School of Law

Ben Palmer

LLB Law | 2014-2017

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Please tell us a bit about yourself, your background etc?

I am from a small town called Yarm in the North East. I study Law at University of Leeds and I aim to practice as a Solicitor in a city law firm.

What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?

For me, it was soon as I walked into the Law School I knew Leeds was the place for me. I could tell the staff were very supportive and the students were very friendly speaking very highly of Leeds. The opportunities available at Leeds are second to none in terms of volunteering. I think Leeds creates well rounded graduates as it emphasises strong academics Leeds but also participating in the wider community and getting experience of your chosen field of work. Leeds has an outstanding reputation and looks good to employers.

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

The fact I am being taught by some of the most respected and talented lecturers in their field speaking so well about their subject of expertise makes me passionate to do well in my studies.

What do you think of your course so far – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?

My favourite aspects of the course are the choice of modules when you get too second year. There is a lot on offer and you can tailor your course to what you find interesting.

What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?

The schools facilities are amazing. There is lots of space to study and access to computers. The new Laidlaw Library is a fantastic space to learn.

Tell us about your current placement:

I had a one week placement at Freshfields, one of the best law firms in the world. It was an invaluable opportunity to gain a feel for the firm and network with staff.       

How did you obtain your placement?

I obtained my placement through the Law School, once again showing great links between the Law School and employers.

 What does your placement entail?

My placement entailed one week shadowing an associate at the film, researching current cases the firm was working on. I worked out billing for some contracts. Practising using the Freshfields database and lessons on how to use IT in a legal environment, how to write legal emails and letters and participating in debating exercises. Meeting a number of professionals on how to improve employability.

What has been the highlight so far?

My highlight was meeting some of the best partners at the firm and gaining some fantastic contacts.

How do you think you will be able to apply this to your final year?

Hopefully, this will put me in a better stance to apply for training contracts in my final year.

What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself?

I participate in the Justice project, a scheme ran by the University of Leeds providing legal advice to prisoners claiming to be innocent who are unable to secure legal aid, preparing their case to present to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. I am gaining skills on how to manage a case load, research skills in finding evidence to prepare a case for the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

What would you say about Leeds as a city?

Leeds is a fantastic city which offers a lot of opportunities. It is a big city but everything is close by and accessible to get to.

What do you like to do outside of studying?

I like to socialise with friends and travel.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

Go for it, it is the best decision you will ever make.

What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course?

I aim to go on to the next stage of my legal training, hopefully securing a training contract.

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