Information for new students:
Professor Andrew Sanders, Head of Birmingham Law School:
"I am delighted to welcome you to Birmingham Law School. Congratulations on securing your place here. I imagine you worked hard to get to Birmingham University, and that you will continue to do so over the next few years. I hope your time here will be memorable in every way: intellectually, culturally and socially. Much will be new for you: you may not have studied Law before; university work requires considerable reading, self-discipline and independent study skills; and you will need to evaluate and criticise what you are learning about, not just to absorb information and summarise it. The best students do not just accept what they are told. You should question things and form your own opinions – always based on logic and evidence, of course, but also on your own individual morals, values and passions."
The Law School does not produce a reading list for you to look at before you arrive. If you would like to do some reading you should look at ATH Smith, Glanville Williams, Learning the Law (14th ed. Sweet & Maxwell 2010) although this is not a compulsory purchase.
We do ask you to start (or continue) reading a quality broadsheet newspaper, paying particular attention to the legal sections and legal news. Once you arrive we'll be using this as the basis for a small group activity called Law in the News.
The University's Welcome Week takes place 17-21 September.
Because of the number of students joining us in September we have prepared two schedules. Please choose the option below that corresponds to your programme.
Welcome Week timetable for Birmingham Law School
Your schedule for Welcome Week has been sent to you directly by letter to your home address/via email. It can also be found online by selecting your programme code in the welcome events timetable on the University's Welcome 2012 website here.
These will also be available on the WebCT section called 'Law - Welcome Week 2012-13'. You will also receive the relevant programme via email.
WebCT is a virtual learning environment (VLE) that is used across the University. You can log onto it as soon as you receive your username and password by going to www.my.bham.ac.uk. You can alternatively log in to WebCT through the WebLearn page. For a student guide to WebCT click here.
If, for any reason, you have missed any of your meetings or activities then please contact your departmental office:
Birmingham Law School
Tel: +44 (0) 121 414 3637
Skills for university
You will certainly find differences in the way that you study at university compared with your previous learning experiences. These resources may be helpful as part of your preparation for university.