I grew up in Norwich and went to school there. I applied for a deferred place at Leeds and decided to take a gap year before starting university, during which I spent 12 months working as a volunteer teacher in a village in North Eastern Thailand.
Why I Chose Law with French Law at Leeds
I decided to apply to Leeds after visiting for an open day. I was really impressed by the facilities, the city in general and the buzz about campus. Everybody was very friendly; staff and students alike, and I loved the fact that the city and university were both so diverse and multicultural. The course itself was also a great fit for me. I really wanted to study law and a language and with my love of travel, there was the additional benefit at Leeds of the chance to study abroad for a year.
I spent my third year abroad in Lyon, France. It was a brilliant opportunity to travel, discover a new city, improve my French language skills and make new friends from all over Europe.
The Learning Facilities
The Law School is a fantastic facility. During my time here its reputation has continued to grow, and it regularly attracts speakers from the heart of the legal system, including Baroness Hale and the Master of the Rolls, all of whom are able to provide a fascinating insight into the profession and have helped to bring my studies to life. More generally, the university has brilliant facilities that complement your learning, from 24 hour IT computer clusters to well-equipped libraries and regular study skills workshops to help you to improve key skills such as essay writing or research skills.
The personal tutor system, whereby you are assigned a specific member of staff to help monitor your progress and with whom you meet regularly throughout your degree is a fantastic support mechanism. Additionally, the student support staff are very friendly and helpful if you ever have any problems. The Law School is great at keeping you up to date with the latest events via plasma screens in the law building as well as email and text alerts so that you never miss anything important!
The Law Society is one of the most active of the hundreds of student societies at the university and has extracurricular activities to suit everyone! I have been really involved with it throughout my time at Leeds, and have found it an incredibly enriching experience which has helped me to make the most of my time here. Attending socials including the annual Law Ball and playing for the Netball team for example, have been fun opportunities to meet students from all years. The Law Society also runs subsidised trips abroad every year for all members, and I have great memories of our post exams trip to Summer Break in Newquay and the long weekend which we spent in Amsterdam during my second year. I loved it so much that I decided to run for election to the committee and became the Equality and Diversity secretary during my second year. I attended weekly meetings, organised events and excursions including a trip to Alton Towers and a curry and quiz night, and was responsible for raising students’ suggestions for improvements in the school. I also took part in the internal negotiating competition, reaching the final in my second year and going on to represent the University in a regional competition in York which was a fantastic opportunity to develop this valuable skill.
Life in Leeds
Leeds is an incredibly vibrant city. It is a very friendly place but I particularly like the fact that it is big enough that even after four years here I am still discovering new restaurants, shops and bars etc.
I have really enjoyed the international aspects of my degree and am lucky enough to have been accepted into the Diplomatic Service Fast Stream of the Civil Service leadership programme. I will be starting work at Whitehall in October where I will be based for two years before hopefully going overseas to represent British interests all over the world. However, in between finishing University and starting my job, I intend to travel, relax on a beach somewhere and enjoyed a well earned rest!