Top Tips for Life at Queen Mary
Shaun Malone, LLB Law student:
As a third year coming to the end of my time at Queen Mary I can look on some very happy and fulfilling memories. However I have some regrets and things I wished I had done differently. The students here are always happy to give advice to those just starting, and as such I would like to pass on my top tips on how to get the most out of your time at Queen Mary.
26 August 2014
Tip 1 – Embrace Fresher’s Week
This may sound ridiculous to you. Of course you are going to hit Freshers hard as any good student should do! No, what I mean is make sure you take full advantage of the daytime as well as night time activities. Go to the Fresher’s Fair to find out all about life on campus, the Law Department lunch to meet people you’ll be on your course with for the next three years and attend all introduction lectures so you can hit the ground running when teaching starts.
Tip 2 – It’s never too early to start thinking about your career
I know three years seems like a very long time but believe me it flies by. We as law students are in the unfortunate position that ideally we need to find jobs in our second year if we want a smooth transition from uni into the legal jobs market. Therefore attend as many presentations and information sessions as you can from day one and begin looking for any legal work experience you can find. This will be invaluable when you come to apply for those all-important training contracts!
Tip 3 – Get involved in clubs and societies
The benefits to this are two-fold. The law based societies here are among the best connected and most active of all university law societies and as a member you will have the opportunity to network with top City solicitors and barristers, attend invaluable career sessions and be able to socialise with your friends on organised nights out or bar crawls. But remember it’s not all work! I’m not going to lie, studying Law is hard! So make sure you have some down time. There are so many societies on campus from Surfing to Orchestra and everything in between. There is something for everyone.
Tip 4 – Don’t be afraid to ask advice
Being a Fresher can sometimes feel like your back at the bottom of the pecking order (like being in year 7 again) but this really isn’t the case at Queen Mary. The second and third years are very friendly and have a wealth of experience you should tap into. They have learned all the tricks of the trade such as which text books are the best to read, when and how is the best way to get your second year house sorted and which clubs and bars are the best places to check out in London.
To sum up, Queen Mary is a great uni with loads of opportunities. Make the most of it!