory reading, what I would always do is I probably read them much, much closer than other texts. And so you implement the targeted reading technique to both compulsory and optional texts. But when you're closer to kind of exam time, I would read the compulsory takes much more closely. Especially when you're making the summary notes and revising in terms of the optional reading, I would read the option takes only a few, require more information, or if you're genuinely interested in a topic. So for me, being genuinely interested in a topic would probably be something to do with international law or something to where the use of force, something to do with maybe the United Nations. So if I were, say, optional texts on that, I would happily read some of those honestly, just as a past-time or hobby, I don't need to force myself to read these texts. Prey crunch comes naturally and everyone will have some topic and law school which still just be so passionate saw into they will read everything around the topic. If you're an environmentalist, you read loads of environmental journals or you'll be said, and environmental law, if you've had problems in childhood, you'd love family law and and how you're going to deal with stuff. Maybe you've had parents are divorced and you want to understand what they went through, there always be some sort of personal connection to a subject. And that's where I would say double down on your reading really get to grips with that topic. 8. Cases: Cases where after really reiterate this point, I told us to all my students and I need to tell this to all of you guys as well. Stop reading entire cases. And I value my time is very precious to me. You are home also value your time. I know for a fact that you do and you don't want to be doing things that you don't like. So when you read an entire case, which is 40 pages long, how is that you're valuing your time? Newsflash? It's not. And so there is a much more efficient way to understand cases to get the general gist of it that is conducive to law school. The only time when I tell you to read cases is F the case forms the basis of an assignment or if it is part of a trial. We'll look at these two examples later. But two websites I would highly recommend is Laci, Latinx or.net and e la resources Dakota UK. And you can access really, really solid case summaries and where it gives you the facts, the analysis, the judgment, and this is more than an offer 99 percent of tutorials and seminars, because if you have a tutorial for one hour, you're not going to spend the whole hour analyzing the case. You're going to spend about five or ten minutes. And so what is the point of view, right, in detailed case summaries when you know you're going to use it. Don't get me started on exam, so I'll look exams in a minute. If you are gonna use cases and exams, you need to shorten really long case nims for much easier memorization. This is where my advice is going to clash with a lot of your professors advice and they're humble opinion. I'm sure if I went back to law school and, and told my old professors, they would happily laugh me at the door. But professors will advise you not to use K summary websites because what they really want is for you to think about the law. So they want you to read these cases and really start to break down the arguments and start thinking that judges instead of thinking like students. But my problem with this is that the law school is law school. But when you get in there, you've got a bunch of these compulsory subjects that you need to take, criminal and civil, and corporate. And there is absolutely no way. I don't care how passionate you are about the law. You're not going to find every single subject interesting. I loved international and EU law. I could not, for the life of me stand constitutional and administrative law. I also heated property law as well. So even if I read an entire keys and really got into the mind of the judges, is not going to make me think more deeply about the case because I despise the subject in the first place. I'm just not going to do something that I really like to do. And many of you are going to be at home thinking, oh, well, you're just being ungrateful. Thus you don't have a choice. You're a law student, you need to toughen up. Well then why do we tell law students to follow their passion and specialized in an area of law that the lake and that they enjoy. Why not just tell them to do things to make the most money are the, are the most productive? No, I don't agree with professors opinion that you should be reading full cases and not using the summary websites. I think the opinion reeks of old boys club ball gentleman's club mentality that, well, we went through. And so you can't use internet resources, online resources to make your life easier because then that would invalidate the hard work that we went through. So I don't agree with that. I think you should value your time and be more efficient and less regard. So I said you should only use cases when it forms the basis of an assignment or what does that mean? Well, if we were to take an example assignment question, for example, when should an 11 select the one permitted in Boardman and Phipps be granted agents who act in breach of their fiduciary duties? Well, in this case, Boardman and Phipps would be the basis of this assignment. So you can't use just a case summary for this. You would need to read the entire case just so you have every single D2 on-point. And so he are, you should be reading the focus because without it, you're probably not going to do very well on this assignment in terms of using cases and exams. A lot of these case names are really, really long because there's multiple parties and they're to do with corporations instead of people. So it's really complicated. So I didn't university was I shorten the long case names such as Marko international insurance called limited, the surety guarantee consultants limited to adjust more co-insurance. And in the exam, what's most important is that you understand the rule and not the entire case. And so the example here would be, well, if I was in an exam under that time pressure and I would just write, unauthorized profits acquired through a director's conflict of interests are to be held and a collective trust for the company and can be reduced according to the circumstances of the kids starts the legal rule. And my authority is more co-insurance and the examiner is not an idiot. He knows that you're under time pressure, extreme time pressure, and you know your facts and you also know the case roughly, by the way, in real life, you will not need to memorize full case names that are paralegals will do that for you. 9. Assignments: Assignments. So this is really controversial debate whether assignments is, should you plan and prepare ahead with assignments weeks in advance? Or are you going to be the guy that does it the night before and you still end up getting the same grids as the person who prepped three weeks in advance? From my experience, I did see that