my last yet most memorable international trip before the corona virus

This post has been contributed by Mr Letshwiti Tutwane, an Undergraduate Laws student.

Please note views expressed on the following blog are those of the author and publication on the Undergraduate Laws blog does not constitute an endorsement.

It was one of those days that will forever remain etched in my memory.  It was on that chilly morning in March that I caught an early morning tube to the University of London. After taking three trains to Tottenham Court Road Station and nearly late I was anxious to reach Senate House for my first lesson of the day. Huffing and puffing as I pushed through the crowds pouring out of the station, I was lucky enough to make it just as the lesson was to begin.

The first lesson was Criminal law, one of my favourite modules. The tutor was very enthusiastic and confident in what she was doing. I really enjoyed the lesson. Most of all, I was motivated to see students from across the globe from countries such as Hong Kong, USA, Kenya, Ghana, Russia and Belarus, among others. I needed this connection. Studying alone can be frustrating at times. Whilst one can connect with other students through the online portal, meeting with other students face to face makes a huge difference. The energy in the classroom among the students was inspiring and gave me a sense of reality that indeed I am studying law for real. We all took part in answering questions set by the tutor.

The next day was Contract law. Again the tutors, a male and a female oozed the same passion and confidence as my first tutor from the event. This was to continue in the last day when we did Public law. The two tutors were helpful and detailed in their answers to our questions.

One significant takeaway for me was the formula to answer exam questions: IRAC, which is an acronym that generally stands for: Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion. It functions as a methodology for legal analysis, which involves identifying the legal issues involved, applying the law to the facts and drawing a conclusion. I learnt the importance of case law to a student and a lawyer as something that is a must. I would not appreciate this in this manner if I did not hear it directly from the professionals who have been marking exam scripts for years and know exactly what I need as a student.

Students at London Revision Event. UOL Undergraduate Laws students from left: student from USA, Letshwiti Tutwane and student from Russia
UOL Undergraduate Laws students from left: student from USA, Letshwiti Tutwane and student from Russia

The friendships I have developed with some of the students at the event was another benefit. Actually it is these friends who led me in the right path: they drew my attention to vital revision books that we all went to buy in the nearby university bookshop. 

I trust that I will do well in my exams largely because of the tips that I got from the London Revision Event.  I am very proud to be a student of this great university and to learn from some of the best legal minds in the world. I would definitely recommend this event to other students. Yes, it was expensive to fly all the way from Africa, book hotels and taxis but it was the best learning moment for me.  Most of my colleagues would say the same, I believe.  To add the cherry on top, it was my last yet most memorable international trip before the corona virus grounded all flights.

  • The next upcoming study support event will be the London Study Support Event in November. This event will run online and include interactive small group seminars facilitated by University of London tutors. It will focus on the content in the first half of the Module Guide for each of the compulsory modules offered. More information about the event and how to book a place can be found on the London Study Support page of the VLE

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