Most of the UK’s law students will have started their summer holidays by now. For many, this is a welcome chance to get a bit of a breather from the intensive work that a law degree demands. Some students, on the other hand, may be looking for an opportunity to take some of the time they have over the summer and use it to get ahead in their studies. There are a few productive and useful ways that hard-working law students may want to spend their summer.
One of the simplest ways to spend your summer productively is by reading. This might sound a little bit obvious, but it is easy to underestimate just how useful this can be. If you have your reading list for next year, then you may simply want to get ahead on that. You will probably still need a refresher once you have started your modules, but this will take a lot less time than reading it, and time will be in much shorter supply come term-time. Alternatively you may want to do some more general reading about areas of the law that interest you or you believe may be useful, or even read some law-related fiction.
Gain Some Experience
There are various ways of gaining work experience in the law. Naturally, your holidays will likely be your best opportunity to do so while you are still studying, if not the only time you will be able to take the necessary time out from your studies. Having some practical experience behind you before you even graduate can be invaluable when it comes to launching your legal career. For many opportunities, you may now be too late to apply this time around but could consider it for a future holiday. For some kinds of opportunity, particularly voluntary work, you may still be able to set something up that you can do before this summer is over.
There are likely to be a number of legal events held over the summer, and these are a great way to boost your studies, your future career prospects, or your knowledge of the law in general. Law fairs, which are held by legal organisations and universities, can be a great opportunity to network with legal professionals and firms as well as to find out more about things like career opportunities, postgraduate courses, and training schemes. Public lectures are another kind of event, allowing you to expand your knowledge of the law into subjects that may not be covered by your core course, or perhaps get a head start on subjects you have yet to cover.