Ep 4. Legally Brunette: How to Save Money as a Law Student

If you are a law student, you will have already realised how expensive being a law student really is. Core textbooks cost £35 each and you are likely to be studying six units/modules; where they have a recommended textbook for each unit. Already you would have spent over £150 and that is without the other recommended texts that you may need. Nevertheless, I have a few tips and tricks that may help you save a little bit of money.

Tip No.1. Wait Until Your Reading List Is Released

From experience, I remember talking to students prior to starting university who had already bought textbooks; only to find out they were the wrong ones. Every university law school has different recommended textbooks and each year new editions are released; which often contain updated legislation which is significant to our legal justice system. Therefore, the best thing to do is wait until your tailored reading list is released and you may save yourself money.

Tip No.2. Make the Most out of Your University Library

When assigned coursework, you are most likely going to be asked to use primary and secondary sources – primary being legislation and cases etc. and secondary being articles and journals and this is where your university library will be handy and save you some money. If you have to do an essay on a specific legal issue; you are unlikely going to want to spend a ridiculous about of money for one quote, that may or may not be useful for your evidence or analysis. Therefore, it is worthwhile seeing if your university stocks books that may be useful to your topic, before splurging your food shopping money.

Tip No.3. If Tip No.2. Fails… Use Book Previews on Google

I cannot explain how many times I followed this step last year… If you look at a book online, you may find they will publish specific pages for you to get an insight of the structure of the book. Believe it or not, this actually helped me with a few of my quotes for my coursework, think of the previews you see on Amazon but just via Google.

Tip No.4. Purchase Your Textbooks Secondhand

Last year I spent £150 and that was without my statute books (which was approximately another £30 or so) and soon learnt that it really was not worth the money. However, they are set by the university so you need them and especially with the law textbooks, the library will only stock one or two of the new edition – therefore making tip no.2. useless for core books.

This year I knew that I needed to buy them however with having to buy them myself and out of my own money, I was reluctant to repeat last years mistake. This year I managed to save some money by purchasing my books off of Amazon (second-hand section) via World of Books / We Buy Books. Approximately this has saved me over £30 so far, which is equivalent to a new textbook.

Despite this, two of my books I have been unable to grab second hand as they are still selling for RRP price (can we take a minute for my bank balance after the last few weeks) therefore this can be a hit or miss.

Tip No.5. Reading Case Judgements Online

At some point throughout your law student experience, you will have to read a case and summarise the facts, judgement and what not. Through your university you should have access to a law database where you can read cases; I have access to LexisNexis and Westlaw (I prefer Westlaw if anyone is intrigued).

Despite this, I prefer to read on paper so I can annotate and make physical notes in person, therefore the best thing to do is find the relevant pages and print them off alone. There is no point wasting ink cartridge or print credit on pieces of paper you will never look at. By doing this not only will it save you money from printing out masses, but it will make your work folders/binders so much lighter.

Tip No.6. Take Coffee to University With You

A stereotype of a university student is someone who is carrying a Starbucks coffee with them at all times. Although this is not necessarily the case at my university, we as students do tend to spend a ridiculous amount of coffee to get us through a long lecture or help us attend classes with a hangover. Luckily, I am not too bad with this, however, in the colder months, it does get tempting. This year I plan to use a flask and take that with me as spending a couple of pounds on your coffee every day soon adds up.

Soon I will be sharing my university saving tips for being a student with you guys, to help you save some coin. Therefore, make sure to subscribe down below to be updated when that is released.

Do you have any recommendations for saving money while at university? Comment below and I may just include your recommendation in my upcoming post on saving money as a student!

Courtney Bekah x