On top of preparing for seminars, one must also prepare for assessments. Assessments are important as the marks count towards your final grade; you must always ensure that you give one hundred percent time and effort when preparing and writing for your assessments. The best way to start with your research is by going through the further readings that lecturers recommend (usually listed in your seminar guides). Then you can use websites such as Google Scholar or the university library to further research your chosen question. It is always important to ensure that you have a detailed plan for your question and what is even more helpful is to ask seminar leaders to go through it. The deadlines are strict; submitting one minute late could result to an automatic fail (unless there is a valid reason).
More than just a ‘law degree’
But whilst it is important to focus on receiving excellent grades, it is also important to ensure that you try and gain legal skills and qualities through the different extra-curricular activities that Kent Law School offers. As I learned, it’s not just knowledge, it’s also about the extra things you do besides studying law. For example, the modules of ‘Negotiation’ and ‘Mediation’ are optional modules and are a fantastic way to gain new legal skills. From learning about confidentiality to learning how to be impartial, these are valuable and transferable skills that law firms are looking for. Or joining the Kent Law Clinic will also be highly beneficial. To be given real life cases, and working with experienced, qualified solicitors can demonstrate to an employer that you are dedicated and committed to increasing your knowledge and experience. Joining societies besides the law societies can further illustrate that you have other interests; you can join sport societies or student committees to portray yourself to future employers that you are more than just an excellent academic student.
One of the most important things that the University of Kent has encouraged me to do is volunteering. I knew nothing about volunteering when I first started at Kent, or how to be involved. But over the months, the volunteering societies and the Kent Student Certificate of Volunteering inspired and motivated me to start volunteering. Hence, over summer 2017, I began volunteering in the Witness Service at the local courts to help witnesses give the best evidence possible during their trials and in Canterbury with Kent Refugee Action Network, helping young asylum seekers and refugees settle in the UK. Both organisations have taught me valuable skills which I can transfer to future graduate jobs. In addition, just being part of societies or student committees adds to volunteering hours as you are committed to be part of that society. It is a great way of meeting new people and it adds a great amount of value to your CV.