Best resources for future law students


Faculty: Business and Law
School: School of Economics, Finance and Law
Course: LLB (Hons) Law
Category: Student Ambassador

2 September 2022

Helen explains the books and podcasts that have helped her as a law student.


Secret Barrister series

These books are written by an anonymous ‘secret barrister’ who works within the criminal justice system and writes from their experiences in the courtroom.

The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It’s Broken in particular is about how the legal system is not fulfilling its purpose.

This is a great series to read to understand the judicial system in England and Wales and how cases play out in the courtroom.

Letters to a Law Student: A guide to studying law at university by Nicholas McBride

I can’t recommend this book enough to those interested in studying law or those at the beginning of their law degree. This book contains lots of advice including how to get the best grades, whether studying law at University is right for you, what you can do with a law degree, along with lots more helpful advice and tips.

The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law by Imogen Moore and Craig Newbery-Jones

Similar to Letters to a Law Student, this is another great book full of tips and advice from past and present law students, including how to make smooth transition into university level study and how to get the most out of lectures, tutorials, tutor feedback etc. This is another great read if you’re about to begin your law degree!


Commercial awareness with Watson’s Daily business and financial news

This podcast is aimed at developing commercial awareness, a term you will hear a lot of at university. Essentially what commercial awareness is, is an understanding of current events and how they affect businesses. Law firms are businesses and therefore it is great to begin to understand how they are affected by certain events.

Peter Watson uploads daily episodes each explaining a different current event or issue and explains it in an accessible way.

Times news briefing

The Times news briefing podcast is also a great place to find out about current events. These are uploaded three times a day and are usually only around 3-5 minutes long, which is great if you're in a rush and don’t have a lot of time to listen to a long podcast.

If you're interested in studying law like Helen, come along to an Open Day to find out more about this course – or the other undergraduate degrees on offer at ARU.


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