This week, our super London Moorgate campus is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary. The campus has seen tens of thousands of students pass through its doors throughout this time, all with a dream to become more and go further. Today we’re talking to a handful of people who have had their lives changed by our ULaw Moorgate campus.
ULaw Moorgate Dean Caroline Carter
My favourite experience at Moorgate is taking in the view of the City from the fifth floor and looking across the Honourable Artillery Company’s grounds. It is a wonderful view whatever the weather – sunshine, storms, rainbows – I have seen them all since arriving in April, together with the circling of helicopters overhead preparing to land below.
My favourite place close by has to be the Barbican – what a bonus having a cultural centre on our doorstep and being able to access all that it offers, often at short notice. Taking in an exhibition, a concert, play or film. Or sitting outside the café beside the fountains or the indoor oasis of the conservatory, watching people as they enjoy the wealth of culture in their surroundings – it is a joy and a privilege with something for everyone.
The Moorgate campus is full of surprises; it is very well designed and has an open, airy feel with magnificent views. Being in the heart of the legal and financial district, it often surprises students that they are surrounded by people who not only work but live in the City with their families and call it home.
My advice to any Moorgate student is to put on comfortable shoes and walk around the City sights. Head over towards Smithfield Market, across to St Paul’s, Guildhall, Bank of England, Museum of London and don’t forget the side streets. Drink in the changes that have taken place over the centuries. Work hard but play hard too and intersperse study with the culture of the capital and the social aspects of university life. Balance is the key to keeping calm and focussed in equal measure.
Students can expect a first class vocational and academic training at Moorgate, where they will be taught in an engaging, participative and interactive way. Long gone are the days of ‘talk and chalk’ lectures.
As a new dean, I have put myself in the students’ shoes and joined workshops alongside them. The standard pf teaching is excellent and my only slight regret is that I can’t go back and do it all over again. These are challenging yet exciting times, and I am looking forward to meeting students who will leave their mark on Moorgate and, in time, become respected alumni and drive change in their chosen fields.
Many happy returns Moorgate and congratulations to all who have made the place all that it is today.
ULaw Moorgate alumni
Samuel March - GDL 2018 (BPTC at Bloomsbury)
Pupil barrister at 5 Paper Buildings
I chose to study at Moorgate because it’s a good, modern campus, situated centrally. It offered a January start GDL which was convenient for me as I was starting the year with a change of career.
One of my favourite memories there was the relief, pride and excitement once the first set of exams were under my belt. I started to feel the confidence that I could do it, that I was beginning to understand how the legal system works and how to write and think like a lawyer.
My top tip for students is don't underestimate the Employability Service. Make an appointment in your first week and go back regularly to check in. Ensure your CV is constantly growing, you're getting the proper support and hitting all your important deadlines for work experience, scholarships and job applications.
Shoaib Hussain - LPC
Paralegal at Solicitors Regulation Authority
I chose to study at Moorgate because it was a centre which offered corporate electives. It was also conveniently located in Central London with all the top law firms nearby, which is useful for attending interviews, vacation schemes and networking events.
My favourite memory during my time there was being offered a budget of £2,000 to run the Asian Society as the president; I organised many social events for the society members.
I also enjoyed sitting in the cafeteria area, which offered amazing coffee and free Wi-Fi.
My advice for future students is to make sure they attend all the networking events organised by ULaw - and connect with as many professionals as possible.
Alfonso Brandín Clastre - LLB (Class of 2019) and LPC (Class of 2020)
Trainee Lawyer (Tax Dept.) - CMS Albiñana & Suárez de Lezo (CMS Spain)
Located in the heart of the City, surrounded by top-tier law firms, banks, and other financial institutions and well-connected to public transport, ULaw’s Moorgate Campus offers an unrivalled combination of prime location and excellent teaching and student services. This set of location-based, academic-centred and student life-related aspects led me to choose ULaw's Moorgate campus.
My favourite memory at ULaw was the moment that I entered the classroom for the very first time. I introduced myself to my classmates and, much to my delight, realised that I was by far not the only international student studying the Legal Practice Course. From the Channel Islands, Italy and Spain to Bahrein, the Gambia and Hong Kong (among other nationalities), a vast variety of countries were represented in my class. What I expected to be a predominantly British learning environment was actually a cultural melting pot that most certainly enhanced all of our academic experiences.
Whether to prepare for upcoming workshops, rewrite and revise lecture notes, or study for fast-approaching examinations, the two-storey library facilities at ULaw’s Moorgate Campus are an ideal location. The library offering spacious study places, as well as a vast array of learning materials and, most importantly, a supportive and caring Library Service Team. We all headed for the library when it came to hitting the books. We enjoyed studying outside from time to time, with Bunhill Fields and the gardens of Finsbury Square being a couple of our favourite spots close to the campus.
Nauman Khan - GDL
One of the reasons I studied at ULaw was because it’s one of the top universities in the UK. I wanted to become a barrister, so I chose ULaw for my GDL because the teachers were mostly retired judges and barristers.
I have many favourite memories from Moorgate; it's hard to choose one. If I had to, it would be after the exams when the University had booked a bar. We had a lot of fun there; I don't drink but I have some good memories.
I found the library too quiet and tense, so my favourite place was the basement, where you could talk and study too. My classmates were the best but one of them was my favourite because we would speak in Urdu. We would sit in the workshops together almost all the time. We had fun learning things together. Besides that, all of the other students were friendly and supportive.
ULaw is one of the best universities and they aim to make the best out of you but you need to study hard and be prepared before coming to the workshops or the lectures. For me, it was the first time I had been to a foreign university, so it was hard to study and manage a job, but the support of the teachers and the students helped me finish, and I'm grateful for that.
Give 100% because you'll receive 200% from the teachers there. Best of luck.
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