Today, we are talking about a subject which might not seem of utmost importance to you but which appears to be in fact very fascinating to Law students. And I'd say...at least a little useful for all the other students who wish to study in England: the way in which Law is studied around here.
To be honest with you, I believe the Erasmus Law students may be swimming against the stream, by which I mean the partying-all-night-and-sleeping-all-day part. We ACTUALLY have to study on our Erasmus+ year abroad, especially if we want to succeed and pass our exams. And let's be serious...who wouldn't want that?
The first aspect that you discover when you arrive in a British Law University is the amazing interaction which is at the core of your classes. Teachers are very nice around here and always make sure there is some actual communication going on between students. Once the language barrier is overcome, tutorials will become a playtime for you.
If you encounter some trouble in understanding your classes, a reliable dictaphone, always asking your teachers for help and some hours spent at the library will enable you to iron out all of your problems. Teachers are very helpful to foreign students and can spend a whole hour just to explain to you a lecture all over again.
One positive point is the small number of contact hours that you will have (twelve hours a week on average). But be careful...you have to become very autonomous due to the great quantity of personal work which will be expected of you. Don't worry too much about it, though! Thanks to the time you will spend at the library you will be able to talk fluently about the European Union Laws or Intellectual property law for many hours, but have no idea how to say basic words in English such as...the word “passoire” or ''colander'', as they call it around here. I had to learn that one the hard way, aka while cooking pasta after a long day spent you-know-where studying about you-know-what.
Apart from the fact that going on a year abroad in the UK ''looks good on your CV'' and that you eventually get to speak English fluently by the end of the year, studying English Law allows you to improve your knowledge about the concept of legal rigour. The English law system is very professionalising indeed. You get to study more about how law is actually being applied here thanks to the high amount of law cases you will be looking at. Moreover, you will not really focus on much theory, but mostly on practice (but then again, it all depends on everyone's tastes, of course!). Practical cases are at the core of your homework, though. Hey, you dear French students: it is the end of huge essays very well-structured - it is now time to summarise the information and think it through. Besides, the team work will help you to improve your English and will also prepare you for any future job positions.
I saved the best for last: some teachers even encourage you to take into account the possibility to become an intern in prestigious firms or even write articles in Law newspapers.
So, if you enjoy Law and want to improve your English (or just learn some more English), I think that you will have a great time in an English Law faculty.
Sending you much love,
Your most dilligent “Frenchy” Law student.
Written by Camilia Billon
Camilia is a French Erasmus + student who studies law. She enjoys finding out more about this subject, especially if it's from a different perspective such as the English/British one. 'I promise you that law is anything but boring: read through this article again if you still need convincing !' (Camilia)