School of Law

Arjun Patel

LLB Law | 2014-2017

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I have lived in 4 different countries before settling in the UK. I now live in Basingstoke just outside London.

I took a gap year before University in order to gain some legal work experience and take part in Camp America. Throughout my gap year I worked in Superdry and as a Gateway Advisor for the Citizens Advice Bureau. I then volunteered for 3 months at a Disabilities camp in Missouri through Camp America. These experiences made me more mature and gave me skills which I have used at University.

At University I am a Campus Ambassador for Aspiring Solicitors. My role involves co-ordinating with our team and organising drop in sessions in order to help students with any application or CV queries. In addition I also promote opportunities on social media platforms. I am also an active member of the Leeds Law Society and in my first year I won the debating competition and assist in judging the negotiation completion.

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

Both of my cousins studied Medicine and Law here, so it was instantly a place I knew I would like. The course offered some really interesting modules such as Banking and Finance and Intellectual Property which really appealed to me. There is a good balance between the nightlife and the University and there is always something happening either at Trinity or the Corn Exchange.

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

The course at Leeds is very well structured in that it provides with a wider appreciation of the law outside of the classroom. The way the course allows you to develop your presentational skills throughout your time, really puts you in good stead for any future career. A highlight for me was the first mooting presentation we had to do as part of our Foundations assessment as I really engaged with the topic and was able to improve my self-confidence.

How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School of Law?
The staff at Leeds are incredibly helpful as they are willing to help you with whatever problems you have, whether you have any academic queries or personal problems, there is always someone in the law school available.

The guidance provided by my personal tutor has really helped me with regards to choosing my dissertation title as I was able go through my options and hone in on an area I was passionate about.

Have you had the opportunity to study abroad, or complete a year in industry? If so, please tell us about your experience and what you gained from it.

In the summer I was in Seoul as part of a University exchange programme. I was able to learn more about South Korean culture and their emerging technology industry. During my time in Seoul I explored the city and had the unique opportunity of visiting the border between the North and the South.

At the University I studied North Korean Politics and Taekwondo.  Through my North Korean class I was able to learn more about the ideologies of the communist regime and how life compares to their Southern Counterparts. As part of a project we visited a North Korean library and were able to gain a glimpse into the education of North Korean children. Through Taekwondo I was able learn more about the national sport and this allowed me to become more immersed in Korean culture.

Overall I enjoyed learning about a new culture as it provides me with a new perspective and the opportunity to interact with different people.

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

At University I am part of my Law Society and Hindu Society. I am an active member in the Law Society as in my first year I became the debating champion. I am also an Aspiring Solicitor Campus Ambassador. My role involves co-ordinating with our team and organising drop in sessions in order to help students with any application or CV queries. In addition I also promote opportunities on social media platforms.

Through Aspiring Solicitors I took part in the national Commercial Awareness Competition. Our team last year made it to the finals at Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf and placed 3rd. This year again we are in the finals representing Leeds hoping to win the competition.

Just before my second year I was given the opportunity to attend a one week placement at Freshfields. This came about through the University in partnership with a Partner at the firm named Neil Golding who is a Leeds Alumni. I had to compose a cover letter stating why I would be an ideal candidate for the placement and what I hoped to achieve whilst I was there. This was sent off coupled with my CV and my first year grades. I was notified I was successful in obtaining the one week placement on the 15th of July whilst I was in South Korea.

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