School of Law

Bethan Gifford

LLB Law | 2011-2014

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About Me

I grew up and live in a small town called Barnoldswick about an hour out of Leeds. I am the first generation in my family to have gone to university.

Why I Chose LLB Law at Leeds

During sixth form I participated in the Pathways to Law programme at the university.  I really enjoyed my time there and the general feeling and vibe from the university. Doing the Pathways programme showed me the fantastic support that was available from The School of Law.  The Widening Participation team was well led and showed me continuous support through the Pathways programme which has continued and grown right the way through my university experience. I was informed of the Access to Leeds programme which was incredibly useful for me and reassured me of being able to get to a well respected university.

My Course

Law is an area of study which affects every aspect of a persons` life. Its complexities and intricacies make it a fascinating work of art to be pulled apart and considered at every level.

The course has been fantastic throughout. My interest grew further in second year when I took the International Law module. This opened my eyes to a whole new realm of law making and it was intriguing to study the work of different law making bodies and their connections to the UK system. My love for this area grew further when I undertook the International Human Rights Law module in my third year. This topic gained my interest immediately and allowed me to explore an area of the law I had not previously considered as a career.

The Learning Facilities and School Support

The University’s library and online facilities are fantastic. There is a wealth of information to which the library has access at the click of a button and the Brotherton library is especially well resourced for Law, making studying the course that bit easier. The student support in the School is amazing. There are a number of people within The School of Law who I have sought advice from on a number of occasions. They have provided incredible support which I feel has been of particular benefit to me.

Outside of Studying

Leeds University Union facilitates societies in every possible area that you could imagine! I was part of the Sign Language Society which ran a class to teach British Sign Language from a basic level up to an advanced level.

My Advice to Prospective Students

Do it! I couldn’t have chosen a better university to study at. The support I have received has been fantastic, the standard of teaching has been amazing and the course modules have been thoroughly intriguing.

After Graduation

I am volunteering with a school in Cambodia for 10 weeks through the Leeds for Life programme. While we are there we will be running a summer school and organising activities for the children to participate in. I also plan to travel either side of my time in Cambodia. When I return I am hoping to go into the human rights field, potentially qualifying as a solicitor in human rights or working for an NGO.

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