Just when you think you can sit back and relax after having found out your GCSE grades over the summer, you’re back to college and having your education ethics tested… straight into discussions about your mocks, the final A-Level exams and university courses!
Yet, regardless of whether you are in your first or second year of the study programme, revision is a very important topic, so don’t slam your teachers for being over-dramatic!
Even though more emphasis is placed on the final exam, you still need to do your very best during the initial AS Level year, not only to prove to yourself and your teachers that you can do it, but also because this acts as a standalone qualification in itself that any law firm can take into consideration upon interviewing you for a responsibility in any lawyering role. As such, having a good grade to display on your CV is highly important.
You want your resume to look good and healthy in terms of experience and qualifications. Photo credit: pollybohl on Visual Hunt / CC BY-SA
You’re a law student, being smart and sharp is your trademark!
Therefore, we won’t preach about what you should and shouldn’t do, we will just try our very best to point you in the right direction for the best revision resources you can use in preparation for your subsequent A Level Law exams.
Your seminar leader will no doubt offer suggestions on which resources to study, in line with the common law national curriculum and the topics being covered by your course. That said, there are numerous books, revision guides, and websites that can be of use to you as a Law student.
If you are a learner seeking some help with revision, see below some of the revision resources we have come across that we thought could benefit you during both years 1 and 2 of your A Level Law program, and beyond!
The various resources cover all areas of law such as Jurisdiction, Constitution, Legislation, International Law, Personal Property, Private Law, Corporate Law, Copyright and many more. While those tools that are distinguished by your tutor are likely to be non-negotiable in terms of their relevance to your new Law studies, these are just some materials that could act as a contribution to your legal studies, offering a broad scope on various common or rare law matters.
Focusing on the guides with the best customer reviews on Waterstones, below are some Law revision guides that could be inspiring to you as a passionate Law practitioner.
Some are paperback and are reasonably priced, whilst others can seem like they cost a bomb but, in actual fact, they share explosive content that you could use to your advantage in thinking up smart and unique ways to answer judicial questions about regulation and to tackle legislative matters before you leave for Law school.
Shh… don’t be guilty of disclosure by giving away details of these great finds to your peers and competitors! But, if your fundamental principle is to do right by others, then you may want to conduct yourself respectfully and reveal these facts to the rest of the pupils in your law society!
Public Law Concentrate
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Law Express: Criminal Law
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Law Express Question and Answer: Equity and Trusts(Q&A revision guide)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Glanville Williams: Learning the Law
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage
Bryan A. Garner
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe
Bryan A. Garner
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Commercial Law Concentrate
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Introduction to South Pacific Law
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
To find out more about these revision guides and how exactly they could apply to your revision process, then read our post on Law Revision Guides for A Level.
Remember, it’s not just guides published by educational publishers that can help with your revision. Photo credit: Ole Husby on Visual Hunt
Of course, it’s not just revision guides or tailored educational resources that can help you to reach those top grades in your Law studies.
Sometimes, ideas taken from original sources can be the key to you developing a love, passion, and a certain knack for a subject.
As a Law pupil, you’ll probably like to read about historical cases, laws and regulations from years passed and other personal situations that could be applied to your own work so why not think about reading some of the below books, which all have a particular link to Law. These, in partnership with your other revision tools, will provide you with all you need to come up with the goods during your exam.
Even if you have already read one or two of them as part of an English Literature course or just for your own personal pleasure, it is worth re-reading them with a close eye on the underlying Law topics that you may not have been as focused on the first time around.
As literary pieces, what you gain from these novels is down to your own interpretation, however, we are banking on you learning even more about legal rights with the use of these editorial publications. It’s also great to have an original citation that you can refer to in a written exam to show that you have read around the subject.
Billy Budd, Sailor
by Herman Melville
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
The Just and the Unjust
by James Gould Cozzens
A Married Man
by Piers Paul Read
Snow Falling on Cedars
by David Guterson
Once again, for more information on these books and how they correlate with and provide a Law review, then please read our guide on the books to get stuck into as a Law student.
When looking for online resources, it is good to keep in mind that while there is so much information that you can get your hands on, it is important to check that it is genuine and, wherever possible, specially designed for your course. For instance, some of the content might differ between an OCR Law course and that included on an AQA curriculum.
You can find out which exam board you will be tested by asking your Law instructor or by checking in your textbooks.
You can find online revision sites to help you get ahead with your revision. Photo credit: CollegeDegrees360 on Visual Hunt
Revision World is a free to access online resource dedicated to students on Law programmes, offering them a range of useful notes on the following topics of the school curriculum:
As well as offering information and facts to use in revision, the site also allows students to view sample questions, follow useful links and access past papers.
Study Rocket, whilst not a free resource, is a really motivating site that is destined to stop you procrastinating.
The price of their revision help reflects the time at which you decide to start studying with them, so the earlier you get yourself in gear, the cheaper it is in the long run! For example, start during the summer and you can expect to a fee of £30-35 but leave it until after those Easter holidays and you are looking at a steep rise with the cost coming in at £80. Once you’ve paid though, the content is yours for life.
As someone who carefully studies the ins and outs of Law, we expect nothing less from you than to be prepared well in advance!
Study Rocket sees revision as being a four-part process, one which requires learning, memorisation, motivation, and application. The interactive tools and resources are clear and engaging, making revision seem a little boring than simply reading words in a book.
The biggest advantage is that it challenges you right to the end, putting forward smart questions to make you think harder about how you might answer those tricky questions in your exam when under pressure. Their exam techniques are second to none and are worth knowing about before you enter the exam period!
Feel as though you still need more expertise?
Well, don’t rule out that very important law library… Law online! Discover more about Law topics with the help of the vast and interactive World Wide Web and its various search engines! You don’t have to know about or be recommended a particular site to make use of the Internet in your revision. You can also find out much about Law and economics and all of the other related fields by carrying out simple Google searches.
For instance, try googling keywords and terms like: statutes, arbitration, litigation, enforcement, legislature, reform, compensation, taxation, patent, bankruptcy, jurisprudence, governance, probate, damages, intellectual law, doctrine, limited liability, public interest law, ordinance, human rights, compliance, penalty, defendant, counsel, malpractice, breach, mediation, company law, sovereignty, labor law, judgment, fraud, and more!