Welcome! This is a Survival Guide, designed to help you make the most of your law unit and your first year at UWA. Here is some advice from former students taking a law unit.
This resource will act as a roadmap, as you travel through your first year. It will help to point you in the right direction and it will help you get back on track if you get lost. So have a look around and enjoy – this really is going to be a memorable semester!
If you are after a specific section of the resource toolkit, please click on one of the following links:
- Essay Examples
- Exam Examples
- Guide to Writing Legal Essays
- IRAC Guide
- Legal Essay FAQs
- Question About Your Unit?
- Undergraduate Law Exams
- Student Email - the primary way the University and your Unit Coordinator will communicate information to you. Be sure to check this frequently.
- Lecture Management System (LMS) - includes a wealth of extremely important information including tutorial times, grades, important announcements, etc. Get acquainted with LMS and begin to check it often.
- Lecture Capture System (LCS) - found on your units’ LMS page. If you have conflicting timetables or if you miss a lecture, you will be able to find recordings and related power point slides here.
- Course Materials Online(CMO) - course materials identified by your lecturer as important for your unit (online journal articles, book chapters, etc). Here, you will also find copies of the units’ most recent exam papers, if they are available.
- OneSearch - allows users to search the entire Information Services catalogue, including online databases (journal articles and newspaper articles) and UWA theses. If you are unclear about how to use this resource, see the tutorial in A Guide to Legal Writing of this Toolkit for more details.
- Current Students Survival Guide - provides a detailed list of all the things you need to do in your first year. This includes important dates and deadlines, enrolment requirements and other extremely important information.
- Lost On Campus? - there’s an app for that!
- Study Smarter - offers extensive advice, both on-campus and online, regarding completing university assignments and settling in at UWA. Curious to know how you will be graded this year? Check this Student Services Surivival Guide, so you know what to expect.
- Law and Society on Facebook
- Business Law on Facebook
- Advice and Support - the Faculty of Law offers information regarding stress management, enrolment, academic advice and more.
Getting involved in campus life can drastically shape your experience at University. Many students find joining clubs and societies are some of the best parts about their first year experience. Below is a list of ways you may choose to get involved in the UWA community.
- The Guild - the complete list of UWA’s Clubs and Societies.
- Blackstone - the official law society at UWA.
- The events page - a list of all the events going on at UWA this year. This includes everything from Academic activities, sporting events and much more.
- UWA Sport and Recreation - a great way to meet people and take advantage of the beautiful campus.
- UniMentor program - an excellent way for all students to get to know each other and the larger UWA community.
Enrolment can be quite tricky, if you have never done it before. Check out the list of links below, for information you need to successfully enrol (and re-enrol) at UWA.
- OnLine Class Registration (OLCR) - where you can choose class preference for tutorials, or to add and change class allocations (within the limits of class sizes), etc.
- Managing enrolment - a link to the Faculty of Law’s guidelines on how to manage your enrolment.
- Unit options - The Faculty of Law has an outline pertaining to Law majors.
- What if my lectures conflict? - this link is available to all UWA students with timetable clashes.
- Notability (AUD $0.99) – offers a unique library to help organise and sort notes for all of your units. You can also record your lectures so that they are linked to what you are typing. When you are revisiting your notes later on, all you have to do is touch the word on the screen to know exactly what was said at the time you wrote your note.
- Evernote - is a unique way to collaborate between recordings, handwritten notes and typed notes. It also offers a revision app, which may be useful later on during exams.
- Pocket Informant (AUD $9.99) – has a calendar system, so you know when your assignments are due as well as a ‘task’ system which will prompt you when you need to start your assignments. It also has a variety of note-taking devices which help easily store and share notes.
- Harvard Reference (AUD $1.99)- helps with Harvard referencing style
- Easy APA (AUD$1.99) – helps with APA referencing style
- OneSearch mobile - search UWA’s Information Services on the go!
A student exchange can be one of the most memorable parts of your university experience. If you are considering studying at another university as part of an exchange in the future, here is some information that may help you.