Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Michelle Haigh

LLB Law | 2004 - 2007

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I've wanted to study law since I was young - when I was 13 years old I did some work experience at a solicitors and I loved it, and I still do.

When I was applying for my degree I had the chance of an offer from Cambridge but I felt I wanted more from University than just the academic experience. I wanted a great life experience, and I thought Leeds had that. They were also really quick at responding to my application.

The course itself is excellent, the standard of teaching is really good. In Contract Law, Criminal Law, and Tort, the text books we're working with have been written by the academics teaching us. Professor Cardwell in particular has been an inspiration. The School have also been really helpful, there's always somebody there to speak to and the door is always open if you have any questions.

I'm taking a gap year when I've finished my exams and working as a climbing instructor in xscape and then travelling round the world for six months. When I come back I start my training and professional qualifications with Addleshaw Goddard.

The social side of life here is excellent, I've been the careers secretary with the law society this year which has been great - I'm also on the staff/student forum.

You could quite easily go out every day of the week if you didn't discipline yourself - the Refectory at the University has some great gigs. There's a great student community as well, everyone is together in Headingley, Hyde Park and Burley, and Leeds Met is next door as well. It's always busy so you feel really safe as you're never walking anywhere on your own.

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