Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
Prior to attending University, I spent 10 years in regulatory services working for local government. Having had the experience of law related employment my interest in law grew to the point that I made the decision to come to university as a mature student, a decision that I have not regretted.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
The School of Law has an impressive reputation and from the first moment I came to the campus I knew this was the place I wanted to be. Leeds is a great place to study and live and thus far it has not failed to live up to my expectations.
For those wanting to enter the legal profession Leeds has the largest legal centre outside of London. The School of Law is well placed with international, national, regional and local law firms.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
The University of Leeds LLB programme is comprehensive and intellectually stimulating; providing students with core life skills such as critical thinking, the ability to undertake research, commercial awareness and many opportunities for personal development.
The course is well structured and delivered by dedicated academic staff. The School of Law is proud of its heritage however it does not rest on its laurels and continuously seeks to improve its programmes and delivery by proactively engaging with students. Although each year contains compulsory modules the programme provides you with the opportunity to make the degree your own by the selection of optional modules in your second and third years. I am especially looking forward to the dissertation in the final year.
I have also been impressed by the School's focus on careers and preparing students for employment after graduation. The School of Law provides career/employability support along the journey of the course, although voluntary, engagement is beneficial as it develops and encourages your personal and professional aspirations.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
The staff are professional and will assist students wherever and whenever possible, they are enthusiastic in providing a high level of education through comprehensive materials which will enable a student to develop their knowledge of the law. Each tutor has weekly academic support hours where you can drop in to see them. In your first year and for the duration of your degree you are allocated a personal tutor, I have found mine supportive, professional and approachable.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The purpose-built School of Law provides an exceptional learning and teaching environment, which includes, amongst many of its features, a moot court room. The school is a wonderful place because of the strong sense of community and forms the hub of your legal education.
The facilities and learning spaces at the University of Leeds are excellent and the libraries contain wide-ranging resources, as a law student our main library is located in the atmospheric Brotherton Library but if you prefer a more modern feel then you can use the new Laidlaw Library which opened last year.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
The level of engagement in extra-curricular activities is entirely in your hands, I believe that to make the most of your university experience, students should take up many of the opportunities that are on offer, not only in the School of Law but the University as a whole. Leeds University Union hosts over 250 clubs and societies so there is plenty to choose from.
During my time thus far I have participated in the Law Society negotiation competition; become a Student Recruitment Ambassador for the school; a student volunteer for the School of Law Legal Advice Clinic; and a University Learning Champion.