Diamante is currently doing her first year accelerated LLB at our Bloomsbury campus. With an ambition to become a barrister, Diamante carefully balances her studies with being a mother of two young children. We caught up with her to discuss why she chose to study with us and how we’re helping her to reach her ambition.
I looked at several different universities but The University of Law stood out to me because it specialises in law. I also read several articles and spoke to different students that had come to ULaw and they all recommended it over other universities.
During Fresher’s week, we had a whole day on employability. They showed us how they can help us with our CVs, how to find Pro-Bono opportunities, things that a lot of other universities don’t actually do – I am really grateful for that.
I’m really close to all the friends that I’ve made at ULaw. We all have group chats where we speak about our work and we’ve bonded really well. We’re really close and everyone is so motivated to finish the course and do well. It’s amazing to have met people that are driven like me; we’re going to succeed together.
I am mother of two, a one-year-old and a two-year-old. It’s definitely not easy, being a mum whilst studying, but I have been able to manage family life and studying. When I am at home, the majority of time, I am with my kids, but once they go to bed I am straight back to student mode.
When I’m at University I get a break away from being a mum and I can just be a student again. I work hard when I’m at ULaw and my friends are very supportive. They help me to make sure that I reach my goals as a mother, because it’s definitely not easy but it’s not impossible. I am really glad I’m doing it now and can tell my kids, once they grow up, that I achieved it while they were little.
We recently had our Mock Week, which involves a lot of work; it gives you time to work on your essays and it’s helped to keep me up-to-date with where I am with my work. Being a mum, having to do the work and the preparation for each of the lecturers can be a bit difficult at times but student Services have been very supportive and helped by giving me an extension, which has given me more time to still complete my mocks.
I’ve recently been accepted as a student ambassador, which I am really excited about as I get to represent the University, not just here, but also at different institutions. I am also a class representative. So, not only do I get to represent my class, but the whole University, which is amazing.
My favourite tutor at ULaw is my tort lecturer, Christine. She is one of the most vibrant tutors I have ever met and she’s making Tort feel easy, even when I know it’s a difficult subject. She has a great sense of humour and just makes it flow.
My career ambition is to become a barrister. I would like to finish my LLB, complete pupillage, and eventually become a barrister. I am so glad that I have come to ULaw achieve my ambitions.