Getting The Best Out Of Tutorials

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Seminars are where you get to play a part in the comprehension process, this is not meant to be simply a lecture with a smaller group. At its best, the seminar is a great sounding board for ideas with all participants taking a role, with the tutor guiding.

The purpose:

  • to explore the taught issue(s) in greater depth;
  • to clarify certain points and improve understanding by:
    • asking questions
    • exchanging opinions
  • to engage in critical analysis and legal writing by dealing with the questions set in advance;

How to gain the maximum benefit from your seminars:


  • Undertake the required preparation in advance;
  • Identify any unclear issues that can be raised in the tutorial;
  • Make suitable notes, without rewriting the content of the textbook;
Take part! Thanks to Jelle Vermeiren www.flickr.com
  • Note down useful structures of how to approach a topic;
  • Focus on how the law should be applied;


  • Voice your thoughts!
  • Contribute to the group discussions, by putting forward counter arguments;
  • Prepare thoroughly to bolster your confidence;
  • Benefit from the expertise of your tutor;

Thanks to Alex Antoniou, PhD Research Student at The City Law School for this contribution.