I am originally from Halifax, I moved straight from studying A-Levels at Greenhead to university. I enjoy playing sport regularly, particularly netball and tennis. I also work part-time alongside my law degree.
Why I Chose Law at Leeds
When I visited Leeds I loved the campus university and the law school, it just felt “right”. Leeds offers one of the biggest ranges of law modules for students to choose from. This interested me as I knew I would be able to tailor my degree to my particular interests, as well as studying all the compulsory modules required for a qualifying law degree.
My Passion for Law
For as long as I can remember I have wanted to study law and become a solicitor. It has always been a constant throughout my school life. I could never really pinpoint the reason why law, it just felt right, and I knew it was what I wanted to study. The way the law has an impact on every aspect of everyday life has always fascinated me, from driving on the roads to playing/professional sport. Even the Olympics which would not normally be associated with the law, had solicitors and barristers orchestrating exactly how it played out.
So far, I have really enjoyed studying law, although, it was initially surprising how much independent learning I would need to do. However, techniques I have learnt on the course have enabled me to develop a learning style accordingly.
I have particularly enjoyed the Criminal Law module this year, as it allowed me to develop my understanding of the criminal law system in England and the barriers it faces. In addition, I have enjoyed the freedom to tailor my degree to modules I found interesting; studying the optional Family Law, was an intriguing module, which allowed me to explore alternative assessment methods.
University Facilities and School Support
The Law School is one of the newest and most modern buildings on campus. It includes seminar rooms, a moot court, the legal advice clinic, as well as its own student support desk.
The University has two main libraries, the Brotherton Library and the Edward Boyle Library. They are both up-to-date and easy to use. The Brotherton contains most of the law facilities including textbooks, journals, cases etc. If you can’t find what you are looking for in there, you probably won’t be able to find it anywhere!
There is always someone on-hand in the law school to help with any problems. The law school also has its own careers advice, for help with CV’s and applications, which is really helpful and helps tailor your applications to the area you are applying.
Outside of Studying
Leeds offers one of the largest university unions in the country, bringing with it a huge range of societies and clubs to be involved with. As soon as I started at Leeds I joined the Law Society, which has been the best money I ever spent. Law Soc is renowned for its socials, which never disappoint, these have been a great way to get to know the society and feel part of it from the beginning. I have played Law Soc sport throughout my time at university, it has been a great way to keep fit, make close friends and meet people from other years, as well as playing in matches and tournaments.
I have personally been involved with the Legal Advice Clinic. This has been an amazing opportunity to work on real cases with practicing solicitors, learning how to draft letters and best of all giving effective advice to people who otherwise may not be able to access such legal advice. This has given me rare hands on experience, and has been a great way to enhance my CV.
My advice for prospective students
I would advise anyone applying to the course to dive head first into university life. Try to get involved with as many clubs and societies as you can, as they are a great way to make friends and settle into life at university!
I am hoping to continue on the route to becoming a solicitor, moving on to study my LPC and looking to secure a training contract.