whether you prepped well in advance or whether you did it the night before. Many times those people got the exact same grids. Again, that's totally anecdotal evidence. Pure. There are many studies that can disprove me, but I got some of my best grids. My mean, it's gotten their best grades having completed their assignments the night before. So my worst grids doing them a month in advance. But the reason I would always, always, always pick doing an advance rather than doing this the night before. Is that getting into the habit of doing your assignments and your work in advance and having weeks off and doing it in small chunks is a much more sustainable habit to build than to do things in life last minute. And for me, life is all about reducing as much stress as possible and finding an assignment the month before procrastinating, procrastinating, procrastinating, putting off, pairing off, putting off, and then panicking a week before and then doing all the night before on Red Bull and coffee is not the way I want to live my life, either in law school and my job, and considering your grades are pretty much going to be the same. Really the most important factor we're looking at here is stress. And there's way less stress doing an assignment weeks in advance than there is doing all at the last minute. So this is probably the best way that I would say to complete assignments and genuinely 100% stress-free. Sometimes I do my assignments and not few unknowns of stress. So I would probably break down the question into your own words, then divide your ESI intersections. For example, have an introduction, have your first, your second, etcetera. Adding the content and the detail into each section. Of course, that will mean that you need to research, do your research, right? Then link those sections together, make sure the AC is answered the question that's really important. Make sure you've broken down that question before and you've answered an always leave one entirety for referencing footnotes, bibliography, and another entirety as a buffer, we are your ESI is totally complete, but if there's any last minute changes, any last minute crazy hiccups and you have the ability to make that small change on that day. Really efficient method for me to organize my assignments was to create a folder on my laptop. And that would contain all my research material, the question loads of things. And so for example, if you have a criminal law assignment that would contain all my articles, my journals, my blog posts, all my notes as well. You can use Google Docs or Microsoft Word document. It's totally up to you, but this just means that you're totally organized. Your heads clear, everything sorted, and it's a good habit to get into for life after university. 10. Exams: Exams. So in terms of studying, studying is personal to everyone. What works for one person may not work for another person. And there are also lots and lots of videos on YouTube about the best way to study. And particularly if you go onto Ali Abdullah, scientifically proven ways to study, That's an excellent video. But the main thing that even allele up Doll spoke about and has video and I would see is that you always want to prioritize understanding over memorization. Remember, I'm always going to tell you to play long-term games instead of short-term games. And understanding a topic, always going to be more beneficial in the long run than is just going to be memorizing a few cases, a few legal rules. Now in law school exams are normally split into two types of questions. We have your SE questions. Where are the tell you to explain a legal rule. Tell you to give some authority binder. And it's basically you pin down your notes onto a piece of paper, but you also have problem questions. And the majority, I would say 80 percent of my exam questions, problem questions, where you're given a scenario of Joe and Jack and they have just murdered Mr. Robinson. And what advise them on how they can defense of self-defense, for example. And these problem questions can be so intimidating when you first see them in the exam and in past papers. Because unlike the S equation, you need to find what you're going to be writing about. The AC question tells you what you're gonna be writing about the problem question. It's all up to you. And so there's this really, really efficient method that is used to answer this problem questions. And it's called the IRAC method. The name is not important. It's called different things and different law schools. I don't even think in Glasgow University it was called the IRAC method, was probably the most popular name in terms the IRAC method. And so essentially what the IRAC method is is you break down your problem question into four main areas. So the I stands for Azure, identify the legal issues at play. The R stands for r2. State the relevant legal provisions or cases, statutes, legislation, that kind of thing is for applications or apply those legal provisions to the facts of the case. And finally, the conclusion state the effect of this on the issues and the parties to Jack and Joe go to jail or do the getline off. Now, know going into a lot of D2 with the IRAC method here. But there's an excellent course on Skillshare by a Professor of Law where she essentially breaks down the IRAC method and time goes into real detail and even applies it to a real life case. So I would highly recommend to check style. Now, I'm sure there's a lot of YouTube resources that go into T2 on this method as well. And so all in all that is what you're going to need to know to complete the basic plan of law school. And I assure you, if you were to do all of these things, you could easily come up with a forced or 21 and have a really good certificate and have a decent CV. Is it going to separate you from everyone else, the rest of the pike, are you going to come out of law school happy with your 434 years of education and fulfilled and be like, well, that was money well spent. I don't think so. I think when we're going to go into the premium plan, you're going to think, oh, okay, this is why I really signed up for law school. 