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How one Westminster law student makes money photographing her law revision notes

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50,000 people follow her journey through law school

As the much-dreaded exam season descends on law schools across the country, a desk full of EU law papers likely won’t be an unusual sight. But while others will hide their revision-strewn workspaces, one second-year law student posts photos of hers, racking up thousands of likes a time.

The Instagram account @legallystudies, run by the law student, has more than 50,000 followers. Documenting her (very aesthetic) law student life, the account features snaps of revision, stationery and work snacks.

There’s no lofty explanation behind the Westminster law student’s decision to set up @legallystudies. She has always liked photography, and thought documenting her revision journey through this medium would be nice. She also has a YouTube account, which has 1,400 subscribers.

Though she posts photos daily, it’s not this alone which has seen her follow count grow. She tells us there’s an “extra step of engagement” behind her following, for example: she uses hashtags, runs polls in her Instagram stories, and includes Question Of The Days (QOTDs) in the captions of her posts.

She says she’s “not all that fazed by the following I have gathered” and doesn’t see herself as a social media star. Rather, she enjoys being a forum for students to share their experiences of education:

“It’s fascinating to see how many people are influenced just from pictures of my study space and anecdotes in my captions. Engagement with a variety of people is always fun — but this is limited to virtual engagement. I’m not so great with networking in person so I do feel more at ease engaging with people via Instagram.”

Contact-building isn’t the only perk to running @legallystudies.

A screenshot from @legallystudies YouTube

The aspiring lawyer’s followers have enabled her to monetise her account, something she’s “happy” and “grateful” about. She makes money from her account by, for example, selling story space, hosting giveaways and posting sponsored images. She also creates printables, such as daily organisers, which she sells on Etsy. “Had I not had my Instagram account it would not have been easy to get attention for my printables, so I can also use this account in conjunction with third party sites to financially benefit,” she says.

Back to her Instagram page, and while many photo sharers pap flat whites and sunsets as they buy and see them, her content depends on her producing the revision notes she features. Thankfully, she has always liked law.

Her passion was founded following a “personal experience with the law” when she was younger, and her academic interest in the subject grew organically at school. Though she describes herself as “a well-rounded student”, she “could not find any real interest in a particular ‘traditional’ academic subject”; she liked English Literature, “but it did not really incite any excitement in me”. A couple of law taster days at various universities later, and she knew what she had to do.

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The @legallystudies account is one of many run by law students we’ve featured in recent months. Take Rawan Bin Hussain, a model and University of Westminster law student with three million Instagram followers.

She sees why law students might be attracted to social media, to show their ability to network online and garner attention, but “I don’t see how much further this can be stretched”. She doesn’t use social media to become a lawyer, she uses it to document her journey to becoming a lawyer.

She’s well on her way. She is currently in the midst of exams and will in just a few months begin her final year at the University of Westminster. Then, she’ll study family law, employment law and a dissertation on child protection.

The goal, she tells us, is to specialise in family law and child protection in the future. She’s particularly keen to “protect those who are more vulnerable and could possibly find it difficult to voice themselves”, and to make sure the law is there for others as it was for her when she was younger.

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36 Comments

Anonymous

Why is she needing to revise if she goes to Westminster?

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Anonymous

And legal professionals wonder why they have a reputation for snobbery!?

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Legal professionals

We don’t.

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Anonymous

What do you mean?

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Anonymous

More to the point, why is she studying EU law?

No need

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loljkm8

Dunno, maybe something to do with the Regulations, Directives and Decisions etc. still being in force, and remaining in force, until either a) sweeping legislative reform takes place to repeal all of the UK laws stemming from the EU or b) a “Great Repeal” Act kicks out all of the aforementioned laws.

The mind boggles.

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Trumpenkrieg

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Anon.

Or maybe just every law school being too lazy to change the syllabus until we actually leave. They don’t even try to predict what will happen and just say “…this is still valid until the UK leaves…” etc. Zero effs given for 9k plus per year.

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K&E Rat

Anon, are you studying law or have you ever studied law before? Do you really believe EU laws won’t apply to the UK post-Brexit whatever form it takes? My god people.

