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Warwick Law School Essays

Everyone remembers the tort law banana lecture

With freshers’ week in full swing, one Warwick student shares 11 things you’ll only understand if you study law study at the top Russell Group university.

1. None of your lectures are actually in the law school

Despite the shiny ‘Warwick Law School’ sign and the attractive exterior, the law school does not actually have any lecture theatres. Your lectures might be anywhere from maths to chemistry, where ever will fit the 300+ students for core modules. But at least this means you know your way around campus quickly as a fresher.

2. That tort law banana lecture

If you know, you know.

3. Law students get possessive over floor four of the library

Floor four of the library is the law floor. Unlike all other social sciences, which are grouped together on level five, we are important enough to deserve our own floor. This can make us slightly protective and possessive over use of floor four by other subjects. Despite the fact people can study on any level. And despite floor four being shared with education, government publications and statistics.

4. The second hand book sale is 💗

Every year law soc organises a second hand book sale, meaning you can get some reduced price textbooks. This all seems great, until you realise you’re 5ft 2 and struggle to open heavy doors, let alone carry ten textbooks back to your halls or, worse, on the U1 back to Leamington.

5. People regularly turn up to lectures in full business suits

It seems weird, but it is never questioned.

6. Law Soc has got your back

With the twice a week emails reminding you of everything law-related, from careers to the law ball, law soc makes sure you’re not missing out. Plus they seem to have an endless supply of food at every event.

7. Reading week is never as productive as you hope

You’re probably the only non-BA subject to get a reading week, which instantly makes all other non-BA subjects jealous. You begin reading week hoping to catch up with the 1000s of pages you haven’t read, and finish the week having read about 200 pages because of the five essays you were set. Every term is the same.

8. Everyone loves Claire Leslie

Throughout your law degree this wonderful woman will consistently be there to remind you of the reason you’re there: your career. She is a guiding light to law students, and appointments to see her get taken quicker than Glastonbury tickets on release day. If you manage your whole time at Warwick without speaking to her you’re really missing out.

9. The law hub is a mysterious place

Nobody tells you about this place and it’s almost like a secret of the law school until your second year. It’s a study area for law students, but with sofas and more comfortable chairs. And quite often there’s careers events, meaning there’s often stuff happening and going for free if you’re there at the right time.

10. Choosing your modules is a big deal

From second year onwards you choose your modules, which is the biggest academic decision you’ve made since A-levels. Second year the choice is massive, but you realise by third year that second time around there isn’t so much you want to do. Everyone tells you to take business school modules. Whatever you choose, you still have the impeding doom of trusts in final year.

11. It’s the quirks that make it

As weird and wonderful as it is, and whether it was your first choice or not, Warwick ends up being where you belong. You love it for its best parts and its more unusual, and there’s nowhere else you would really want to be studying your degree.

Amy Clarke is a law student at the University of Warwick.

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International Relations Personal Statement
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History & Economics Personal Statement
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German and English Literature Personal Statement
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Biomedical Science Personal Statement
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History Personal Statement
Visits to the national museums of Knightsbridge and the Smithsonian ignited my interest in history. My desire to study history was nurtured following visits to the Normandy beaches which prompted me to research the Second World War and its origins...

Mathematics and Economics Personal Statement
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Politics Personal Statement
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Philosophy Personal Statement
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Maths and Economics Personal Statement
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Psychology Personal Statement
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Politics Personal Statement
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Economics Personal Statement
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English Literature and Creative Writing Personal Statement
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PPE Personal Statement
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Psychology Personal Statement
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Business & Management Personal Statement
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Economics Personal Statement
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Maths and Science Personal Statement
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English Literature Personal Statement
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Psychology Personal Statement
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History/Sociology Personal Statement
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Politics Personal Statement
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Chemistry Personal Statement
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Politics and International Studies Personal Statement
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Law Personal Statement
I cannot remember a person in my life who has had a more significant influence on me than my father. Everything I have achieved with regard to academics, sports, or life in general, I am indebted to him for...

English Literature & Spanish Personal Statement
For me, the most captivating part of English literature is the way great writers are able to influence the reader's imagination through the manipulation of language. The A-level topic of World War One literature was especially affecting because it showed me the importance of world events and their effect on contemporary literature that still inspires us today...

Mathematics Personal Statement
Mathematics is at the root of many academic subjects, such as mechanics in Physics, organic Chemistry and even Music and this is why I find it so fascinating. The process of starting from a simple set of formulae and deriving nearly all mathematical truth from these is what makes Mathematics a leading academic subject...

Physics & Maths Personal Statement
The nobility of physics together with my aspiration to explore natural phenomena mathematically and to formulate theories that govern them has changed my perception of reality and this has made me ponder difficult questions...

Politics and International Studies Personal Statement
According to Aristotle “If liberty and equality, are chiefly thought to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost”. Reflection on the disparity between the philosopher’s idealised maxim of democracy and my own dissatisfaction with the actual, gave cause to my decision to become an academic in political science...

Politics and International Relations Personal Statement
My great grandfather volunteered in the 1948 War of Independence and became the first Inspector General of the Israeli Navy, ensuring I was brought up in a strongly political family. However I am broad minded, as I attend a conservative school yet am part of a liberal youth movement so I have been exposed to many diverse opinions, encouraging me to be an informed decision-maker...

History & Politics Personal Statement
For years I have listened to my family discussing the latest political and historical issues on the news and I have been fascinated and awed by the fact that there was never a wrong or right answer, decision or explanation to a given problem...

