School of Law

Joshua Battat

LLB Law | 2014-2017

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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I am an individual who has always placed significant importance on ambition, integrity and open-mindedness. My underlying principle in life has consistently been to take my work seriously but not myself too seriously. In other words, a huge aspect of who I am comprises of the ability to think optimistically as well as always being prepared to find the positives in adverse situations. I also thoroughly enjoy engaging in extra-curricular activities and immersing myself in university life.

Being the first in my immediate family to attend university is something I am very proud of. I believe coming from such a background has encouraged me to be fearless in my approach to education and really set a precedent for future generations. Nobody should be limited because of their background or where they come from.

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

For a long time prior to university, I had always aspired to study Law – both because of my interest in the subject academically and vocationally. Now that aspiration has become a reality. Law is such a broad subject and relates to everything we do and, going forward, I continue to be fascinated by the challenges facing the law and how it will evolve in an ever-changing world surrounded by technological innovation. Most importantly, the skills Law gives to students academically always appealed to me, including the ability to think analytically, critically and laterally. As a result, my ability to interpret large volumes of information has greatly improved. In addition to the academic benefits of studying Law, the extra-curricular benefits of being part of the School of Law are wide-ranging, most notably because of the School’s fantastic Law Society (the largest Law Society in Europe), which hosts competitions, including debating, mooting and negotiating, all of which have enhanced my advocacy and communication skills. Furthermore, the opportunity to network with the country’s most prestigious law firms, barristers’ chambers, as well as many other companies ranging from finance to marketing, is unsurpassed by any other university and was one of the main reasons as to why I chose to study here.

Leeds is simply remarkable. Out of all the universities I went to visit prior to choosing Leeds, no other had the same student atmosphere, beautiful campus and continued investment boasted by Leeds. There was something special about the people I met here and the professors I spoke to. There was clearly a strong support network and an extremely friendly yet professional approach by professors. What stood out to me most was Leeds’ commitment to, and investment in, its students. This was essential to me: going to a university where wellbeing, quality of teaching and students’ futures was the priority. In particular, the School of Law is housed in the Liberty Building, a brand new state of the art building representing modernity and innovation. The University has clearly managed to combine its rich history and tradition with a clear vision for the future. I also loved the diversity of Leeds, that every individual I met was different and could offer something unique to my university experience. This commitment to diversity highlighted Leeds’ emphasis on bringing people together from different backgrounds in order to foster an environment where fresh perspectives are prevalent. Being surrounded by interested and interesting people also stood out. I wanted to go to a university that challenged me, one that would help me grow and one that would broaden my understanding of the world we live in. It was made apparent that the Leeds University, its alumni and its current students are making a difference not only to this country but also to the world in general. I wanted to be a part of all of that.

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

Studying Law has been extremely stimulating, challenging the way I think about society and the world at large. I love that there is never a simple answer to any question, forcing me to think creatively and to consider a range of issues. My reasoning and answers are always enhanced by those who teach me. This has been made possible through the unwavering support by professors at Leeds. It is this ongoing support network that has made being a Law student engaging and enjoyable. Furthermore, being a Law student encompasses so much more than just academic study. We are all truly part of the School of Law “community”, immersing ourselves in the countless number of opportunities on offer, which include attending talks given by external speakers, helping the local community through pro bono work, invitations to networking events with some of the country’s most esteemed employers and getting involved with the Law Society.

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

The guidance and support provided by staff within the School is outstanding. What is particularly unique about Leeds is that you never feel that you are inconveniencing staff when asking for help.

This breaks down the barrier between students and staff, fostering a strong community atmosphere. 

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

Engaging in University life outside of my academic work has always been extremely important to me. I play competitive football on a weekly basis. I am  actively involved in the School of Law community, engaging in the Law Society’s annual negotiation competition. As well as negotiation, there are also opportunities to participate in both mooting and debating. I am also a Pathways-to-Law Mentor for prospective Law students, providing practical and tailored advice to A-Level students about what it’s like to study Law at a Russell Group university. There really is so much to get involved in outside of academic study at Leeds and this was strongly encouraged from day one. 

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