School of Law

Joseph Hilton

LLB Law | 2014 - 2017

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I come from a family that has always been passion with helping children and those in need. My parents are foster carers, my mum owns a nursery. I have grown up in an environment where others come first and this is what I wanted to promote but through the use of law.

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

I have always been interested in Law specifically about how the world is governed by law, and the implications law has on our perceptions. While may people see the money in law my driver is the equity that law can create. I believe the law can lead to social change and change in society is something that is important to me.

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

While the course is challenging I would do it all again. The opportunities that I had to delve into areas of law that I enjoy and broaden my horizons. From working with people who have been in domestic violent relationships to talking to inspirational people from all walks of life.

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

The staff at Leeds are amazing. The lecturers are willing to talk to you on any matter. That can be from problems with daily life to a specific area of law they will be willing to help. Once you have built that rapport with the lecturers then there will be opportunities that come from the relationship that you build.

Since starting at the university have you been granted any scholarships, or won any awards for example?

I have started my dream job working as an education paralegal. I am currently working and studying my LPC at the same time. This is an opportunity that became available to me from working with one of the projects that was part of the Law School.

Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?

I got involved in many extra-curricular activities whilst a student here. I have been quite the socialite while at University. I attended as many talks as I could and even had the chance to conduct my own. I have also been a huge part of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Network in the school and volunteered with the legal clinics lead by Lydia and Sarah.

Any other comments you would like to make?

Leeds is a community, the number of students in Leeds is amazing. No matter what type of person you are you are bound to find someone that is just like you.

I've left the University of Leeds feeling like I have made a change and walked into my dream job. This would not have been possible without the support from the staff here.

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