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Anon.

I believe it will apply yes, apologies – my point is that educational institutions should also be teaching what other changes will happen too. They should be theorising how the law will grow and develop post-Brexit and teaching us about these theories so there is at least some preparation.

Instead they seem to be just keeping up the same templates and teaching the exact same syllabus as previous years.

I find this is the case in the sponsored LPC that I am studying now (final year – part time evenings) at the University of Law, alongside completing my training contract (in-house in financial services).

Perhaps this is just in the examples I have seen and may not be the case for every institution.

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K&E Rat

We have modules such as Public International Law or Commercial Law for international trading, so I don’t see any reason why they would feel any need to introduce a separate module for post-Brexit trading.

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Anonymous

This is a great idea. Let’s just predict what we think the laws may be without any certainty and create a whole syllabus on them!

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Just Anonymous

HA!

If only we could adopt that attitude towards the GDPR, which comes into force this week…

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loljkm8

Good morning, all.

I, for one, am looking forward to a week of legal cheekiness and splendour. Let the gossip commence, the billable hours be wasted and let us all have a jolly good knees up at the “totally bonkers” world that is KK & Tommy’s insights into the profession. Here’s to a good’un!

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Anonymous

“insights”

Lol.

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Anonymous

Every photo posted looks exactly the same – 50,000 idiots.

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Anonymous

Next article – “How law firm rejects make money churning out vaguely law-related trash articles”

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Anonymous

An auto-biographical piece by Katy and Tom?

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Judge hobosexual

Don’t be silly, Katie and Tom haven’t got the attention span to write an autobiography. It’s ghost written for them by some mentally ill tramp they found busking in Leicester square

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Anonymous

Why do so many students think that highlighting passages of text in various fluorescent colours and laboriously hand writing flashcards with oversimplified and inaccurate one-line statements of law is a good way to revise?

It isn’t.

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Random passer-by

Uni of Westminster mate. You’re not exactly dealing with the cream here.

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K&E Rat

You clearly did not go to neither Oxford nor Cambridge Random passer-by, as you would know that literally every law student walks around with a highlighter there.

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Random passer-by

Hmmm, challenge snobbery by referring to the fact you went to Oxford and Cambridge. How many of your peers took pictures of their revision area daily, and loaded them up to the gram?

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Anonymous

If I was revising for the LLB, I wouldn’t rely on the notes of a Westminster student if my life relied on it.

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Anonymous

How does she make money? Genuinely lost here. She doesn’t appear to be advertising anything, and people are hardly actually paying for her revision notes?

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Anonymous

Welcome to the future!

Make yourself a bs job that steals your personality and creativity just to pay the rent.

No one has any real jobs – they tend to go to the children of the well connected, a bit like jobs at the BBC. They’re never advertised, paid ££££££, and are all mysteriously filled before “needs” are “identified”.

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K&E Rat

People mocking her notes are make me laugh. 90% of students at Oxford (at least when I went there) had similar notes and used to highlight every text book and print-out.

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K&E Manager

WHY AREN’T YOU BILLING, DAMNIT?!

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K&E Rat

Sorry master.

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Dude

Your English are make me laugh Oxford genius.

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K&E Rat

Sorry dude, I hope my misuse of the English language did not offend you. Go get some sleep now.

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Anonymous

Why does she need a note to remember the difference between worker and job seeker?

I could understand contractor, worker, employee.

Worker and job-seeker are quite different!

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Name

She is at Westminster…

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Judge hobosexual

It’s hard to differentiate two concepts when you’ve only had experience of one. Differentiating job seeking for a Westminster student is a bit like differentiating snow from anything else for an eskimo

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Name

Racist!!

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Anonymous

Maybe in everyday terminology, but the point at which a “worker” ceases to be a “jobseeker” for the purposes of the The Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (reg 6 – who is a ‘qualified person’ per the regs), and the earlier incarnations of those regs has been the subject of various decisions at EU and domestic level quite recently.

I can’t actually see what her card says but I would imagine it’s summarising the principles from the regulations or authorities, or both. In which case it is entirely possible that she knows more on that issue than you.

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