School of Law

Rowena Evangeline

LLB Law | 2013 - 16

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.

I’m a transfer student from Malaysia, hence unlike the local students I did my first year abroad in Malaysia and the two remaining years in the University of Leeds. I’m also graduating with a 2:1 from the university this summer and will be starting the Bar Professional Training Course (to become a barrister) this coming September.

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

I think the great thing about studying a law degree is that it’s very flexible, you don’t just have to be lawyer once you graduate. Being a people-person in general, I was motivated by the fact that being a lawyer involved working with clients from various walks of life- be it a multi-million dollar business or a struggling family, there is always different fields to choose from. I loved Leeds University because it is a city campus and everything is just a short walk away and as a student this is extremely convenient, especially if you’re new to Leeds. In fact the city itself has a lot going on: festivals, marathons and shopping centres. It’s exciting!

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

Law is challenging, you have to put in a lot of consistent effort throughout the degree course. However, the Law School and the University Union had various events lined up for the students throughout term time. One of the best moments was the Leeds Summer Ball: we had a whole theme park set up in our university!

How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School of Law?
The staff has done an excellent job in providing guidance for us law students. We constantly get updates and legal opportunities through close ties the School of Law has with both global and national firms. They provide guidance on writing CV’s and applications for various legal jobs which is something incredibly beneficial considering how competitive the legal market is today.

How would you describe the facilities at the University?

Top-notch with modern lectures halls, seminar rooms and libraries.

Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc? How have these enhanced your experience at the university?

I was recently involved in a legal work experience programme for 2 weeks, which I obtained through the University’s ‘Stay in Leeds’ Law Fair. The school regularly has these events to provide opportunities reserved only for Leeds University Law Students. I’ve also been part of the Malaysian Society and the Street Dance Society, where I performed for various showcases and dance competitions (We represented Leeds in the recent ‘Go hard or Go home’ competition in which we won first place!).

These events have definitely given me a broader perspective of culture, as I’ve worked and made friends with people from almost every corner of the world, and if you ask me, that’s the best part about university: experiencing something that pushes you outside of your comfort zone. I’ve learnt so much about the world, and most importantly, about myself.

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