11. THE PREMIUM PLAN: The premium plan. So now we're going to look at the premium plan that I want all of you guys who are watching this course or video to sign up for either before law school or if you're in the middle of law school, sign-up to as soon as possible. And this premium plan, what we're going to learn is preparation for class participation and classes. Network student professor relationships, work experience in placements, muting, private tutoring, travel we can summer and the unfortunate, competitive, I would say, toxic culture that law school has. 12. Preparation: Preparation. So preparation, you might be thinking, well is surely this is a basic plan. Surely this is something you would have to do if you want to go into class. Well, it's not. I used to go into tutorials having prepared absolutely nothing. And what I would do is I would have my laptop in front of me, have my head down and try not to make eye contact with the tutor. Less they asked me a question and then I'd be totally tongue twisted. The thing is, even if the tutor who to ask me something and I mumbled and answer, the worst-case scenario in that situation is you get a little bit embarrassed in front of everyone. The tutor can't reprimand you. Don't wanna keep you at the end of the class and say, harvest, that was absolute disgraceful. You really need to get your act together. She's going to be like right, whatever disguise, not interested. And so the only person losing out in this situation as you, and the main reason why I want you guys to prepare properly for class is so that you can participate in. I'm going to look at why participation is so important. As a general rule, preparation for class shouldn't take more than two hours for a one hour class. So let's say you have a one-hour seminar. I really don't want you to be spending more than two hours trying to prepare for this class. Otherwise, you're wasting your precious time. People are spent nine hours preparing for class. You're stupid. You're an idiot. So how to prepare for class using an example? Well, let's see. For example, I had a seminar on the topic was on rules of ownership and property law. So why would probably do to prepare for this is I would locate the required reading for the topic of ownership. Then I would implement my targeted reading technique for ownership. So that would be going through the chapter or the journal, looking at the most important points, the most irrelevant to the seminar and then taking notes or not, I would then make those brief notes on ownership, including the main points and an important legislation or cases. And if the seminar and if the seminar requires me to answer any questions, then I would make very, very brief answers. The reason being that when you're in the seminar itself, your tutor's not going to check your answers. And when you're they are, when everyone begins to participate, you'll have this nicely compiled lists of answers by the end of that class. So make really, really brief notes. You're not going to get a grid for really detailed answers for a tutorial session. That's not how it works, but you can make sure that you take all the information in class and P4P your answers by the end of it. 13. Participation: Participation. The reason why I want you guys to prepare is in order for you guys to participate in class. Participation is one of those things where you can happily not participate, not give a single opinion in your entire three or four years of law school and come up with a first-class degree. And you many people who came out like that learned pretty much nothing. Came out with a forced, I don't know how the system is working, to be honest, but there's two places where participation means very, very different things. So you can participate in lectures or you can participate in seminars and tutorials and lectures. Now, you know, my law school had 270 people in the year. And every lecture, lecture there was at least 150. So asking questions in lectures, trying to participate with lots of people is really daunting. I mean, you have to have bowls to ask a question in front of a 150 people bought. The benefit of doing so for your confidence, for your self-esteem is unbelievable. The reason being that confidence is never going to get better unless you do challenging things. And what is more uncomfortable than asking question in front of a 150 people, knowing that you might look like an idiot. Once you've done, you're never going to be scared of asking a question in front of 20 people ever again, perverse seminars and tutorials are where you really want to make sure you're participating in the class. Give opinions, ask and answer questions, clarify facts, points of law. I really need to try and draw this into some people, silent classes where only the teacher or the professor is talking are not only a waste of your time, but they're a waste of your money. When you come up with a law degree, that certificate is just a piece of paper. When you begin working, you will need to have knowledge and you will need to participate in your form in order to make them any money. How are you going to do that if you can't participate in a seminar with nothing writing on it in front of 1520 people. And I look, I totally understand that people with anxiety, they have problems with their confidence, their self-esteem. Personally, I never had that issue. So I can really sympathize with those people. Buy has been proven time and time again, that if you want to become more confident and if you want to increase your self-esteem in terms of public speaking, then the best way to do that, Put yourself in these very, very uncomfortable situations where you are forced to ask and answer questions and give opinions. And the thing is Professors Sen, seminars and awkward silences as much as other students, a cringes me to the bone. When there is awkward silences and seminars. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's just my personality. I feel it deep turn and my core when no one is speaking. And so a so always try and take the reins and offer some sort of opinion. Fetching only just could not take time, felt like it was slowing down when there was awkward silences. It was absolutely awful. And the thing is because I was that guy to break a silence almost all the time. The professors, you should look at me really favorably. And so students who engage with the seminar will be looked on more favorably by their professors and the knock and really strengthen their relationship. And we're looking at why a really strong student professor relationship is so important. So here's a little confidence-building exercise for all of us. If you want to improve your confidence and your speaking. So pick a seminar and a subject that you are most confident. And so for me it out probably be international law, EU law. So maybe in Seminar 1 you ask a question that you already know the answer to in front of the class, because you know that the answer that the professor is going to give is already the same as the one that you had in your head. The second stage after you're done, this is to answer a question that you definitely know the answer to. Maybe a student is struggling with a specific section. And you know, because you've prepared for the seminar that you know the answer to this. And then once you've done this, you've gone past a really important mental hurdle. So now you want to ask question that you don't know the answer to in front of the class, then you want to answer a question that you might not know the answer to. And then finally, the holy grail of seminars is to start giving your opinion and personal thoughts on topics. So really start to analyze the law and be really bold with your opinions and maybe even engage in a few debates with other people. I go into a few debates, especially in one of my seminars and fourth year, I think it was immigration law. And in fact, most of the time I would play devil's advocate for me coming from an