Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
To start off, I was born and raised in Malaysia and my ethnicity is Malaysian Indian. As a transfer student, I only came to Leeds during my second year of law school and will ultimately be a University of Leeds graduate. During my free time, I enjoy volunteering with STAR Leeds, where I tutor refugees and asylum seekers English. Besides that, I also seek solace in baking and attending spin classes conducted at The Edge.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
First and foremost, the reason I steered towards law was because of the myriad job opportunities that it offers. Its flexibility and versatility is what entices me as I am able to venture into many other areas; unrestricted by my degree.
It was with no hesitation that Leeds was my university of choice as I have heard from seniors that the quality of education being provided at Leeds was top notch – this is something I can firmly vouch for as well! The teaching staff at the University are dedicated and are ever willing to lend a helping hand. Also, the University of Leeds has recently been named University of the Year 2017 by The Times and The Sunday Times’ Good University Guide with regards to their excellent student experience, and rightfully so. The student support in Leeds is impressive as they really take into consideration everything that will allow them to provide you with the best university experience. Nothing goes unnoticed here. Hence, it wasn’t hard for me to choose a university which would offer me such excellent services and education quality.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
My course indeed challenges me to think out of the box as there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to studying law. It all depends on how you argue your case at hand. Are you able to back up your thoughts and findings with evidence and justifications? The School of Law is active in organising various career fairs and talks by magic circle law firms throughout the year to enable students to engage with their possible future employers.
The highlight throughout my time here would definitely be the frequent Leeds career fairs as well as the engaging activities organised by the Law Society. This has made me feel particularly secure as I know that school is working hard to provide these opportunities for me and my peers. The law school also organises frequent socials with the law students and their lecturers accompanied by some delicious refreshments to keep up with the students’ overall progress, which maintains the school’s friendly staff-student atmosphere.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
Student support at Leeds is impressive. Students are able to clarify their uncertainties about a certain topic with their lecturers during their consultations hours which are frequently available. This would come in handy especially when it’s closer to exam season. In addition, law school staff provides CV checking facilities as well as workshops for students to hone their research skills. The staff within the School are also incredibly efficient in catering to your needs whenever you are faced with an issue be it with something as trivial as a timetable or simply your general well-being.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
I particularly appreciate the numerous libraries present on campus. This is especially useful for law students as reading materials are constantly available for us. The University also has serveral 24-hour computer clusters for those who intend to carry out research at any time of the day.
Leeds University Union is also very active and inclusive. With frequent on-campus events, there is always something to do throughout the week, whether it was helping you plan your academic career or a meditation class to help students unwind.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I am currently a mentor under the Law School E-mentor programme whereby I provide guidance and answer queries of schooling students who are unsure about embarking on a legal career path. I also enlighten them with pointers of university life, as it can be a rather daunting time.
I am a member of the Leeds University Malaysian & Singaporean Society and will be taking part in our annual Malaysian Night play this March. In addition to that, I was also part of the STAR Leeds programme whereby I engage in conversation classes with refugees and asylum seekers to teach them the English Language.