What are the best ways for LLM students to be informed of latest developments in the law? Newspapers, journals, Twitter feeds or just plain class-room interaction...Well, if you thought of these you are pretty much on the right track – but read on for some more possible avenues for information.
There are several sources that can give you information on the goings-on in the law, but it’s important that you can find the most recent news on what you specialise in. It is equally important to know enough general news to converse with a fellow postgraduate or your professor in class! Having up-to-date knowledge on the legal profession will help in those job interviews or internship applications, plus it means you’ll have a good idea of what field you’ll be graduating into.
NEWSPAPERS & JOURNALS
Some of the popular newspapers covering developments in the legal field in UK are the Guardian, the Independent and the Telegraph. You can download the Guardian app on your phone to get latest news, or just pick up the Metro newspaper as you step out of the underground station. Be aware that the Metro should be treated a bit like Wikipedia – a good starting point that needs following up on.
As for journals, private subscriptions can be expensive. Luckily, on most LLM programs within the UK you’ll have access to online subscriptions (via your online library resource) to subject-specific journals and in general, popular magazines such as the Economist. Take advantage of this while you can.
UPDATES ON LEGAL PROFESSION
The Law Society’s Law Gazette online gives updated information on what is happening in the legal profession in the UK including law firm news, career opportunities and events. This is definitely worth keeping an eye on – but it might be something your university has a subscription to already.
The Lawyer.com is a useful website to get updated information on law practice areas in the UK and internationally. However, to access some of its content you may be required complete registration on its website. Talk to classmates and tutors to see if they think it’d be useful for you.
STUDENT LAW REVIEWS AND BLOGS
By subscribing to your own institution’s updates you should get all the important information on events and developments. For example, via your institution’s online log-in you may have the option to form specific student or study groups and that way you could keep abreast of law school news and information.
If you are ready to shell out some money, you could also subscribe to journals for a fee. The Student Law Review published through Routledge website for discussions, debates and comments on the most recent and relevant cases reporting the latest developments. Again, check with your classmates and tutors as to how useful they find it before deciding.
Some of the popular blogs that law students in UK use include:
UK Human Rights Blog
The Magistrates' Blog
UK Criminal Law Blog
STUDENT UNIONS AND GROUPS
The National Union of Students (NUS) is a voluntary membership organisation run for student welfare purposes. NUS advice on living and studying in the UK, whether you can earn while you study and on several issues touching upon a students’ life can be a great source of knowledge and information on your LLM journey. You can sign-up to their e-newsletter to receive latest information. Whilst not specific to an LLM, it’s something every student should be aware of!
Institutions such as Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), host an excellent law library. Based in London, it’s worth seeing if you can visit there regardless of your university. It’s also a good idea to follow their activities on Twitter as they host many interesting seminars, quite a few of which are free!
UCL and LSE host public events and lunch-hour seminars which attract students in huge numbers. Many of the topics include discussion on legal issues. Once again, Twitter is worthwhile here.
Starting from the local library in your area (if you stayed outside campus) to the one on your campus, there is a lot of useful information that you can come across including on networking events and social evenings. Look out for those notice boards in or outside the library containing vital information on training sessions and seminars.
Several universities – especially the ones in UK – have their own YouTube streams that introduce course programs or give an insight into the law school’s activities. For instance, the University of Birmingham has an updated Youtube stream (https://www.youtube.com/user/unibirmingham) which tells you not only about life in general at Birmingham but also gives module descriptions of their LLM programs.
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