Friends are arguably your most valuable and important resource in Law School. You may not realise it yet, but all those people sitting in your lectures will continue to be your competitors, co-workers and allegiances long after you graduate and enter the workforce. Also, you can never have enough friends – and having some friendly faces around campus will make your time at University a whole lot more fun!
So, here are some tried-and-tested top tips on how to find yourself some awesome law buddies this year:
1. JOIN THE DLSS GEELONG
The DLSS Geelong runs heaps of fun social events throughout the year including trivia and the much-anticipated Law Ball, where you can have a great time and meet other Deakin Law Students! The first event of the year is the Unlawful Launch; so why not come along, take your mind off the stack of readings you’re already behind on, and enjoy some cheap drinks – everyone knows drunken times together is the best kind of bonding!
Want to become even more involved? How about applying to be a First Year Rep! (More information including application procedure will be released in the coming weeks: stay tuned and keep an eye on our Facebook page!)
2. TALK TO THE PERSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU
I know, revolutionary.
If you’re lucky enough, that person might turn up to the same class again next week – and voila! You’ve got yourself a lecture buddy.
3. INTRODUCE YOURSELF
If you see someone you recognise around the campus, next to you in line for coffee, or standing around waiting for your seminar to start – why not strike up a conversation! Chances are, they’re just as nervous and keen to make friends as you are. Fool-proof conversation starters include: “are you going to Unlawful Launch?” and, “hey, how much does Contract Law make you want to cry yourself to sleep at night?”. You’ll be making friends in no time.
4. MAKE A STUDY GROUP
Study groups are a great way to keep yourself motivated and stay on-top of things, as well as have people to regularly vent to about your lecturers and assignments. If you find yourself sitting next to the same people in your seminars – why not ask them if they want to meet in the library later to study together? From personal experience, a study group will become most useful around exam time, where it’s super handy to have people to compare your practise exam answers with!
5. GET A STUDENT MENTOR
The Business & Law Student Mentor Program runs in both Trimester 1 and Trimester 2, and is a really great way to make a new friend who’s further along in their degree. They can share some valuable pearls of wisdom and help guide you through your first year of Law school, as well as answer any questions you might have! Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about uni (which I assure you, no-one does), it can be great just to have someone to catch up and check-in with once a week for a chat!
Find the Business & Law Student Mentor Program on Facebook for more information: https://www.facebook.com/mentor.geelong
6. THE CARPARK IS NOT A PLACE TO MAKE FRIENDS
The carpark is the one exception to everything I have previously said. It’s a tough world out there and if you’re going to steal yourself a car spot at 9am it’s every man (/woman) for themselves.
Good-luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!