• The ability to make a difference starts on the first day of term
  • 23 October 2015

    Student Snapshot: Emily McKinnell - LPC student, Guildford

    Emily McKinnell took the 10 month LPC as well as her GDL at ULaw Guildford.  She has successfully secured a training contract and here talks about how the staff and services at ULaw have helped her achieve her career ambitions.

    Law is a gateway for change in society and a vehicle for justice. It is clear to see how a long and successful career in law would enable someone to contribute positive change to society.  On a much smaller level, it is possible to make some difference right from the beginning of the GDL or LPC. This is possible through the many volunteering and pro-bono schemes offered and co-ordinated by ULaw, such as at the National Centre of Domestic Violence and the CAB. The ability to make a difference starts on the first day of term.

    I chose ULaw because of its excellent reputation and convenient location. The open day was very informative and engaging and solidified my decision. It gave a real insight into the life of a ULaw student and an opportunity to ask any questions about the course, workload and teaching.

    Throughout my first year of ULaw I was applying for training contracts. The ULaw careers department were excellent in helping me achieve this goal. The careers service offer many modes of support, all of which I took advantage of.  They read through my CV, helped me tailor applications and prepped me for interviews. The careers service was an invaluable asset and I believe was a major contributing factor in helping me secure a training contract.  

    The areas of law I have been most interested in are land and property law and contract and commercial law. The structure of both the GDL and LPC at ULaw have enabled me to pursue these interests and tailor my learning to these areas.  I am also pursuing these in my professional life by undertaking my training contract in a firm which specialises in corporate real estate and construction. 

    I think the defining factor which makes ULaw such an excellent place to study the GDL or LPC is the tutors.  They are the lifeblood of the University. They are enthusiastic, personable and devoted to helping their students. The contrast between the distant relationships I had with lecturers I had at University and those formed with the tutors at ULaw is profound. They are always available to answer questions, lending a listening ear or help you in moments of exam stress. They dedicate their time to ensuring that all their students are fulfilling their potential. 

    Despite the rigorous nature of the courses offered at ULaw, there is still a heavy emphasis placed on socialising and having fun. There are clubs and societies, such as football, netball, rugby and choir. Social events are also organised, including the Christmas and Summer Balls and the ULaw Annual Pub Quiz, which allows for fierce competition. Ultimately all of these experiences have led me to make friends for life, something I didn’t expect when I joined.

    Outside of law, I have a love for music and drama. I was a member of the ULaw choir and recently played the part of Nancy in a production of Oliver. I am also very interested in current affairs and politics and have undertaken work experience in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. 

    Find out more about the Employability services ULaw students benefit from here.  

    We also encourage you to visit our centres and see for yourself how we can help you achieve your career ambitions. To arrange a centre visit, please email centrevisit@law.ac.uk

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