Welcome to The London Law Student’s Guide to Writing a First Class Dissertation. I remember the feeling of being overwhelmed when I realised I had to submit a 6,000 word dissertation alongside a 4,000 word portfolio by the end of April, but don’t fear! Over the next few weeks, I will be posting a series on how I went from a blank page at the beginning of March 2016, to handing in an award winning first class final essay and portfolio on time by the end of April.

    For this series, I will be going through my experiences then leaving some top tips for each part. So what to expect? This will involve roughly six parts.



      • I will outline how I organised myself. This was crucial in helping me to maintain a balanced schedule. Being able to follow a well thought out framework/timetable also allowed me to realistically measure my progress by benchmarking and setting realistic expectations from the start. Even in the busy moments, I had a sort of essay lighthouse to keep me on track.
    2. CHOICES!

      • Here, I will go through the process of picking your topic/area of law and then, picking your question.
    3. BE PICKY

      • I will go through my initial method of picking apart my question and how to iteratively develop good ideas that eventually shape a good essay.
    4. Finding and Reading the Right Materials

      • I will go through the techniques and steps that I used to find the relevant readings based on the initial ideas I had picked apart in the previous step. I will go through how I used this to then springboard and find other relevant materials.
      • Secondly, I will go through how I collected this reading, the quotes and how I pulled it all together to write my final essay.
    5. Writing the First Draft

      • I will go through the method of goal setting that I used and how I approached writing that first draft in order to go from a blank page to one filled with random quotes, to a draft that was further fleshed out with my own ideas.
    6. Fleshing Out the Skeleton

      • Writing a dissertation is a process. Remember that and it’s easier to not get frustrated with it. You are not going to write your final version straight off the bat. It took me nine versions before I got my final version.
    7. The Final Step

      • I will go through my final handing in procedure. This involved leaving enough time to proofread, collate the bibliography and running it through Turnitin

    By the end, I hope to have offered an insight into the process that I used to write essays and the process that got me that 1st, so keep an eye out for further posts. And finally, good luck! If I can help in the meantime, please do message me: law@lifeofalondonlawstudent.com and I will get back to you as soon as I can!


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