School of Law

Amir Patel

LLB Law | 2013-16

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background

I'm the first person in my family to enter higher education. I went to a tough comprehensive school. I came through the university via the Access to Leeds scheme, setup for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.  I am also a Pathways for Potential scholarship holder.

I have currently undertaken work experience at international (DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard), regional (Plexus Law, Walker Morris), and high-street (Alexander Cousins) law firms.  Outside of Law, I have a keen interest in motorsport as well as the automotive sector as a whole. I greatly enjoy broadening my experiences. Outside of law, I greatly enjoy broadening my experiences. Over the summer I worked for one of the largest nationwide charities in the UK and volunteered abroad at a cultural centre in Morocco.

What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?

Prior to coming to University, I was adamant I wanted to be a solicitor. I thoroughly enjoyed the module at A Level, and upon the overwhelming positive feedback of students and staff on the open day, I was adamant the course was right for me. 

I chose Leeds, because its one of, if not, the best University in terms of its academic credentials in the North. There are also a wide array of opportunities available both on and off campus. The Law school here at Leeds is very well-respected by employers. Each year, the very best of Law firms ranging from International, Regional or High street, annually visit the school and provide presentations, hoping to entice students to apply for their firm. As a result of its strong links, numerous career opportunities have been secured exclusively for students of the law school.

What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?

- I have greatly enjoying studying in Leeds; it is such a vibrant city and is definitely student orientated. I really like how there is so much to do here - there is definitely something for everyone! I have thoroughly enjoyed making new friends from various backgrounds.

- The vast number of professional connections and acquaintances I have made throughout my time at Leeds. This ranges from trainee solicitors at high street firms, to partners from some of the worlds largest and most prestigious firms. This is in great part to the numerous opportunities available at the School of Law.

- The quality of teaching and the support offered. It’s a both greatly motivating and rewarding to see academic staff passionate about what they teach, and be at the forefront of their respective fields.

How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?

Over my three years at school student support and consideration of feedback has grown and continues to grow exponentially. There exists both course and module reps whom we can consult. There also exists an open door policy with lecturers and the head of school, with support readily at hand.

In terms of career guidance, the school has a dedicated Career Advisor, who is more than happy to help us, whether this may range from generic career guidance, to applying for vacation schemes and training contracts.

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

Starting with the School of Law, there a wide variety of individual and group working areas. There exist special rooms reserved exclusively for dissertation and post graduate students for those wanting to absolve themselves of any distractions. The Common room, which is accessible to everyone, is also well furnished, boasting numerous seating areas and tables.

There are also numerous individual libraries for those hoping to work outside of the law school.  My personal favourite is the newly-built Laidlaw library, which encompasses not only a vast quantity of legal materials, but also boasts a charming and contemporary setting for university students.

Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc? How have these enhanced your experience at the university?

I volunteered abroad in Morocco where I oversaw and co-ordinated sports activities for students ranging from the ages of 8-21, and assisted in teaching English and French classes.

Over the summer I also worked for Macmillan Cancer Support where I assisted National Fundraising managers and committees by preparing marketing material, providing fundraiser information, organsing merchandise for corporate events to fit budgets and communicating with the public to queiries on volunteering, fundraising etc.

I've been a member of the Leeds Student Law Society, having gone to countless socials, numerous Career Presentations and the Annual Leeds law fair. This really helped me gain valuable contacts.

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