About: The London Law Student

Lorraine: Creator & Editor

Originally from Zimbabwe, Lorraine is an  LLB graduate from University College London (UCL) and  the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). She currently works in a startup as a Compliance Analyst turning financial regulation into code and she sits on the advisory board of the Society for Computers and Law.

Experiencing the challenges that her first year of law school had to offer, the lack of useful or comprehensive information when making the decision to pursue a law degree, and to address the issues she came across as a mentor, she set up Life of a London Law Student. Mainly to keep up a passion (writing) but to also provide a more helpful view of what going through the process of becoming a lawyer (or not) in the UK is like.

 The blog charts a personal experience through law school and it has mainly been created to be able to make a difference in a future fellow law student’s academic and career journey. And to re-reinforce the fact that no matter where you study law whether that be here in the UK, America or South Africa, it is a truth universally acknowledged that law school can sometimes feel like The Hunger Games. The struggle is most real and you are not alone.






All the views expressed in this blog are my own, and in no way reflect what my university, any organisations I mention, or what my peers think, rather it’s a recording of a personal experience.

All the pieces contained in this blog are my own original work unless I state otherwise or footnote appropriately. All of the topic summaries contained within so far are summarised from my lecture notes and handouts. And all images within this blog are my own. (And if you are curious, I use a Canon 1100D)



  1. 6th February 2014 / 2:35 AM

    that was brilliant! I liked it 😉 I’m excited to keep on reading about your London life, since I’m moving there soon myself!

  2. 9th May 2015 / 1:43 PM

    Good luck with your studies! I’m also planning to take Law after I finish my degree in Business Economics but I think I’m not as strong as Katniss Everdeen LOL

  3. Vincenzo
    15th July 2015 / 1:57 AM

    Lorraine, your mindmaps and notes are excellent. thank you.

    What mindmapping sofware do you use?

    Would it be too much to ask you to post or email me the map source data so that i could upload these to MindManager and add my own notes?


    Ps your insights into the london student life experience are fascinating. Please keep up your blog.

    • 16th July 2015 / 10:30 AM

      Hi Vincenzo thank you so much. Well I use a combination of things, sometimes I use the diagram feature in Word, sometimes I do it by hand and sometimes I use some some software called Inspiration 9, i’m not too sure i could post this to you as it requires a license and our university provides it for us

      • Vincenzo
        17th July 2015 / 5:53 AM

        Thank you for the prompt reply. I like the way your Inspiration-9 software builds Buzan-style mindmaps.

        I have been using Mindjet-Mindmanager during my IB (A-level equivalent) for mindmapping of notes and I wanted to try to load up your Inspiration-based maps, and possibly your MS-Word maps, into Mindmanager and to use some of the Mindjet software features to build a ‘master map’ to which I could then add my own notes and also to try some of MindJet’s other features, such as Multi-Map navigation and Hyperlinks. I think that this could be a really useful study tool. This is why I asked you whether you would grant access to your source files (not the licensed Inspiration software) which I would then seek to import into Mindjet. I would be more than happy to send you copies of my enhancements if I am successful in importing your files (you would be able to view these using the free Mindmanager Viewer available from the Mindjet website).


        • 26th July 2015 / 10:38 PM

          Hey Vincenzo, apologies for the delayed response. Maybe I’m not as tech savvy as I thought but I have no idea how I would do that :D, If you would like I dont mind sending the original files to you? And as long as you credit/cite me I don’t mind.

          Lorraine 🙂

  4. Sh
    10th May 2018 / 3:51 PM

    I found your blog while revising for my final that will take place within the next five days and I could not stop myself to drop 5 minutes of my time to thank you for this blog.
    I am in first year and, truth be told, it is difficult for me. Being surrounded by so many people, intimidated that others have grasped on topics easier than I have as I plyed through texts books endlessly, just to understand something like promissory estoppel (your page helped by the way).
    Reading about your experience really helped me and even motivated me to work harder for my exams. Like you said, it’s so easy to compare yourself in this field and it seems it seems to have a very ‘swim or sink’ attitude towards people who still don’t understand certain topics.
    Hope this blog continues and grows into something much bigger.

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