Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I am originally from Leeds and attended school here. Although I never studied Law at school, the legal profession always interested me. I was initially interested in human rights, and have gradually more focused on the commercial sector. I undertook a range of work experience with criminal, family and human rights lawyers as well with regional and international commercial law firms and I did a mini-pupillage with a barrister.
After this experience, I decided that commercial law was what I enjoyed the most, and applied to do a Vacation Scheme last summer with a large, international firm in Leeds. Happily, I was offered a Training Contract as a result, which I will start after I have graduated and completed the LPC.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I thought the option of studying French as well as Law was interesting, as it provided an insight into another legal culture, and gave me the opportunity to continue with a language for which I had studied intensely for A Level, and which I enjoyed. I thought that speaking another language to degree level would be an invaluable skill of interest to any employer. The requirement for a year abroad with my course was also a definite attraction!
I never initially wanted to study in Leeds, always wanting to move away from the city in which I grew up. However, after I visited the open day and spoke to staff and students, I thought that Leeds was the university where I could see myself studying and enjoying myself more than any other. I also felt that the support and opportunities available at Leeds also were better than any other universities I had visited.
What do you think of your course? Have there been any particular highlights for you?
I have really enjoyed my course, although it is not without hard work —just like any other degree! The opportunity to study in France during my third year really made the course stand out for me, as you have the chance to experience a completely different way of life from an academic and cultural viewpoint.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School of Law?
The support available is second to none: any member of staff, regardless of whether they have taught you or not, are always willing to discuss any matter, and always do their best to help wherever possible.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
There is a wide variety of learning spaces to suit everyone’s preferences, with lots of workshops and courses to help with educational development. The facilities available for societies are also excellent.
Have you had the opportunity to study abroad, or complete a year in industry? If so, please tell us about your experience and what you gained from it.
It was a requirement to study Law in a French partner university for the entirety of my third year. I chose to study at Université Jean Moulin Lyon III in the south-east of France. You have free reign of the modules you choose, so you can really tailor your academic experience to suit your interests. The opportunity to gain insight into a different legal culture is invaluable, and without the pressure of knowing that your grades will count towards your final result!
The year abroad enabled me to meet a huge range of other students from all around the world and form close friendships with them. I know that some of the people I met on my year abroad will be my friends for life!
I feel my time in Lyon has made me a much more confident person in a wide variety of situations. I would really recommend taking a year abroad if it is possible as you have the opportunity to meet such a wide variety of people and to experience new situations. It can be daunting but it will be 100% worth it.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc? How have these enhanced your experience at the university?
The University’s Law Society is excellent: it provides all Law students a fantastic opportunity to interact with other students on their course, and experience a wide range of career opportunities both within and outside of Law. And not to forget the infamous socials!