immigration background. My both my parents are immigrants. I would actually play the opposite side. That play the devil's advocate said seeing that will actually maybe the home office have a point when they reject visa applications from people from Pakistan or Eritrea, Ethiopia. So not only were where people confuse, people, didn't know whether to get angry or no, and how it was brilliant. It was just me sort of China antagonized loads of these type top law students and they had no idea how to react to. And so just to clarify one thing. Whereas attendance is in the basic plans, so it'd be so sometimes you need to attend seminars and tutorials. Preparation and participation are very much premium plan topics. You could happily not prepare and participate in all of your seminars and comment with a first, like I said, I know people who have done that and it's absolutely possible. Hi guys. Probably should just add. So from here onwards, I had been speaking for about two hours and including all the edits that bits. And I was slowly beginning to lose my voice. And my voice got increasingly higher pitched as the video goes on. So if you're thinking what the hose happened to him, why he sang like a 14 year-old girl. I don't it's just because I'd been speaking for a long, long time. So just to be disclaimer, enjoy the rest of the video. 14. Networking: Networking, one of the most important aspects of law school by far, I think it's right up there is networking. Now. It's kind of difficult to understand what networking actually is, largely because it's used so much by so many people and by so many different organizations and different sets and groups of people. So I'm going to try and break down what I think networking is, what the most effective way to network is and how to handle yourself and networking situations. So I break down networking into two types. There's informal networking and there's formal. And informal networking can happen anywhere. It can be parties, social events, libraries, lectures, and on the street pretty much if you meet a law student who is in your year and he is interested, but you've made a party, you've met them are gathering, you've made through another friend die, is you networking? Absolutely. No, yes, you may not realize it at the time. But even if you're talking about football with this guy, you are networking because you're building trust and when you build trust, human into capitalize on that transfer is beneficial for both of you guys. And so really when I see informal networking for amine is making friends. When you treat people as people you're gonna make friends with, instead of just business associates, you're going to have a much, much more successful time and maintaining those contacts for the rest of your life. And they're going to provide more than just jobs they're going to provide you with, I don't know. Laughs and good shot and things like that. I don't know, friends do. And then the other form of networking is of course, formal networking. And so formal networking will take place our events lake, for example, a drinks reception followed by a talk by a guest speaker. Or you'll have numerous stalls and table, say operand the room. And it's gonna be different firms and organizations are represented. And the dress code for this is normally smart or smart casual. So get your P&L talk formally, stuff like that. So I had been to a lot of formal networking events and my four years it was the one thing because I'm such an extrovert. I'd love to go to them. And so I got really familiar with how you're meant Act and these networking events. What is the most effective way to make the most out of them? The most useful way to create contacts, to get involved with people. So I have eight tips that I would probably give it mean tips I would probably give to people. If the 12 network properly, number one, being overdressed is much better than being under dressed. A few end up in a hoodie where people are in suits. Forget trying to impress anyone. Number 2, always get there early. And the reason for that is because if you get there late, people have already formed their groups. And it's really difficult than BRCA1 to the group. You will just be a loner like with a drink in your hand. I've been there. And so when you get in there early, you're more familiar with everyone in the room and so there's more opportunities. I'll comment on number 3, have your contact details ready. So that would be, for example, a LinkedIn profile or a business card if you're that boogie or paternal, or even your Instagram, to be honest, I'm just have something ready for people just to maintain contact afterwards. Number 4, choose conversation quality over quantity. So all the time people make this mistake, there have been a really good conversation with someone. You feel like you're missing out because there's a 100 people in the room and you want to talk to at least 50 of them. Believe me, it's not worth it. The goal of networking is not to accumulate the most contexts. The goal is to accumulate the best contacts. And so speaking to people who are genuinely interesting, genuinely passionate is much more beneficial than speaking to lots and lots and lots of half officers who just came there for three drinks and three munchies. If you need to speak to one person for the entire name and speak them not just about law, but his own life about ethanol. What people speak about when he talked to people like general life stuff. And then at the end you get the guys Instagram, dy is going to be such a successful night for you because you made a friend, you've made a legal contact and you've had an all around great time. Number 5, make eye contact as sole overstated isn't everywhere you go. Job interviews, networking events make eye contact, make eye contact. But you don't actually realize how difficult is to make eye contact. Right now, I'm making eye contact with you in this camera lens. But very often I'll have to look like that or a half to stop making eye contact. For some people, they take eye contact a bit too literally and literally stare into your soul for five minutes. Some people find it really difficult, honest-to-God, define it. So difficult to actually just stare your eyes or your face. And so they will essentially talk like this and make their opinions kinda, kinda like that and kinda glancing at you like that. I was there array so and that was enforced in second year. I never realized how difficult it was to make eye contact. It was actually quite hard. Because when you're speaking to someone at a networking event, where is our job interview? There's a space in between. And so you can easily just look at someone's face as a whole and it looks like eye contact and networking events. You have heady up-close, right? So you're literally right there and you don't really know where to look, cray, you're looking at their eyes. Start looking at their ears are some psych, Christ, I don't really know where to look. And so there's a really fine balance that you have to strike between eye