During the summer break, Christianah Babajide, one of Lawbore’s legal journalists, caught up with City University Law Graduate- from the class of 2016- and aspiring solicitor— Miss Anjeli Jaiswal.
Law School isn’t for everyone. It is not uncommon to see a flock of law graduates turn to the Student Room to complain about how much university life sucked.
But not this former law student— who has only just graduated—and is missing her university already!
During the interview, Anjeli reminisced about the good times spent at City and talks about the challenges she faced during her three-year law degree.
How do you feel to have graduated from City?
Mixed emotions. I’m over the moon to have graduated with a good 2:1 in Law LLB at one of the most prestigious universities in London. However, graduate blues have kicked in and I’m slowly missing everything about City University; all the memories made with my friends, the socials, the lectures, – even the long all-nighters in the library with my big books! I’m sad I won’t see some of my friends as often as I did at City as they are international students, but I’m happy to know the friends I’ve made are friends for life. I feel scared because I’m coming out of the ‘full-time education’ routine I’ve been in since I was 4 years old, but it’s also a good feeling because I’m excited for the next stage in my life.
What was the biggest challenge you faced?
My main challenge was adapting to the student life. In my first-year, I was not prepared for the chunky reading lists, critical thinking and case laws. I found it challenging adapting to the amount of reading that was required for me as a law student. No matter how much you read, it is not enough as there is always a disapproving opinion on the judgement.
How did you overcome these challenges?
By managing my reading lists and asking for advice on books rather than stressing myself with too many academic opinions. I made schedules for myself on a seven-day planner and listed out all the relevant readings to do by the end of the week. This helped me get organised quickly.
With the LLB, I have come to realise, the easier the module the more interesting it becomes and the only way you will find something easy is if you read it in such a way it makes sense. Once the main concepts start to make sense, even Land Law can be your best friend!
What do you plan to do now that you have graduated?
The question every graduate hates to answer. My plan for the next year is to find myself a job as a paralegal in commercial law for a year, whilst simultaneously applying for vacation schemes and training contracts at city firms. I want to move around in different areas of law and find the one that interests me the most because learning it at university is completely different to practice. I understand it is hard to find a position as a paralegal job as most law firms prefers candidates with Masters or LPCs over those with law degrees, but it’s not impossible! I intend on pushing myself as much as I can to pursue my goals as a graduate stepping into the big world of lawyers.
Will you be doing some volunteering this summer?
I have decided to volunteer at my local Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) because I want to give something back to society.
As Khalil Gibran once said, “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is a joy.” – service is happiness.
Whatever I do in the near future, I want to be happy.
With the benefit of hindsight, was the LLB course worth it?
Undoubtedly. I have accomplished everything I intended to and have graduated with no regrets. I’m happy to see all the hard work I put in has finally paid off. My parents are proud of the person I am today.
Anjeli’s top tips for success:
1. Try to keep on top of the reading.
2. Get involved in non-law activities. (For me it was Cheerleading)
3. Don’t leave things last minute.
4. Do not rely on the smartest kid’s notes because 90% of their knowledge will be in their brain and the 10% on the paper you’re using – ergo no help for you.
Anjeli Jaiswal graduated with a 2.1 from the City Law School.
She was the Social Media Senior Editor of City University’s Law Society. She aspires to become a commercial solicitor working at a magic-circle law firm.
She was also active in Central City All-stars Cheerleading Society and has received many awards for her role in the society. Anjeli will be starting her LPC at BPP Law School in September.