In-sessional support services

Academic Skills & Language for Law

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This course is designed to develop the academic language and communication skills needed for effective study of Law at university level in the UK.

An important focus of the course will be on building the critical reading, source-referencing and writing skills needed for assignments you will be asked to produce regularly in Law, particularly Problem Questions and Essays. This will include attention to key grammatical patterns in these types of text. You will learn useful strategies for rapidly building your vocabulary and there will be regular attention throughout the course to key areas of legal vocabulary. There will also be some space given to improving your presentation skills.

Please email Dr Samuel at s.samuel@reading.ac.uk to sign up for these language courses.

ACADEMIC SKILLS & LANGUAGE FOR LAW (Part 1 students)

This course is designed to develop the academic language and communication skills needed for effective study of Law at university level in the UK. The course will focus primarily on the writing skills needed for assignments you will be asked to produce regularly in Law, particularly Problem Questions and Essays. This will include close attention to the important linguistic features of these types of text. The course runs in the autumn term.

  • Language & skills for Problem Questions
  • Eliminating irrelevancy /efficiency and clarity of expression
  • Effective interpretation, paraphrase & synthesis of sources in your writing
  • Language & skills for Essays:
    • introductions, conclusions, good paragraphing, argumentation
    • making your 'voice' and stance clear in your writing
    • coherence & flow
    • effectively reporting the ideas of others

ACADEMIC SKILLS & LANGUAGE FOR LAW (Part 2 & 3 students)

This course is designed to develop the academic language and communication skills needed for effective study of Law at university level in the UK. The course will focus primarily on the writing skills needed for assignments you will be asked to produce regularly in Law, particularly Essays. This will include close attention to the important linguistic features of these types of text. The course runs in the autumn term.

  • Language & skills for Essays:
    • introductions, conclusions, good paragraphing, argumentation
    • making your 'voice' and stance clear in your writing
    • coherence & flow
    • effectively reporting the ideas of others
  • Efficiency and clarity of expression
  • Effective interpretation, paraphrase & synthesis of sources in your writing

 

Library Support

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Ross Connell, the Liaison Librarian for Law at the University of Reading, has this to say about Specialist Library Support for Legal Seagulls:

The Library is a key service, providing you with access to copies of most of the materials you will be expected to read when studying your law modules, for example books, journal articles and cases (note it will be usual for you to buy your own copy of a core module textbook). Usually articles and cases are available online through the Library's electronic database subscriptions, with an increasing number of books also accessible to you in electronic format. As a student at the School of Law, you will get a username enabling you to access our electronic resources over any Internet connection, so you do not need to be in the Library or even the country to use these resources.

If you have previously studied in another legal and education system, as well as English law itself being strange to you, you may also find the Library at Reading and its resources unfamiliar. I can help you by:

  • showing you how to save time by making the most of all Library services
  • showing you how to use our information resources effectively
  • guiding you on correctly citing and referencing resources in your assignments
  • giving you individual help with how to find relevant information for your research
  • guiding you on developing effective skills for UK study, such as note taking, essay writing and exam preparation: see Studying in the UK - a new cultural experience?.

My in-sessional support to you:

As part of GOALLS ,a series of Wednesday afternoon sessions to support you in your early time at Reading, I will teach you how to use the Library's main electronic research tools to access legal materials for your studies. You will also have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the Library, which will help you to find print resources and suitable places to study quickly.

In case of any query:

If you have any queries my full contact details, including appointment bookings can be found on my Ross Connell profile page.

 

Career Support

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There are two Careers Consultants looking after the School of Law, Claire Mack and Lucy Hawkins. This is what Claire has to say about Specialist Career Support to International Students.

We give advice on career direction and provide coaching advice to get through the recruitment process; dealing with everything from CVs, application forms, psychometric testing and interviews.

What does your service do?

The Careers Centre provides a very wide range of events of interest to international students in Law. These include:

  • The chance to meet a range of employers through employer presentations held throughout the autumn and spring terms.
  • The main Careers and Placements fair - Wednesday 28th October 11-3pm Palmer Building
  • The Law Careers Fair - Tuesday 3rd November
  • Various CV, application and interview workshops run by both employers and Careers Centre Staff.
  • The University Job Shop which is dedicated to helping students find part time and vacation work, on campus or locally in the Reading Area. We support all Reading students from fresher's through to postgraduates.
  • We also offer the RED Award which is Reading's employability certificate which recognising extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, work experience and training and development.
  • UROP provides exciting opportunities for undergraduates to work with staff on research projects across the University, contributing directly to the creation of knowledge, building new skills and strengthening the link between teaching and research. UROP placements last six weeks over the summer break, or can be part-time over a longer period. The scheme is only open to University of Reading students in their middle years of study
  • Reading Internship Scheme (RIS) offers paid, project based internships with Small to Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) for University of Reading students, including postgraduates and recent graduates (up to one year after graduation). The scheme offers students the opportunity to gain valuable skilled work experience to enhance their employability skills.

My in-sessional support to you:

As a part of my in-sessional support to you, I will run a session in the GOALLS support sessions on the 18th and 25th November 2015. In my session, I will guide you on various topics relevant to developing your graduate attribute and employability skills suited to the British job market.

Where can students find you?

The Careers Centre is based on the first floor of the Carrington Building and we can advise on how to access the wide range of services that will be of use to international students. We have drop-in appointments every week day; please follow the link above for full contact details.

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