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commentaries, case summaries and statutes, in order to prepare for seminars and to help with written assessments. At Leeds, you are expected to read around the topics discussed in lectures and reading time can range between 4-10 hours. In the Brotherton Library the main floor is regularly filled with law students in my year with piles of books next to their laptops and a dazed look, with hint of despair on their faces, as the monumental task of preparing for weekly seminars dawns upon them. Exam period is a whole different story. Law students make complete use of 24 hour access to the Edward Boyle Library as the task of remembering the names and principles set out in cases is immense. It is no exaggeration that some students literally spend 12 hours daily revising for end of year assessments.

It’s not all bad though, I do have a somewhat vibrant social life. If you manage your time well, there is still more than enough time to take advantage of the clubs and societies that Leeds University Union has to offer, and to engross yourself in the bustling backdrop that is Leeds City Centre. I am currently the captain of the Spanish Society Football team and I also was a member of the Leeds University Street Dance Society in my second year. I also have enough time to go out to nightclubs with my housemates on a weekly basis, so although life as a law student can be quite stressful, there is ample opportunity to relax and blow off some steam. Leeds boasts over 30 fully licensed nightclubs in the city centre and with venues catering for any style of music from rock and indie in

the Cockpit to deep house and 2-step at Vox Warehouse, there is literally something for everyone. The Leeds University Law Society (LawSoc) also works hard to make sure that law students aren’t studying all the time, and their social events usually include a mammoth bar crawl. The year is rounded off by a finely organised Law Ball where students and lecturers are encouraged to dress in an alluring manner; a definite showcase for Leeds University Law School.

As I enter my third and final year I am excited yet anxious. With my dissertation looming and my final exams at the end of the year, I know there is little room for complacency. However I do know that although I need to continue working hard I will be able to relax on occasions, and hopefully by this time next year I will be celebrating achieving a first class degree. I know that I have support from my tutor and lecturers and if you are looking for a law school that is very student-centric, Leeds University Law School should be very high on your list of choices.

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