The importance of balance | Law

The importance of balance

Your time at university should be about more than just learning. Having fun, trying new things and making life-long friends are all part of the experience. Taking time out for fun and friends can be just as crucial to your academic life as keeping up-to-date with your readings. This is because studying law can be an all-consuming pursuit unless you inject some balance. Without it, you may find you become unwell, unhappy or even depressed.

On the flip side, partying too hard or not studying enough can be equally detrimental, as you might find yourself stressed, anxious and exhausted when assignments and exams are suddenly due. The key, as with all things, is finding an achievable balance.

There is a lot of evidence that shows the important role that socialising with friends has on your happiness and outlook on life. Below are some links to material on the topic and ways to get out there and make new connections. And Facebook doesn’t count!

Get involved:

Become an exchange student

Travelling overseas for a semester or two is a great way to make new friends, broaden your horizons and get credit while your doing it! We have exchange agreements with over 32 countries so there is bound to be somewhere that sparks your interest. Get in contact with the International Exhange office for more details.


UNSW Advantage offers paid and voluntary activities to UNSW students to expand their skills. It currently includes over 500 activities, such as voluntary work, internships and mentoring. Enrich your university experience and increase your employability and walk away with AHEGS statement recognition.

Join a society

UNSW Law Society is the student’s society which looks after law students and runs activities and events, from first year camp to Law Ball, mooting competitions, networking drinks and more. There are also a multitude of other societies and clubs outside of law which you can contact through ARC

Learn to chill-out

Learn techniques to manage your stress and the pressures of university. Take a class in meditation or learn mindfulness, read about places to get help at The Black Dog Institute or talk to a counsellor on campus.