We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the School of Law, Criminology & Policing. Before you join us for your LLB (Hons) Law degree, we’ve gathered together a range of course related activities to help you feel prepared for your university studies. These include suggested reading, useful websites and some great things to do right now. Read on to find out more.
You’ll be given lots of information about which textbooks to read and introduced to the University Library, as well as the many ebooks we have for you to access, when you begin your studies in September.
In the meantime, there are a couple of books you might like to read before starting your degree if you can. We don’t recommend rushing out to buy texts before you arrive. But if you can pick some up second hand, borrow from a library or access online, we suggest the following:
- The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken by The Secret Barrister
- Just Law by Helena Kennedy
- Eve was Framed by Helena Kennedy
- Letters to a Law Student by Nicholas McBride
- The Rule of Law by Tom Bingham
- Spider Woman by Lady Brenda Hale
We’d also suggest browsing books such as ‘Legal Skills’ by Finch and Fafinksi.
The Law Trove
As a law student, you’ll be provided with free access to Law Trove. This is an online resource which gives you access to all of your textbooks and additional readings for your modules. So there’s no need to buy any textbooks. You will be given full training on how to use Law Trove and you’ll also be able to access hard copies in the library.
During your first week, you’ll be provided with:
- a programme handbook which contains all information relating to your programme.
- module handbooks for each module that you are studying.
The module handbooks contain details of the module including: learning aims and outcomes, seminar and lecture schedule, required or suggested reading and assessment details.
Ongoing skill development
Throughout your studies you will also be required to attend introductory sessions and skill development sessions which will provide you with guidance on matters such as: how to access and use library services, how to use our virtual learning environment (Blackboard) and how to develop your academic skills such as essay writing and delivering a presentation.
- Law in Action BBC Radio 4’s long running legal podcast, featuring reports and discussions on matters relating to law.
- Law Pod UK Brought to you by barristers at 1 Crown Office Row, Law Pod UK covers developments across all aspects of civil and public law in the United Kingdom.
- Linkubator Linklaters’ trainee-led podcast that brings you the hottest topics in the legal technology and innovation space.
- The Intelligence from The Economist Daily podcasts providing a unique perspective on an expansive range of geopolitical issues and events shaping the world.
- BBC Radio 4 Best of Today Offers insights, analysis and expert debates as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories.
- Law: Firming It A new podcast on Spotify from young professionals who discuss their journeys into law and provide hints and tips on the SQE route.
- UK Supreme Court The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- Search for and watch the Crown Court TV Series on YouTube.
- Search for and watch the Crime Watch TV Series on YouTube.
Things to do over summer
There are several things you can do to start to prepare for your studies over the summer.
Join our community
Follow our School and our student societies on social media so that you can start connecting with your colleagues and chat to current students about their experiences.
Connect with us on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site with over 610 million members worldwide. It is very useful for networking and securing opportunities.
Find advice on creating a LinkedIn profile.
Once you have created your profile, join our School group and connect with your lecturers and your colleagues, along with employers as you progress through your degree so that you gradually build your network.
Prepare for your academic studies
- Get into the habit of following current affairs through reputable news outlets e.g., BBC News, The Independent, The Guardian, Dispatches, Panorama
- Visit your local Magistrates’, County or Crown Courts to see law in action by watching proceedings from the public gallery. This will help to bring some of the elements of law to life.
Think of the future
Beginning your degree is the first step on your career journey and it is never too early to start thinking about your future career. Within our School we have a dedicated careers advisor – Emma Bonati – who is on hand to help you with all things career related. Emma and the Careers Team can assist with matters such as: developing a CV, writing a job application, securing part-time work etc.
Before you join us in September, start to get familiar with the Edge Hill Careers Team. You can also follow them on socials for regular updates: @ehucareers
If you are unsure of where your degree can take you – don’t worry. Your Personal Tutor, lecturers, the Careers Team and the Work Placements Team are all here to offer advice and support to help you on your journey and throughout your studies. You will be invited to numerous workshops, panel events and careers fairs where you can interact with employers, build connections and learn about possible career pathways.
Think about volunteering
Volunteering is a valuable way to not only achieve personal development but also to build transferable and specific skills sought by employers. Find more advice on volunteering.