contact, looking away from other parts of their face, and then gone back to eye contact. These are things that this is a skill that you'll develop through your 34 years at university. The next two are don't become isolated and don't become stuck. I'm going to explain both of these in the next slide. And then the last one I want to touch on as don't drink too much. Now, I don't drink alcohol. So when I'm at networking events and I don't touch the alcohol part. I always noticed that there was alcohol and it wasn't just a little there was a lot of alcohol. I mean, there was really expensive fancy alcohol. Some of these networking events. And for people who maybe struggle with self confidence or for people who see the free alcohol and get too excited, it's far too easy for you to have one-to-many drinks and then began to start slowing your words and begin to make risky, edgy jokes with people who are very professional or very high up in the legal profession. After all these networking events, they are literally what I would describe as fancy. They are quite push in the sense that people are very wary of how they're coming across. There's a real emphasis on body language. And if someone has been drinking a little bit too much, remember you don't have to be drunk at this point. You just need to be a little bit slightly more confident than you are initially. And for those people, they'll start to make kinda jokes and past comments, maybe the other lectures about their subject and navel in a swear word hidden there. And to be honest, the truth is for partners at farms and for judges and other lectures. Yes, some of them might be receptive to the, might laugh with you. In my experience, the majority on they are for a banter type conversation. They're there for more of an intellectual humerus charming type of discussion. And so I'm definitely going to be the guy to tell you to not drink at all and know your limits, know your tolerance levels, and exercise caution when there is alcohol there. So here's an infographic that I've created, but how to avoid becoming isolated. And these are the kind of too pleased that you can do when you do become isolated. So let's see, in the first scenario, you're isolated. The best way I would see for you to not become that, to find on other loner. So you'll become a loner. And what you can do is you can find another loner. And it doesn't matter if they don't look very intelligent or whatever. But some of the people that I've spoken to these networking events came badly dressed, their info, any of the tips, I said before, they were just so interesting that came from crazy countries and had crazy backstories as well. So finding other loner, right? Even if they look a bit weird, just go and talk to them. And in the second play is, well, if you are a loner, find a group that seems more open. So you have closed groups where it's almost like little clicks and it's just impossible to get in. And then you have some people that are really open in terms of group rates. So their body language is like inviting and it will let people come into the group. And so you can just like go to the guide the end and just start speaking to manipulate or high heels are going. My name is Hadassah. I just saw you over there for just coming to high. Just caught on and start talking to him? Yes, a bit awkward or weird or the star. And then once you start speaking, you realize you're not a weirdo, you're just a loner. But the number one tip in this scenario, please don't do this as don't start checking, your phone is solved. But when you are a drinks reception and you see yourself isolated, knew, had the hoses up and the temptation for you to start checking your phone to stop the social embarrassment that actually you're not alone, are you actually just have better things to do? Is soul tempting? But the problem is learning nothing. You go on your phone, everyone else switches off their leg, although he must have their stuff to do. Let's just get into closed groups. When you're kind of looking around, there'll be someone who can actually feel sorry for you, like people have done for me. And we'll just come and start talking to me and eventually goes to forget about why they even came up to in the first place. So just be interested in your story. And then the other rule is to how to avoid becoming stock. Now what I mean by stock, well, as when unfortunately you do end up getting paired with another weirdo and they maybe talk a little bit too much. Or maybe they are just droning on and on about their own life. Or maybe it could just be that maybe this person isn't in the area that you want to work in. He has expertise is totally in a different area and you want to look at more productive context. Well, when you are in a situation is very, very rude to kinda just walkaway. You can just walk away. And it's very rich. Just say, oh, I'm going to go on top, someone else bear me. So having said that, I do actually have a plan for you guys. And you can tell that I've really been to a lot of networking events. So the plan here is, well, if you're speaking to a weirdo, there's always going to be some sort of loner, just like you were before. And so you want to basically invite the loner into the grips on who maybe are open. And maybe you say heighten environment. A queen him with the weirdo. And then move on. Because to you, the guy maybe weirdo, but for this other guy, you may be the most interesting person ever. That's exactly what it was for me. Other people didn't like. Some people are the networking meant for me? They were just fascinating. Just absolutely fascinating. And so when you have acquainted these two, you can easily slip away. You can just be like, Oh, I'm just going to go to Canada, drink or something like that and jump into another group and giving expert tactics here. But networking events. 15. Professors: Professors, in my opinion, having a strong relationship with your professor is really, really rewarding, especially when relationship extends outside of the classroom. Obviously, I don't mean, again, interrelationships and suffering with your professor Albert. And what I mean is having friends that are professors, but we're just friends outside of the university. And so these relationships are easy to, first of all, create and they're actually not too difficult to maintain afterwards. And so you can do this by emailing them are talking informally before or after class. Or you can just kind of arrange social metopes, go for drinks and Apollo been software, you're probably don't go clubbing with your personal. There are so many benefits and they can act as mentors and guide you through university. They can provide you with priceless knowledge and experience. And it can allow you to networking, placement and job opportunities first before other students because they like you. So how would you build a student professor relationship? Well, you contribute to discussions in class, give your opinion, like I said before, break those awkward silences. The lobby for that, speak to them for more informal subjects outside of class, talk to them about specific area in your course, or talk to them about football. If they're into football was up to you and just simply treat them as a friend rather than as a professor. So of course, watch what you say but don't suck up to them. Have jokes, couldn't talk around. It's absolutely fine. The reason why I encourage this so much is because for me personally and my own professor university to either consider more than a professor. But as a friend has helped me through a lot of challenging times. I know for friends of mine as well who have had these mentors or are far more than mentors, friends, they've also helped them through a lot of challenging times because these before so experienced if Sr OH, if Herder all the benefits for me were amazing. 