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Our Marketing Volunteers: Why I chose my course

Choosing a university and specific course can be daunting, especially as there are so many different avenues to choose from. We spoke with some of our current students to hear first-hand about what inspired their choices.

By Cara Fielder. Published 20 December 2022.

Presley Bee is studying the LLM at our Birmingham campus

Since I was young, I always looked up to my grandad who had spent most of his life as a police officer and made his way up through the ranks. I wanted to follow in his footsteps and when I got to college, I was driven to achieve this goal. I took law in college as I believed it would be important to know the law as a police officer.

However, in my first law class, we learned about solicitors and barristers and up to that point, I didn’t really know much about those roles. During that lesson and future lessons on the subject, I realised that this was the career for me, and I believe it is the job where I can do the most to help people and the communities. Choosing to study law in college is one of the defining moments in my life as without that choice I wouldn’t be at The University of Law.

Helping people has always been something I enjoy; learning about the role of the solicitor, the client interaction and casework jumped out at me and showed me my future career path. Moving to university, I chose law at The University of Law as I liked the personal touch that it offered by operating on a much smaller basis to deliver more focused teaching.

I have had support from my family and my local community to achieve this goal and I want to give back to the community through various pro-bono work. Volunteering is a big way I currently give back to the community and my work at Citizens Advice is very rewarding. I hope that my efforts are giving the same support and help to the Birmingham community that I had in Surrey.

Jordan Lancaster is currently studying our Online LLM

My desire to study law comes from three female judges whose career path has inspired me, and their personal encouragement of women to enter law: Ruth Bader Ginsberg (Supreme Court) and Joan Churchill (immigration) in the US and Lady Hale (Supreme Court) in the UK. I have had the privilege to meet both Joan Churchill and Lady Hale personally and speak with them about my career.

I had wanted to study law for a very long time but had been hesitant to commit to a law conversion course. However, these female judges demonstrated great determination in pursuing their careers in the law, and always encourage other women to find their place in the legal sector. I was impressed by their ability to make a difference in the lives of so many people through their work and this gave me the courage to try to do the same.

Finally, I must also recognise and thank my alma mater, The University of Law. Had it not been for the University’s innovative approach to e-learning and development of the Online campus, I would not have found it so easy to access my studies. I am proud to study at an institution which invests in diverse and inclusive pathways into law.

Ayomide is studying Leadership and Human Resource Management (LHRM) at our Birmingham campus

Figuring out what I wanted to do career-wise after my undergraduate degree in English Language was a big headache. In my head, I could do everything. Even though there were lots of modules in the course, I still struggled to find the right career fit because most of the modules were theory-based.

LinkedIn was a useful resource in my search for a suitable career. I went through the profiles of industry experts, then I came across Human Resource Management (HRM). I did some research about the industry, and I was really excited.

While freelancing, I registered for a professional HRM course for an in-depth understanding of the career I was about to commit to. The training modules were all about people relations and management. I thought - ‘This is it.’

I envisage that a master's degree at University will equip me with all I need to launch my career. My journey to The University of Law to study LHRM was born out of an intense passion for human resources. I am optimistic that the course will help me achieve career success.

Catherine is studying the part-time Online Legal Practice Course (LPC)

I am studying the postgraduate LPC with the additional (no extra charge) LLM including four elective subjects.

My experience with The University of Law has been a very positive educationally and socially. The organisation, structured learning, resources, materials and tutors were exceptionally helpful and always available.

The longstanding background and provision that The University of Law has in online legal learning were a big draw and, I can honestly say, after having completed the first year of the part-time LPC/LLM that I have not been disappointed in any way. In fact, any expectations I had have been exceeded. The University of Law provides not only a first-class online educational experience but also so many other opportunities, whether that’s furthering knowledge in the legal arena or in areas as diverse as learning to sign using British Sign Language and how to start a podcast.

Each opportunity is like a wrapped chocolate surprise in a year-long advent calendar. There are not enough days of the year to sample all the extra-curricular courses. Options are provided via the employability portal, access to the Law Society and its many webinars and the information and courses offered by the Library Service, just to name a few.

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