School of Law

Qasim Saeed

LLB Law | 2012 - 2016

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Please tell us a bit about yourself, where you are from, your background etc? 

I was born and raised in Bradford. I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing different cultures.

What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?

I applied to Leeds for a range of different reasons. Leeds is ranked as one of the best law schools in the country which is proof of the great teaching. As an A-level student, as part of the Pathways to Law initiative, I had visited the University many times and found the staff and environment to be supportive and welcoming. I also wanted to go to a university in a big city and with an active student body. Leeds fit all my criteria and was also quite close to home. 

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

I have always been interested in law. I was always interested in how essential law was for our society to function. Throughout my studies, this interest has only got stronger. I have realised how diverse law can be. It also has the ability to be incredibly complex yet simple at the same time. 

What do you think of your course so far – what aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?

I am enjoying my course immensely. This year I had the opportunity to study abroad for a year in Belgium in one of the highest-ranking law schools in the world. My legal knowledge has definitely improved by doing this and I have had the opportunity to live in another culture and experience life in another country. Aside from this, in Leeds my favourite modules so far have been Public International Law and Commercial Law. It is amazing how they are still described as law but can differ so much in the way they are practiced and their content. I also enjoy going to seminar where I can discuss practical situations where I would need to apply what I have learnt in lectures. I am looking forward to working on my dissertation because I will have the opportunity to research and write my own thesis on an aspect of law I really enjoy reading about.

What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?

The learning facilities at the School of Law are excellent. There are three huge libraries and another being built. There are also computers available in nearly all buildings in campus. The building that houses the law school is modern and has easily accessible resources that students can use such as a lounge for students to relax and a mock moot court.

How do you find the student support in the School?

The School of Law has a system in which students are assigned a personal tutor who they regularly meet to discuss their progress on the degree and any other issues they may have. Lecturers at the School of Law reply to emails quickly and genuinely want students to do well. They also have open office hours in which students can go to them to discuss anything they do not understand or other issues. Furthermore the specialised support staff are very helpful with any technical issues that arise. The Careers Centre is really helpful and gives a lot of help to students making applications to jobs and internships.

What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself? (e.g. Clubs & Societies/activities in the School).

The University has a huge students' union with hundreds of societies. You can be a member of anything from the French Society to the Quidditch Society. Outside of my degree, I have successfully campaigned and ran as a delegate to represent the University in a national students conference, been the treasurer of a large cultural society and been a co-organiser of the University’s Interfaith Week.

Furthermore, there is a lot of law specific opportunities available to students from the School and the student Law Society. I have participated in the negotiating competitions, been a Pathways to Law volunteer and taken part in mooting to name some of the opportunities available.

What do you think about Leeds as a city?

Leeds is an amazing city. You have the ability to do everything here and have a great student experience. It has transport links with all the other major cities and is the UK’s second largest financial city so there are many opportunities available post-university.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

To anyone applying to Law at Leeds I would tell him or her they are making the right decision. Even if you don’t want to practise law, it’s a rigorous and transferrable degree at a strong academic institution.

What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course? What are you career aspirations?

I am still torn as to what my future career entails. I hope to either secure a training contract/job, intern abroad for a year or commence a Masters after I finish third year.

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