16. Work Experience and Placements: Work experience and placements. I'm not going to lie. I'm probably not the best guy to go to on how to get vacations, schemes and placements. I've been rejected from pretty much everywhere. And the problem also is that I've never actively tried to pursue a lot of placements. Having said that, I have done three big placements in my life, each of which were obtained differently and each of which I learned different things because the forms were different sizes. So I'll go through how I go each placement, what benefits I got from it. But I'm not gonna sit here and tell you this is how you get a work experience placements because truth is, I don't know. I'm sure there are lots of YouTube videos I can help you with that. So my first placement was our really large corporate multinational firm, and I applied directly through their website. It was a four-stage interview process. So there was a CV and cover letter. There was a psychometric tests, which I'm so bad. Even today, there was an automated video interview and there was an in-person interview. And the great thing of a big farms is that they actually pay you for these placements. So I got paid pretty well. But these farms are also extremely competitive to get into. So I was one of six people in Glasgow who got this at its form. And so they are really, really competitive. The other placement was a medium size farms. So I applied upon reference from my professor again, what a good advert for having a good relationship with your professor. She approached me about this placement. There was a two-stage application process, there was a CV and cover letter, and there was an in-person interview. This was unpaid because it was a medium-size firm and it wasn't advertised. And so this placement requires a reference. And so this is where your networking and your professors will play a huge role. And in the third one that I did, the placement that was a very, very small farm. It was recently opened. And I approached the senior partner at that form at a networking event. So I found through the networking event, and it was a two-stage application process, the CV, and it was an informal interview. And amazingly enough, and I don't know how this is possible. I still got paid for because essentially it wasn't a placement in the sense that a lawyer would teach me things. I was actually working because if you're a small farm, they needed employees and they knew they could pay me a lower wage. And so essentially I was doing work for them. So it was 95 three days a week. Again, this was an advertised and it does require reference. And if you were to get something like this paid on PID, I'm telling you you will learn more in a week working in a form than you will in an entire year during the course. So if I could give any tips on how to get placements. And these are mostly mostly generic, but from my experience, and there are some steps. Number 1, the default answer is always no. So you've got to anticipate this. So you cannot get disappointed when you hear no, yes, you'll get disappointed for the first 1015 minutes. But you need to put up behind you because these forms are always say no to that. Very rarely say yes. You probably should be submitting multiple applications. And in trying to improve on those applications, these applications are like signing up to Spotify or something. These applications are really long and deforms expect you to do research. And so they will take you quite a bit of time. And so this is a skill that you'll need to improve through your time at uni. I should save all your cover letters for future use as templates because writing cover letters from scratch every time is a bullock. You should regularly update your CV and get professionally checked if you can. Getting IT professional checked, I think is well worth the investment because I think it's like 30 or 40 pound. And it's a CBO you're going to be using for the rest your life. So get a professional checked after any problems, who you know is always more important than what you knew. From my experience, I would've gone my last two placements if I didn't know someone and your personality should always shine in the interview. So you should probably shouldn't be a robot. Try and be chatty, trying to be charismatic, confident, not going to judge. 17. Mooting: Later. So again, I don't have a lot of experience with muting and I've only done three moots in law school. So I don't have a lot of experience and Moore Law friends who were unmuting competitions. And so I got these tips mostly from them. But if I could, we're told then those types. And to solve two sections, you have Prima. So the thing you should do before them, and then things you should do during them. So three Primo tips, research your topic as deep as possible and get to really get to the root of the law. So the FS means looking at textbooks from the 1950s to really understand this legal provision, than you should open up that textbook and get to the root of that legal provision because it's going to be so important because you won't be able to make a legal argument without knowing those finer, finer details. Number two, prepare for all the worst-case scenario questions. You'll always be asked on the MOOC or judges have seen before. And so they knew what questions the students prepare for. And they also know the question that the students very much don't prepare for. So prepare for all the worst-case scenarios and make sure yours and your partners arguments flow well and make sense if you're on the same wavelength with your partner, that's always good mood tips on the deal. So organize everything the day before and arrive early. Thus important, I arrived ten minutes late. And first year and as soon as I sudden the judge said, No, I'm not having this guy. And I had to redo them. And it was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. So don't arrive late. Again, being overdressed is always better than being under dressed. Don't wear jeans to just wear a casual T-Shirt. If you need a Communist, Communist. And pause before answering question to gather your thoughts. The most recent MOOC that I did, I got asked a question by the George and went straight into instead of pausing and pretty much gave her a word salad. And it was only thanks to my team needs to end up getting a good grade. So pause, pause, pause before you answer a question. And because they'll save you from look like an idiot. 