Reading Law and More

Exchange ideas, impressions and experiences with students and academics from across Hertfordshire Law School

In an informal setting, you’ll discuss and debate books, films and more, developing your confidence, strengthening your relationships and exploring fascinating new areas.

What does the course involve?

It’s about developing a collegiate learning community, where everyone feels confident sharing and debating ideas in a supportive, non-confrontational setting. Every two weeks, we come together to look at an extract from a book or film, discussing our responses to it. You’ll hear opinions from experienced academics, as well as students from different years and various Law School courses.

How does it build on my degree studies?

It’s a chance to apply the analytical, case-making and public-speaking skills you learn in your degree modules to a whole range of interesting subjects. You’ll explore diverse texts you may not otherwise have been exposed to, challenge your initial responses to what you read and gain new perspectives from those around you. We choose topical books that stir fascinating conversations. For example, during Black History Month, we explored texts based on Barak Obama’s reading list.

What new skills will it give me?

This course is about giving you new and different opportunities to use the skills you learn within your degree studies. You’ll become more experienced in interpreting texts, taking ownership of discussions, thinking on your feet, working in a group and interacting with different personalities. It can also contribute towards your Go Herts Award.

How can it help me open new doors?

The sessions will help to increase your confidence, give you valuable practice at speaking in front of a group and build a network of peers that lasts long beyond graduation day.