What to expect

School and University orientation activities and teaching begin during week one (also known as Welcome Week) which starts on Monday 23 September.

You must be in Leicester by this date. Missing these activities will have a serious impact on your studies.

Your first week

Departmental Induction

All new Law students must come to departmental induction to register with the Law School, collect important information about their studies and meet other students. There will also be an ‘Information Fair’ for you to learn more about the support available to you and meet our student law societies.

Welcome talk

The Head of School will hold a welcome meeting for all new Law students. You will learn what you can expect from us and what we expect from you. Other senior Law School staff will also explain their roles. This is a very important event that you must attend.

First lectures

Lectures will begin from Monday 30 September. Timetable information will be issued at registration. You will receive reading lists during the first lecture for each subject.

What to expect during your first year

At University, responsibility for your learning is shared – Leicester Law School will deliver teaching, provide course materials and assess your work. You will take responsibility for yourself by attending lectures, preparing and participating in tutorials, reading and preparing for essays and exams and managing your time effectively. You should be prepared to take far greater responsibility towards your own learning than you may have done at school or college.

Lectures

Each module has 2 or 3 lectures per week and they form the basis of each module’s learning. You are expected to attend all lectures and our experience shows that those who fail to attend regularly perform poorly. All lectures are recorded (bar technical failures) and will be made available via the Blackboard online learning system.

Tutorials

Each module has 1 tutorial per fortnight and there are around 8 students in a tutorial group. Students are given work to prepare beforehand and then participate in an open discussion with the member of academic staff. 

Blackboard

The Law School uses an online learning system called Blackboard to support each module. You will find lecture notes, lecture slides (where used), reading and resource guides, assessment information and more. You will get access at the beginning of term and after registration with the University.

Reading Lists

ReadingLists@Leicester allows you to access key books and articles for your modules. The service allows you check the library for stock, see book previews and access suppliers for online purchase.

Self study

Your responsibilities as a student will involve a large amount of independent working. Academic staff are available by email or face to face as each one will have 'office hours' where you will be able to go and see them.

Personal Year Tutor

Each student is allocated a Personal Year Tutor. Personal year tutors are there to provide students with support, advice and guidance on an individual level.