Welcome to 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.

Welcoming students since 1900I 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

Reading lists

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 2012) OR James Holland and Julian Webb, Learning Legal Rules (8th ed, OUP 2013).

There is no requirement, however, that you read these before the course starts. The campus bookstore – John Smith’s – will have discount packs of these books available.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.

Birmingham Law School events timetable for Welcome Week

(23 September - 27 September 2013)

Your schedule for welcome week has been sent to you directly by letter to your home address/via email.

These can also be found online by selecting your programme from the welcome events timetable on the University’s Welcome 2013 website.

A copy of the timetables and further information about Welcome Week in the Law School will be available on Canvas - the University's Virtual Learning Environment.

If for any reason, you have missed any of your meetings or activities then please contact your departmental office by visiting Law School Reception or

Email: law@bham.ac.uk
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