What to expect in the first week at a City Law University program at in UK
Upon attending my first week at City Law University of London in 2015, we, the students, were scheduled into an auditorium, where Law department faculty and staff could inform us as one, as to the what the nature of our tenure at the University would entail.
Technical difficulties ensued with speakers squawking random bursts of static whenever a new student walked into the room passing the microphone. Speeches were short and generally based on administrative information, seemingly aimed at reducing the stress level of the nervous students. One such example of this was put forward by the Head of the department when he announced that he was a Chelsea football club supporter, and humorously stated that a failing grade could be had by speaking out against his favorite team. This is of course especially humorous due to Chelsea’s losing streak in the first few games of the 2015 Premiere league season.
Unending visits from services
Various services and university groups presented their organizations and information to the students. **Warning, the following sentence is to depict the feeling of actually being at the class.** Such groups included free psychiatric help, help for people with disabilities, volunteering groups to ’round out’ a graduate’s resume, jobs from student ambassadors to positions in professional law offices, information and practice interviews on self presentation at interviews for jobs in law offices, information on studying abroad in third year to Europe and different parts of the world, help with accessing student timetables, how to contact professors, the proper format for addressing professors, tutors and lecturers, and a series of study skill workshops on subjects ranging from essay writing to assignment planning, to revision strategies.
The first group assignment
Students, were given a group assignment ‘Exploring the law…’. This exercise seemed aimed as promoting teamwork among the students, familiarity with London, familiarity with a few famous instances in the law, and familiarity with Moodle, the website portal used by the faculty to communicate with the students. We were tasked with finding people to group with from four different tutorial groups. I had group ‘D’ from which I could find 4 or 5 students from tutorial groups 6,12,18,& 20 to join me in a mini group to complete the assignment. Quite randomly 4 of us found each other. We went out and took selfies with the backdrop of the Smithfield Market, where Sir William Wallace received corporal punishment in the dark ages, the Old Bailey which is the Central Criminal Court of London, the Old Sessions House which was known for its portable whipping post out front and is now being renovated as a restaurant, and last and least a construction site at Shoe lane, the site of a famous contract law case involving a car park. A short questionnaire was to be filled out on the history of the four sites and uploaded to the aforementioned ‘Moodle’ web service by way of submission to the Professor. This blog was to also be included as part of the assignment.
The second group assignment
The Law library is a special library that houses cases, articles, decisions and all manner of other documentation and information pertaining to the Law. We were tasked with a quiz, to be completed in small groups, to find 40 odd pieces of information, from acknowledgments in law text books to finding titles of cases in the oldest of records.
Law students of course, along with the above activities, were inundated with the standard offers from various clubs, associations and sport teams, to help round out the University experience. I can only hope that the reader will judge for themselves their desire to take part in such a course of study.