"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."
Professor Andrew Sanders, Head of Birmingham Law School
The Law School does not produce a reading list for you to look at before you arrive.
If you would like to do some advance reading you could look at EITHER Emily Finch and Stefan Fafinski, Legal Skills (4th ed, OUP 2013) OR James Holland and Julian Webb, Learning Legal Rules (8th ed, OUP 2013).
These are the prescribed texts for your Introduction to the Study of Law module. There is no requirement, however, that you read these before the course starts. The campus bookstore – John Smith’s – offers a discount on these books if you pre-order through them. Visit their website at www.johnsmith.co.uk/birmingham and order for collection from store at your convenience, or for delivery to your home address.
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 will be having an informal “getting to know you” session where we will discuss current legal events. It would be great to hear your views!
Birmingham Law School events timetable for Welcome Week
(22 September - 26 September 2014)
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.
(The Timetables will be emailed to you late August and available here then)
- For LLB (Single Honours, 3-years) and Certificate in English Law Students
- For LLB for Graduates, LLB Law with French, LLB Law with German, LLB Law with Business, and LLB Law with Criminology.
These will be available on the Canvas section called 'Law - Welcome Week 2014-15' and you will receive the relevant programme via email. It can also be found online on the University's Welcome 2014 website here.
Canvas 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 Canvas directly at http://canvas.bham.ac.uk.
If for any reason, you miss any of your meetings or activities then please contact your departmental office by visiting Law School Reception or
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:
Advice from our graduates