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Learn Your Way: Elsa Bennett

Elsa knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she realised justice is not always served. Growing up, she had a strong desire to make an impact on the world. With this motivation in mind, Elsa took the leap to studying online during the pandemic and to start becoming the change she wishes to see.

By Elena Carruthers. Published 24 October 2022. Last updated 11 January 2023.

I am a career-changer completing my second year of law school at The University of Law. I am the mother of two children and was born in Portugal. From a very young age, I wanted to become a lawyer. Unfortunate personal family events led me to have a strong desire to make a difference in a world that is not always fair and where justice is not always served.

During the pandemic, I decided that if I want to see change, I must take action. Based on my research, I decided that The University of Law was the best option for me, as it offers an outstanding Online LLB.

What I enjoy most about the course and studying at The University of Law’s Online Campus is the wide variety of up-to-date materials provided and the assistance I receive from the tutors. A common misconception about online study might be that there is less interaction, but students gain a huge range of resources and options that help to integrate you into the Online Campus and the University more broadly.

Once I finish my studies, my goal is to practice international law as a dual-qualified barrister in English and Portuguese jurisdictions. I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue this, being able to study remotely while still making time for family and working part-time.

While studying remotely, I maintain contact with my colleagues using our WhatsApp group and with my tutors, mainly through email. This is a great way to stay connected with peers and answer any queries around study, but also just stay in touch and chat generally.

Selecting a strategy for staying focused and engaged depends on your personality. I must constantly find new ways to maintain my motivation, such as studying in different locations or conducting research to support my studies.

To me, the most valuable resources offered by the University are its Employability Service, which I frequently use to look for pro bono opportunities or seek the team's advice on my CV and cover letters. The University’s library is another invaluable resource for my research.

For anyone hoping to pursue an online degree at The University of Law, take the following steps: reach out to the university, attend online sessions, and interact with other students to learn more about their experiences.


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