School of Law

Jacynthia Pommells

LLB Law | 2014-2017

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I am currently a second year student on the 3 year Law  LLB course in the School of Law. I am originally from the Caribbean island of Jamaica and I have been living in the UK for almost five years. At present, I volunteer on the Street Law programme under the School of Law, I am member of the Afro-Caribbean society and Law society. I am also working part-time at the Apple Store in the Trinity Leeds shopping centre on weekends and some weekdays. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, singing and going to restaurants and the cinemas with my friends.

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

I was encouraged to study Law because of my personal interest in debating and I also find aspects of black letter law interesting. During my further education studies, I realised that I was truly fascinated by the way in which the law was instrumental to the functioning of society from the regulation of legal relationships between employers and employees to laws protecting equal treatment of men and women within the workplace.

I was a participant of the Reach for Excellence programme at the university during my A-Level studies. This programme was highly influential in helping to me to decide whether the university was the right match for me. I was involved in numerous subject taster sessions, workshops on transitioning to life as a university student and social activities throughout this programme. I thoroughly enjoyed this programme and I absolutely love studying at Leeds.

I am continuously amazed by the diverse and vibrant atmosphere that Leeds has to offer and I am confident that these three years will become some of the best of my life.

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

I am very satisfied by my course thus far. Studying Law has not only helped me to realise my academic potential but it has also built my character and helps me to think more critically. Law is definitely a challenge, sometimes even an uphill battle but so far I am enjoying it.

One of my main highlights thus far is being awarded the Squire Patton Boggs Scholarship Prize for being the ‘most well- rounded law undergraduate’ in my second year for 2015/2016. I am also very pleased to have secured two vacation schemes with Travers Smith LLP and Squire Patton Boggs LLP. I have also been recently informed that I was successful in my application for an internship to teach English in China this summer for a month, so I am also really excited about this opportunity.

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

The staff within the School of Law are friendly and willing to help as long as you make them aware that you need some support. My personal tutor, Julie, has been very supportive and encouraging throughout my time at the School. Also I can never speak too highly of the student guidance and personal development team at the School, especially Marika, Steve Carter and Herabans who have helped me to make the most of  various career opportunities and provided me with sound advice.

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

The facilities at the University are superb and well kept. I particularly love Brotherton Library and the Student Union building. There is something here for everyone, you will never be bored as there is plenty to get involved with if you so desire.

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

I currently volunteer on the Street Law programme with the School of Law. As a volunteer I am involved in creating educational and interactive presentations on different legal topics to young children in schools.  The attendees of our presentations are usually aged between 9 -17 years old and the schools have been very receptive to the purpose of these presentations. Thus far I have enjoyed engaging with young people on various topics including miscarriage of justice and the legal profession. This programme has been a truly rewarding experience and has helped me to appreciate the importance of transferable skills such as team work, time management and communication.

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