So, you’ve got into law school! While this is an exciting time, you may feel a little bit overwhelmed about the various things you need to consider regarding safety, pricing, and housing.
We are here to offer our congratulations and advice to help you settle into your journey as a law student in the most effortless way. In addition, we will share things that should be considered by you, along with ways to overcome any obstacles.
Some of you may be reading this and know you have been offered placements from various locations. Choosing the best place for you and your needs should be your priority, and this can be challenging due to the number of outside factors that will inevitably weigh into your final decision.
Aside from checking out the school itself and what it can offer you academically, we recommend thoroughly reviewing the community aspect of where the school is situated. Law students will often go on to practice in the same location after graduating, so it is wise to make sure the area offers facilities that you will love and aligns with your culture to make you feel most comfortable.
When deciding your favorite location, you will be faced with the tricky task of navigating a way to overcome the enormous tuition fees, housing, and expenses. This is a particularly intimidating part of figuring out your educational experience, but it can be done!
Review the cost of living in the area of your preferred school, and make sure this is within your budget. From here, look into the cost of tuition and educational expenses such as books to see how this will all add up.
If you are stuck deciding if you want to specifically study law or another subject, it could be a good idea to consider a special degree program offering a joint degree such as English and Law. This would help you to join your education interests together, so you truly get the most out of your university experience.
Check different schools to see where special degree programs are offered and how you can get involved!
Once all of the above points have been considered, and you are happy with your selected school and the tuition fees are within your budget, you can now go ahead and look into your housing options.
This is potentially one of the most costly elements of studying, so it is essential that you choose wisely. Go back to the budget plan you made when reviewing costs and apply this budget to the various housing options that your school offers to see if they are within your range.
You will need to consider various aspects, such as whether you would prefer to spend a little bit extra to be situated on campus or as close to campus as possible, or if you would instead commute to school and opt for cheaper accommodation on the outskirts of town.
University students often have an extensive amount of expensive equipment stored in their rooms, from computers storing all of their essential work to TVs and clothing. So, reviewing your chosen accommodations’ security is critical in determining the safety of yourself and your possessions.
We recommend checking that your accommodation complex has gated parking systems to give you peace of mind that only authorized visitors can gain access to the building, guaranteeing a higher level of safety and security.
Preparing for law school is no simple task and will require you to do a lot of reflection regarding budget, educational goals, and security risks. But, this journey should be exciting, so don’t let the initial stress put you off!
Use the considerations we detailed above to help you navigate your pre-law school thought process, and you will be enjoying your first year in no time.