18. Private Tutoring: Private tutoring. Now, I'm going to be biased here. I am a private law tutor and I'm going to recommend you get private tutoring. As a private tutor, understand there is a conflict of interest here in me recommending you to get private tutoring. But having said that, I've worked as a tutor now for over a year, I would have benefited from tutoring so much and university especially in force and second year. And it saved me so much stress from everything that was going on. So these are some of the benefits that I think that you can gain from private tutoring. And you can get personalized teaching specific to your needs. So that my students, I always look at how they learn, whether they are more practical. Whether you like me to just read off a slave, whether you'd like to do things and be interactive. And so I always personalize my lesson plan to my students to try and make sure that they're learning as much as possible and not 10. Number 2, you can learn from the experiences of a tutor. I am giving advice constantly to students, but things you should and shouldn't do. In fact, this is one of the reasons why I've created this course, because I go ask these questions all the time. I thought wherever I'm just gonna put this into a course on its promoter. And number 3, it pushes you to prepare and review work regularly. When you know that you have a tutoring session with your tutor 11 PM on a Friday. There is absolutely no way you are going to procrastinate your work until the Monday because you know that if you come unprepared to that tutoring session, you're wasting your own money. And tutoring is not cheap. Now, this is one of the biggest reasons why people don't get tutoring is the cost. I think part of it is to do with, of course, the high, I were leery of private tutors. But another part of it is slightly more cynical is this idea that, well, and I'm paying 9 thousand pounds a year for a law degree. There is obsolete Norway, Why the hell should I be paying extra for private tutoring? And as a totally fair common, you'd think that with name grand a year, you would get enough help and support from universities to get you through your degree. The reality is, you don't write these lectures have to cater to a wide number of students. They can't give you one on one time. They can't go through the lecture with you at your own pace. And so for you sometimes either you get your head down and do it yourself, which can be quite lonely and quite difficult. Or you pay someone else to do it for you to have. This person has gone through everything that you've gone through and they can explain concepts to, you know, really easy to understand. We know the cost of tutoring is normally between 20 and 40 per hour. And it's depending on someone's experience and someone's degree. And the reason that the cost is so high is because lottery shrink requires thorough preparation before the lesson. So for my students, of course, yeah, charged than 25 pounds, 30 pounds an hour. But it's because I'm putting in one or two hours of preparation. And so the way the up our LEA is not that great a wage. You get paid for teaching, Yes, but you don't get paid for the preparation that you do before. And if I can give you one tip, is that investing in a high-quality, passionate tutor is worth the investment nature that you do your research on who the tutor is. There's a lot of frauds. They are all people who know that they can charge 2013 our bought their level of services awful. And so read the reviews, look at what they're doing on the side and decide if you want to get taught by this person specifically. 19. Routine: Routine. Now without me trying to control your life completely, I would say one of the single most beneficial things that you can do for your studies and for your life as to develop a healthy routine. What is healthy and your mind is not the same as Wiseman mine is not the same as well as in Sally's healthy routine. So this will depend on your own life. But there are some basic things that you probably can't do, like waking up a reasonable time, getting exercise and eating healthy. Here's an example of my weekday routine. When I really had an on-point when it was when I was at my happiest, my healthiest. So I would normally arrive on campus at ten AM, weather had class or not. And I'd be just be studying with me at the house and get me a bit. I would be studying in the library, research things, talk to people with them in the library. It was kinda like social. 1 PM is always lunch and of course, don't need to tell you about healthy eating and trying out something healthy channel to load up on sugars or white carbs and protect her because the spike your blood sugar levels and then it comes all the way down and then you feel really tired for the recipe. So try and eat healthy men, but normally have class or maybe I just keep studying. And that would continue all the way until maybe about six where I'd have some sort of networking event. I'd have some sort of law school talk, not have some sort of guest speaker coming in. After that. I'll probably just go home and then head straight for the Gem mechanics we walk in, it's quite good to keep your brain ticking over. And so I would sleep on 12 is quite reasonable. And you might be thinking, all right, well, we're here for a good time, not for a long time or a year, whatever. But, you know, the good times only happen when you go sleep at 12 AM. So it goes live at home. 20. Weekends: Weekends, I would say with weekends, you want to use them productively. What you choose to do with your weekends is up to you. I will give you one rule. Don't spend weekends in your room, try and get there, and try and do things you like. So at an OF MY friends and join clubs, attend events. Please pause, practice skills, work on side projects. But don't stay in your bed on your phone, watching Netflix, watching YouTube videos all day. You're not going to learn anything, okay? Yeah, you may learn something from the YouTube videos fleetingly, you won't learn as much as you would by doing things right? I actually went and played a sport or imagine you went to a language class, was on like that. Probably saw goods. You'd learn so much more just for your degree, for your life. 21. Travelling: Traveling, traveling during university is so good. It's so fun. And you'll get to see things in the world and you've got so much free time, right? You've got so much free time before you start working full-time. That troubling university, a university is so beneficial and it's a great time to travel. So in terms of the benefit to your degree, I'm going to look at three types of traveling. So one is normal holidays, want a short University trips, and one is studying abroad. So with normal holidays with friends and family, and they can actually be quite beneficial to your degree