School of Law

Caitlin Lisle

LLM International Human Rights Law | 2013-2014

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About me

I studied for my LLB (hons) in English Law at the University of Dundee, during which time I spent a year in Antwerpen, Belgium on the postgraduate level International and European Legal Studies Programme. Originally wanting to become a barrister, I quickly realised that I love studying and researching the law and its many quirks, and so I decided to pursue an academic career. Studying for the LLM International and European Human Rights Law here at Leeds has given me the chance to develop a specialism in the area of law that I find most interesting, and really encouraged me to follow and explore my interests.

My motivation to study at Leeds

The reputation of the Law School, the opportunity to study with experts in my field of interest, and the comprehensive choice of optional modules, as well as being offered the opportunity to take an elective from outside the Law School, were all very attractive, and when I came to the Open Day I was very impressed by the range and quality of facilities available across the campus, as well as the friendliness of the Law School staff. I was also offered a paid internship with the Law School for the duration of my LLM studies, an opportunity which has been hugely beneficial.

My course

In law, there are no absolute right or wrong answers, and there is a constant evolution and development of what the law is. Human rights and protections have a huge lasting impact on how we can and do live our lives, from the freedom and torture to rights and equal pay. When placed in the ever-shifting context of the law, it is a constantly fascinating subject to study.

So far I’ve really enjoyed all of my modules, but am looking forward to the dissertation. As an LLM student I have had complete control over what my dissertation will be on, and so I am especially looking forward to getting the opportunity to really explore a particular area of my choice in depth over the summer.


The postgraduate facilities available in the Law School are excellent, with dedicated study rooms and computer clusters and even at the busiest times, there is always a space available.

The staff are really helpful and friendly, and are always willing to talk to students. The Law School generally is very supportive of its students, for example I will be speaking at a national conference soon, and the Law School has been very generous in providing financial support for my participation.

Extra-curricular activities

There are so many societies and activities available for students at Leeds that it just isn’t possible to try them all. I am a member of the Stitch and Bitch knitting society which meets every week, and I am on the editorial team for the Leeds Journal of Law and Criminology. Outside of the university, I am also an avid ice-skater and train regularly at the nearby Bradford Ice Arena.

Plans after gradauation

Since the second year of my undergraduate studies, I have been dedicated to pursuing an academic career in the law, with the aim of becoming a lecturer. I’ve loved my time studying for my LLM so much that I’m planning on undertaking a PhD, hopefully here in Leeds.

To anyone thinking of applying to study at Leeds I would definately recommend coming to an open day. I was undecided until I came and having spoke to lecturers and students, I was completely convinced that Leeds was the place for me – a choice I do not regret at all.

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