School of Law

Heather Walker

LLB Law | 2014 - 17

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I was born in Barbados, and had lived there my entire life until I moved to Leeds. I'm an avid equestrian and I have represented Barbados in the Caribbean and internationally at show jumping. 

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

I studied Law in 6th form and I really enjoyed it so much that I thought it would be a good fit for me going forward.

I chose Leeds because from the prosepectus the university seemed like a really welcoming place to study. I was lucky enough to be able to come and visit Leeds before I made my decision. What really struck me was the campus and the diversity. To this day I still walk around campus and think how lucky I am to study in such a beautiful environment. I have made friends from so many different countries and I have had the opportunity to learn about so many different cultures. I would never have had this chance if I hadn't come to Leeds to study.

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

The Law course at Leeds is first class. The really good thing about Leeds is the wide variety of modules that are available for a student to choose from. There is everything from Discrimination Law to Banking and Finance. It is one of the reasons I picked Leeds. I was able to study Company and International Law in my second year, and I really enjoyed both modules.

One of the highlights of my course is the opportunity to meet prospective employers. As Leeds has such a well regarded Law School, many of the top law firms come to Leeds to speak with students about their employability and prospects after university. This is a chance to learn a bit more about the firms and to get tips on how to succeed in the application process. Meeting trainees, associates and employers is a great way to help you decide if you wish to go into the legal profession.

How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School of Law?
The staff in the Law School are amazing! They are very friendly and are always willing to help you with anything you need. The lecturers are brilliant and are always happy to spend a little extra time with you to discuss a topic. This really helps you get an idea of what is expected when it comes to assignments and exams.

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

The facilities at Leeds are great. The lecture halls are well equipped and comfortable. The libraries are fantastic and students have a choice between the brand new Laidlaw library, Brotherton which is amazing in all its grandeur, and Edward Boyle which is a favourite among students. The students union is really good; it has loads of shops, places to eat and to hang out. Basically everything you could need!

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

In my first year I joined the horse riding club. That was a great way to make new friends over a shared love of horses. The club was really relaxed and welcomed all riders of different levels. In my second year I picked up kickboxing and I am loving every minute of it! It is a great way to get fit while learning a martial art (which I had never even considered trying before) and is an amazing stress reliever. The club is a great way to meet new friends and the socials are always good fun! Who knows what I will pick up in my 3rd year!

The university has so many clubs and societies that you are spoilt for choice! It’s great because it allows you to meet people you would never have met just on your course, it allows you to try something completely new, and most importantly it’s a relaxed atmosphere so you can have fun while you are at it!

Any other comments you would like to make?

Choosing to study at the Law School, and the university, is one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. I can’t see myself anywhere else and I certainly don’t regret my choice to study here.

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