overall, obviously that's not the motive to go on all day with friends or family, the multiverse, to have fun. But they can be benefit you'd tear degree if you kinda pay attention to different cultures and societies and how the law might relate to each other. Um, so the benefit is reality is probably 25 FED properly, a really good one is short University trip. So you get these educational trips with your university. And they can be excellent because they're packed with different cultural events. There's plenty of opportunity to network with other students from different cities and countries. And I went on a four-day trip to Germany and second year and pretty much changed my life in terms of the way I communicated and interacted with people in my year and just getting a lot of confidence. So benefitted degree for a 25 and by far, the most beneficial thing that I've ever done in my life. And my life is studying abroad for me is kind of a cliche, is become a personality. I transformed my entire way of thinking after my year abroad. And the reason why this is possible is because when you're in a different country, you can totally immerse yourself into another culture or society. You can not only understand the law from their perspective, but you make contacts from all over the world. So for me, I actually it was less of a benefit to my degree law that can stop is more just about opening my eyes to the fact that this world is actually really, really big. And just because you are in your bubble in Glasgow, doesn't mean that you're the center of the world. Benefits degree 55 every time. 22. Summer: Summer. So summer, you'll have a lot of free time in between years. So there are some law related activities that you can do. So that would include paid or unpaid legal work experience. You can visit courts and tribunals or you could treat our students are doing research because remember, you've already passes objects by in terms of other activities. I think they are just as important as the law related ones because they make you into this complete whole person. And the other activities that you do and you should do is go on holidays, called traveling in a different countries or for one or two months, learn languages and practice skills, work in different jobs and industries, and volunteer. All of these things are gonna be beneficial to you. But like I said before, don't spend all your son hold is on your phone and your bed. A few relate me and your weekend off at two or 03:00 PM and spending the next hour on your phone and then eaten breakfast at five. You can end up depressed. It's not going to be fun. There's no good. So good. 23. Law School Culture: Culture, right? This is a bit of a serious topic and kinda try and address this in the most concise fashion as possible. The culture in law school is one of the most toxic things I've ever witnessed in my life. To be honest, there is this idea in law school and parents, I think and most degrees that if you don't get somewhere than the other person can't get there either. Or if the other person gets there, then you can't get there and encourages this really bad. Can a competitive culture? We are, people are always looking at each other as competition. As if they're on the savanna, there in the jungle. And there is the last bit of me. And if they don't get their than the other person's gonna get it and they're going to starve and die. And this culture is always going to exist there. It's always going to exist because that's just how the world works unfortunately. So the problem isn't the fact that you're surrounded by the problem is if you start to engage with this culture, because yeah, you might get above short-term satisfaction by thinking that the world is a competition and that you are competing with every other person. You may get some sort short-term satisfaction by thinking, well, okay, I'm gonna get really motivated to work hard and beat this other person. But long-term, you will never actually be anyone because you'll always be competing against someone. You'll never win. And the problem is, it's just going to make you cynical and pessimistic and unhappy. And so I got this idea from a guy called novel rather can, who is kind of like a investor or kind of like a Philosopher nowadays. And he said, You need to start playing positive sum games and not zero-sum games. So a zero-sum game would be where students a wins or student B wins. And there's very, very little chance that both would be able to win. So if you find yourself playing a game like this, this is your sign to stop playing that game. Positive-sum game, on the other hand, is when students can win and Student B can also, when need to start focusing on playing these games, need to build a habit of getting into main set of looking at things like this. So examples of zero-sum games would be not shooting revision notes or study material. Not telling people that job and placement opportunities, not revealing interview information for jobs, not giving honest feedback of the applications and assignments. All of these things are zero-sum games. You think that if you give this information, the other person's contravened advantage and you're going to lose, does what you think. But the truth is, that means it's gonna get you absolutely nowhere. You need to flip positive sum games and positive sum games are sharing those revision notes and study materials, telling people about good placement opportunities, telling them how the entropy process works and giving them honest feedback, the applications in the segments. Well, this tells us when you start to give human beings things, they start to give you things back. Very few people were just going to take things and runaway, they are always going to try and give back. And like I said, in the long run, you're going to be better off. So that would bring me to the end of this course and I graduated in June 2020. And either lot of time to reflect on my own life and the last four years of law school that I just can pass me on during COVID, I think everyone had this opportunity to reflect on your own life and what they wanted over. And I came to this conclusion. I had made a lot of mistakes in the sense that I had not made full use of my potential and university nor in school. I couldn't so much more with my leaf for that point. And so after graduation, I made a promise to myself that from this day on, I'm not just going to pass up opportunities because of my own insecurities or own laziness, or because I think I'm better than those opportunities, I've got to take full control of all of them. And so if you're watching this omen, you're in the middle of university or law school, you're about to go into, make use of as many opportunities as possible, because those three or four years are going to fly by so quickly. And at some point you're going to be any room seeing the results of your graduation, being happy that you got your first or your 21, feeling unfulfilled, discontent and feeling like you could emit much more yourself through that time period.