I thought the LLB was going to be easy. I was 25 when I made the decision to start my LLB with the University of London International Programmes in Sri Lanka. By this time I already had my Bachelor of Business and MBA. I was working full time as a teacher, an examiner for a local examination body and an entrepreneur. Surely it had to be easy for me, I thought, with my experience as a teacher and examiner.
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. Before I knew it was in the deep end of the pool without a life jacket. Not only did I realize that studying law required an entire different mindset to studying management, I also realized it demanded self-discipline, commitment and most of all; time. As a management student and teacher I was used to short notes, video clips, calculations, challenging theory, bypassing text books, and last minute studying. None of those was going to work with a LLB. LLB required sitting down and reading, memorizing, thinking and then some more reading.
Hello. My second post is about the struggle of squeezing the dough of learning material into the more or less clear patterns to get some structured knowledge in the end. I am a law student so my point of view is affected by that fact, but hopefully other people find the ideas useful to them too.
My first serious encounter with the difficultly of grasping new law concepts occurred when I finished reading the Contract Law textbook by Richard Stone, 5th edition. I wasn’t enrolled in a course at the time, but I wanted to learn English contract law so I read it almost every day for about 5 months while commuting to Moscow from my suburbs. I remember this funny feeling of emptiness in my head when I turned the last page – I could not recall much of what I read. I remember asking myself what do I know about the English law of contracts now, when some 500 pages are done and I clearly remember thinking something like “not much, really”. To say that this was frustrating is to say nothing. I felt like a little kid who was tricked by some elder bad guys into a scheme where all my lunch money was somehow taken away from me and there was no one to turn to now because people would laugh at me if I tell them what happened.
Hello, everyone. This is my first post here so let me introduce myself. My name is Konstantin and I am currently an LLB student with the University of London International Programmes.
I have a degree in law already but it is from a different jurisdiction based on the civil law tradition, namely its Russian species.
The key distinction, as you may know, between the common law and civil law approaches is that the civil law countries use the system of the codified statutes, i.e. the so-called “Codes” as the foundations of their law.
So if a Russian (or French, German, Spanish, Norwegian to name a few) lawyer faces, for instance, a contract law issue, he normally refers to the Civil Code first to try and find the answer there and if nothing is found he may search for the cases decided by the higher courts (normally this will be the level similar to that of the Court of Appeal and higher) in order to get some guidelines on the issue but still the cases are not precedents and he cannot rely on them as “the good law” to prove his point.
Being a member of the world´s biggest human rights organization, Amnesty International, I have dreamt of not just being a Lawyer, but one with class and difference. To achieve my dreams, I applied to study Law in one of the world´s leading universities- the University of London International Programmes.Yes, this means I would be able to enrich myself personally, promote my worth in the labour market, earn the University of London’s prestigious LLB degree and practice as a Human Rights Lawyer.
Sayma Chowdhury, current LLB student in the UK, talks to the University of London International Programmes about her experinces studying with us via distance learning and what inspires her to study law.