Sociology Personal Statement
I have, for a long time, been interested in the inner workings of society: how and why subcultures develop. Also, how political policies shape the direction of society for years and I wonder why people act in the way they do (here, I have sympathy with Robert Owens' view that we are mostly the mere products of our environment), not only how we shape society, but how it shapes and changes us...

Chemistry Personal Statement
The realisation I wanted to study Chemistry at degree level came with my growing appreciation of its contribution and significance in shaping modern society, coupled with an increasing interest in the subject as my knowledge and understanding have developed...

Economics & Politics Personal Statement
My perception of economics and politics changed when in 2008 I became involved in the city council’s budgetary committee as a student representative, which gave me an insight how a political decision can have an impact on the whole city’s future on both social and economic scales...

Politics and Sociology Personal Statement
Everyone wants to 'change the world' when they are young. I was no exception, but it is only as I have matured and watched events unfold that I realised the importance of politics and sociology within society...

Mathematics Personal Statement
The challenge of problem solving has always been key to my passion for mathematics. For me, the satisfaction gained from systematically working through a complex problem to an often unobvious solution is unmatched by other areas of study...

Psychology Personal Statement
Psychology is ubiquitous in society. Because of the mercurial nature of humans, there is always something different to study and analyse. I find this exciting. Part of what draws me to psychology is how the dynamics of it affect daily life and behaviour...

Economics Personal Statement
The ever-changing nature of the human science intrigues me. Newton’s laws of motion will never change, from wherever ‘the ball is dropped’. However, different strategies and policies have to be framed and implemented for each economic problem...

Maths Personal Statement
'When is something maths?'. To ask this question would generate many replies perhaps declaring 'doing complex calculations' or 'working out sums', but it is simply so much more. To me, mathematics is a language, explaining how our world works, such as why things exist as they do in geometrical space...

English Personal Statement
English is not simply the study of humanity, or society, or history or the written word; it is all of those together and it is this versatility that makes it so appealing to me. The link between literary criticism and psychoanalysis is a great interest of mine...

Mathematics Personal Statement
Mathematics is a language of science which portrays just merely anything in this world better than any other way we distinguish.The more we discover nature,the more mathematical association revealed by doing so...

Biomedical Engineering Personal Statement
Being nicknamed after sheep isn't something to be proud of, but the fact that most people in my neighbourhood know me as "Dolly" reveals my passion for genetic engineering. My fascination with science began in primary school and thanks to a desire to delve deeper into the scientific principles that govern this world and use them to develop technology that can resolve our problems, it gradually developed into a career choice...

Natural Sciences Personal Statement
Why and How? I believe these are the two most important question words as they express mankind’s unquenchable thirst for knowledge, and they have lain the foundation of sciences and have helped us find answers and solutions to problems throughout history from the domestication of fire to Darwin’s theory of evolution, to landing on the moon and so on...

Law Personal Statement
Currently I study English Language, History and Law. Out of the three I find law the most fascinating because it is the foundation of anything that occurs in society. Learning about how decisions are made in law, the constant arguments to reach a fair judgement and the on-going evolution of the law to adapt to society makes me enthusiastic to learn more...

English Literature Personal Statement
I was once told by a writer at Bath "LitFest" that literature is "all about control". At a young age, his words seemed obscure, but years later, I am finally able to grasp his meaning. On one side of a barrier of ink and paper, a writer aims to understand and control their world, whilst a reader attempts to lose control in a boundless, imaginary world...

Politics & International Relations Personal Statement
Growing up in a family directly affected by the Biafran War has greatly contributed to my interest in Politics and International Relations. My mother's stories about the nomadic life forced upon her family made me examine the reasons why countries go to war...

History Personal Statement - Oxford University
My interest in History was first sparked during a remembrance service at the Menin Gate. Hearing the bugles bellow out the 'Last Post' to a crowd of thousands, instilled in me a deeper appreciation of the past, and the sacrifices that were made to sculpt the world we live in today...

Economics Personal Statement
One look at the world around us and we can instantly see how vital a role economics plays in every aspect of life. A fleeting glimpse of a newspaper headline or the core section of the evening news will tell you that economics influences nearly everything we do and think...

Biomedical Science Personal Statement
How one mutation can cause a malignant tumour or change the genetic material which is then passed to the next generation interests me. The challenges which are within the human body and the diseases which can change it easily are also a fascination...

Computer Science Personal Statement
Interacting with computers has been my passion ever since I was a young kid. I will not lie – I was initially drawn to them because I fancied computer games. However, the more I operated with computers, the more I began to appreciate understanding how they work, discovering just how much they can do and the near limitless potential they hold...

PPE/Economics Personal Statement
Humanity today stands at the intersection of the most significant questions facing the world today: if democracy leads to political infighting, should it be sacrificed in the interest of economic well-being? Does religious fundamentalism provide a way for countries in the developing world to assert their identity in the face of Western hegemony? Does the entry of Western consumer goods threaten a country’s economic self-sufficiency? The answers of these questions will determine what the nature of our world is in the twenty-first century...

History Personal Statement
Whether considering the real world applications of Bentham's utilitarianism in Religious Studies, analysing the context of a changing Victorian society in English Literature, or debating the evolving ideology of the Labour Party in Politics, there is one common thread connecting what I enjoy most about my studies: history...

Sociology Personal Statement
The need for the study of Sociology in society is, arguably, universally fundamental. The study of society is of paramount importance in solving social problems of great magnitude such as poverty and family disorganisation...

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