Useful Links

University Resources

  • The Legal Academic Skills Centre should be one of your primary resources for advice on studying law. The LASC runs the Facilitated Study Group program, holds workshops and can provide individual consultations regarding essays and wellbeing.
  • Library Research Guides – This should be your first stop for any written assignment. The guides are organised by subject, and can direct you to a huge range of resources that you might not otherwise have found.
  • Past Exams Repository – All past exams for (almost) every subject can be found here. This is highly useful in the lead up to exams.
  • Wellbeing Services – Studying law can be highly stressful. You can book an appointment with the wellbeing officer via this link.
  • Counselling and Psychological Services – The University of Melbourne Counselling and Psychological Services offer free counselling sessions, as well as a number of free workshops¬†relating to studying, learning, procrastination and stress management.
  • The Guide to Academic Success at Melbourne Law School– The Guide has been put together by the LASC staff and top students, as well as professors from UoM. It contains some excellent tips designed to ease the transition into your first year. It is accessible on the LASC Community on the LMS.

Non-University Resources

  • Survive Law – This blog is written by a group of Australian law students and features many great posts on topics from preparing for exams to dressing for job interviews.
  • LearnMore – This website is run by the City University of London. While the subject resources might not be directly applicable to the Australian context, it contains a lot of useful study tips.
  • MindTools – This website is not law-specific, and it is more career-oriented than any of the other sites on this list. Nevertheless, it contains a lot of articles on learning and project management, many of which are very useful to students.

Useful Programs

Mindmapping software

Note Taking Software

  • Evernote – The industry standard in note-taking apps. Simple to use, but very powerful, and integrated with a range of other apps.
  • OneNote – The layout of OneNote is particularly conducive to taking class notes and organising them effectively. This program comes packaged with Microsoft Office, so many will have it already installed on their computer. Requires a paid subscription otherwise.
  • Google Drive – Both Docs and Sheets can be used to take notes. The advantage of this software is that it can easily be used on mobile devices and tablets, and every student has a Drive account linked to their student email.

Time and Energy Management

Essay Preparation

  • Booking a consultation appointment – If you are interested in having a LASC staff member provide a general critique of your essay, you can book an appointment through this link. Booking an appointment is highly recommended.
  • A PDF version of AGLC3 can be found online here.
  • A list of research databases for (most) essays is available through the library website
  • Referencing – Explains when, why and how you cite materials in legal writing.

Referencing Software

  • Endnote – Endnote is the standard program for academic citation, however it can be very difficult to use. Several guides to using Endnote are available here. Note: Endnote has difficulty citing cases, so you may need to add these manually.
  • Zotero – Zotero is effectively a free version of Endnote. It is much easier to use. You will also need to download the AGLC addon for Zotero.
  • Mendeley – This is another excellent reference manager.
  • The University Library has an excellent guide for choosing which reference manager works best for you, as well as a comprehensive list of reference managers

Hypotheticals

Approaching Exams