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Learn Your Way: Elsa Bennett

Elsa Bennett is a current Online LLB Law student determined to make a positive impact on the world. Here, she tells us about her career ambitions and what it’s like studying online and balancing this alongside being a mother, as well as what led her to take the plunge and change careers.

By Elena Carruthers. Published 24 October 2022. Last updated 6 October 2023.

I decided to study the LLB Law Online because it allowed me to look at my own pace and schedule. As a working professional and a mother, I needed a way to pursue my passion for law without sacrificing my family time. Online study allows me to balance children and study without compromising. Additionally, the online program offered by the university was highly reputed and provided the same quality of education as the traditional on-campus program. Based on my research, The University of Law and its outstanding online law degree was the best option.

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. These circumstances and my desire to contribute to a positive change led me to pursue a degree and eventual career in law. 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.

Flexibility in study is so important because it allows you to adjust your studies to your life and schedule, working at your own pace. A common misconception about online study might be that there is less interaction, but students gain a huge range of resources and support that help to integrate you into the Online Campus and the University more broadly.

What I enjoy most about the course and studying online is the wide variety of up-to-date materials provided and the assistance I receive from the tutors. Another extremely valuable resource is the employability team, which I frequently use to look for pro bono opportunities or seek the team's advice on my CV and cover letter. The University library is another invaluable resource for my research.

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 address any queries around study, but also just stay in touch and chat generally.

I would advise students to take an approach to studying that suits your personality. For example, I must constantly find new ways to maintain my motivation, such as studying in different locations or conducting research to support my studies. To fully immerse yourself in your studies, I believe the first steps are to contact the University, attend online sessions, and reach out to other students to learn more about their experiences.

 

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