What to expect from your first few weeks at King’s

Medical Law Postgraduate at King'sYour King’s journey will begin during Welcome Week, which offers induction events for all new students. As this draws closer, I wanted to share with you some of my top tips for making the most of your first few weeks on campus.

1. Be organised

There will be lots to do during your first few weeks at King’s! You’ll have errands to run (such as collecting your student ID card) and events to attend, so it is important to keep on top of it all. The ‘Welcome to King’s Induction App’ allows you to register for events and create a timetable for the week, which is really helpful! There will also be a lot of information to take in, especially during Programme Induction, so bring a notepad in which to make some brief notes. You will be able to access most of the information online (via the website or learning platform) though, so don’t worry if you don’t get everything down on paper.

2. Go exploring

Familiarise yourself with the campus by going for a walk and finding key locations such as the library and Students’ Union. Perhaps suggest to some of your new course-mates that you do this together during the free time between events. You could also take the opportunity to explore London, as there are plenty of iconic landmarks close by the Strand Campus!

3. Stay open-minded

During Programme Induction you will be introduced to the various modules you can choose from. You may already have some idea about what you would like to study (or no idea at all!) but stay open minded as you might be surprised to find that something unexpected actually catches your eye! You will also hear about extra-curricular opportunities that are available to you, such as the Associateship of King’s College course, so you might come across something unanticipated that you really want to get involved with. University is the perfect time to try something new, so you might like to visit the Students’ Union Welcome Fair to discover the clubs and societies you can join during your time at King’s. Remember to be realistic about how much you can take on alongside your studies though!

4. Make the most of it

There are some fantastic opportunities on offer during your first few weeks at King’s, so take them up! Last year I really enjoyed a fascinating guest lecture introducing medical ethics, and a walking tour through the heart of Legal London. When you are attending an event, make the most of it by asking a question or speaking to someone new. The Welcome Reception is a great chance to chat informally to other postgraduate Law students and the teaching team.

The first few weeks at King’s are really exciting and set you up for the rest of the course, so I hope you are looking forward to it and enjoy it as much as I did!

General tips for the first few weeks studying an LLM at King’s

LLM studentDoing an LLM in one of the best universities is what I signed up for and you are doing that too. Master of Laws (LLM) is a Post-Graduate Course and the preparation during the course is also as mature and intensive. So, here are some tips regarding the course from a current student.

Firstly, it is important to understand the structure of the program. As you would have come across on our website, it is a 12-month program. You start your session in September, and you remain in session until the next September (even for Tier IV visa purposes). The course is divided into two semesters, which will have two aspects – taught modules and dissertation.

Secondly, KCL needs you to fulfil 180 credits – of which 120 must come from your taught modules and 40/60 credits must come from your dissertation/practice project. For the taught modules section, I would advise you to go through the Handbook of Modules updated each year on our website. Making a rough checklist of your preliminary choices of modules goes a long way in narrowing down your interests and shaping a course you came for.

But, do not worry. The above suggestion is recommended but discretionary. This is because, you would be given plenty of time to choose your modules once your session starts.

Thirdly, if you are an international student, I would advise you to book your tickets to London for at least a week in advance of actual session date. This is because, KCL has a welcome week before the session starts, where you can get acquainted with the different pathways of LLM, the faculty and other students of your course. Do not forget, the connections you make during this time are to last. After the welcome week, your session starts.

Fourthly, remember, for the first two weeks, you have the freedom and time to sit in any class you wish to. Keep a track of the timetable and the classes and plan well to attend them. If a class is clashing with another interesting class, make a point to attend one in the next week. But ensure that you have all your options laid out before you to make a choice. After all, it is the ‘shopping period’. There is one in each semester for you to choose a semesterly module (20 credits) or pick/drop a yearly module (40 credits).

Fifthly, try to keep updated with the reading material of your taught modules as provided by your faculty from time-to-time. It would be really helpful rather than cram everything before your exams in May.

Finally, understand that ‘Taught modules’ is just one aspect. You will have the deadlines for your Dissertation running parallel to the session (choosing supervisor, title etc.) The final submission would be in September. But regular consultation with your faculty is advisable.

Last but not the least, Enjoy your course!