Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Melissa Serpe and I am from Toronto, Canada. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree at Queen’s University before coming to University of Leeds to complete a law degree.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I applied to the 2 year LLB graduate program, which is the accelerated LLB for those who have a degree already. Applying for the program was an easy choice as I always knew I wanted to go into law. Unlike the UK, Canada requires an undergraduate degree before obtaining a law degree. The two year degree is appealing because not many countries offer a two year program. Deciding on Leeds was an even easier decision, the reputation that both the university and the Law School have, is what has led me to pick Leeds. Furthermore, the city itself offers many attractions somehow obtaining a big city feel while still feeling like a small close community.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
A law degree by no means is an easy degree but that does not mean it is not worth all the readings and work for seminars. The modules are engaging and push you to think outside of the box. Whether it has been a guest lecture in criminal law (a police officer/campus security) or having debates about juries in seminar for Foundations of Law, the program always keeps you engaged.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
You always hear that the schools have the best interest for their students but at the University of Leeds Law School, that statement could not be more true. The professors are always willing to help whether it is via e-mail or during their academic support hours. The professors and staff also make sure that we are well prepared for exams. There has not been a time at Leeds where I felt alone.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The facilities at the school are top notch, whether it is the new looks of Laidlaw library or catching up with friends at Old Bar. In lectures, we have lecture capture which allows you to re-watch lectures. Furthermore, the Edge (our gym) is a great way to destress and the amenities are incredible.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I am involved in two societies, LawSoc and Leeds Dancesport. LawSoc offers many great opportunities both socially and academically. LawSoc also gave me to opportunity to meet other law students and talk to students in upper years about the program. It also allowed me to take part in negotiation and mooting tournaments against other first years in the school of law. Leeds Dancesport, which is ballroom and Latin dancing, has allowed me to compete for Leeds against other Universities and is a great way to meet other students. Overall, there are many societies to join at Leeds and it’s an amazing way to bond with people that have similar interest or just a great way to try something new.