Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Bren McCarthy

LLB Law | 2013-16

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I'm from the south, I'm very sporty and played football all my life. I took a year out before starting university to travel around Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. After uni I'm planning to build my career in commercial law in London.

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

Work experience with the Met police in London is what first got me interested in law, and I then went onto study it at A level. I soon combined this with my interest in business which is why I would like to go into commercial law.

University of Leeds ticked all the boxes for me:

  • A campus university with a thriving city right on its doorstep
  • High quality sports facilities
  • Well respected and highly regarded
  • An impressive law department and leading academics.
  • Strong focus on ‘teaching staff’ – many winning awards
  • The liberty Building
  • A well-resourced student Law Society

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

It's challenging and a lot is expected of you but this is perfect for me. There's a strong relationship with staff, with many academics at the top of their game. The small intake to the School is critical, as it creates the personal and community focused feel.

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

Guidance and support is always there and the staff really want to help, but you have to go and get it – and rightly so, we are all adults and the days of being spoon fed are behind us!

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

There's continuous development and investment into the university.  The Liberty Building is impressive and it is nice to have a 'hub' - a real community feel. In my role as LawSoc President I'm working with the Head of School to bring a new form of common area to the school.

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

Last academic year I was LawSoc's Negotiating Secretary where I organised and judged many of events in the negotiating competitions. This year I have taken on the role of LawSoc President which has been incredible. The amount of firms who are interested in Leeds law graduates highlights the skills which the school of law instils in you during your time at Leeds. The investment the firms make in our society is evidence of this.

The connections I have made through the Law Society are endless and being so involved within the school and working with the Head of School, Alastair Mullis, has completely changed my university experience.

Any other comments you would like to make?

The School of Law and Law Society at the University of Leeds have developed me in so many ways and have set me up for a bright future. 

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