Emma Cawthorne studied the part-time weekend LPC at The University of Law while working during the week at a law firm. Now a trainee solicitor, Emma’s enthusiastic about having the chance to help people while putting her brain to good use. Here’s more from Emma to kick off our special alumni week to celebrate the launch of our new alumni platform.
I did the part-time weekend LPC, and had done a lot of research into different course providers before I enrolled. The University of Law had always been at the forefront of my mind; I’d met them a few times at university law firms and had, rightly, got the impression that ULaw would be a very professional and fun place to study.
Part-time study suited my circumstances perfectly. I worked in a law firm during the week and looked forward to my weekends at ULaw. There was quite a lot of work to do during the week, but that helped to make each weekend worthwhile. We covered lots of areas within a short timeframe and I always came away feeling that I had learned a lot.
The weekend classes were fairly small, with a focus on group discussions rather than lecture-style lessons. Each day was well-structured with clear aims and tasks, so everything was easy to follow. If I did struggle with a particular topic, the approachable tutors always made time to speak with me.
I’m currently a trainee solicitor at Hudgell Solicitors in Hull. I work in the medical negligence department and I enjoy really varied days at work – drafting witness statements, engaging with clients and observing hearings are just some of the things I get up to.
I always wanted an intellectually stimulating career where I could help people. Law can make a huge difference to people’s lives. Some of my clients have been through a really rough time and it’s so rewarding when I can secure a favourable outcome for them.
Law is a solid degree, whatever career path you choose to take after graduation. Studying law didn’t just teach me about the law itself; I also gained self-discipline and time management skills.
The best piece of advice I can give to aspiring lawyers is to never give up. There’s a lot of preparation involved in the LPC, but once you start the course you quickly appreciate why this is necessary. Hard work always pays off. It will all be worth it in the end.
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