Meet a final year Law student

Laiyba is an Law LLB student, who decided to try something new during lockdown – knitting!


A little about me

Knitting

Due to coronavirus, I had the time to try something which I never thought I would go for, knitting! I spent time learning from my family and YouTube, and am surprised at how quickly I picked it up (maybe it runs in the family from my grandma). It was a little confusing at the start but now I am more confident. 

My course

I am studying Law and I am about to go into my 3rd year. Today, I will give you some insight about this course through my intense yet fantastic experience.

Themis the Goddess of Justice

The degree subject Law LLB covers all aspects of general Law such as Family Law, Criminal Law, Contract Law etc.

This is excellent because most firm specialises in one sector of the Law, but it may include other areas as well, for example Slaughter and May specialises in commercial law however it does have sectors of Media and Telecom.

This was beneficial to me as it allowed me to discover what type of Law I was interested in and which did not appeal to me.  

The modules and assessment

One of my favourite modules throughout these two years was immigration law because it had very compelling cases and encouraged me to pursue a career as an immigration lawyer. But all the modules I have done has been interesting because they all offer a different form of assessments type, for example for Contemporary Issue of the EU the whole assessment was coursework based whereas Trust Law was all examined based.  

In my 2nd year for my 2nd term, due to Covid-19, the university took the measures to change the assessment type to all coursework based and focused on 2 modules rather than 4.

This was beneficial for me because it allowed me the flexibility to manage my education and be able to submit my work with satisfaction.  Thus, I have been offered a wide range of different modules for 3rd year, which means I can choose what engages my attention.  

My student experiences

One of my experience is that I have lived out in students’ halls, where I gained great experiences by meeting a wide diversity of new people with different backgrounds.

I also built wonderful friendships through student halls and university campus. Although, at the start it was over-whelming because of the whole new environment and space, the university was very welcoming with its Fresher Fairs and students’ halls with their support.

It is one of my best experiences because I lived independently, and I learned more about myself and gained new skills such as money and time management. 

Furthermore, I was part of the City Buddy scheme, where I was a mentor for 1st-year law students and helped them settle into university life. It was a vibrant experience as I met students with interesting stories and backgrounds. I connected with them on a level where I cared for them academically and emotionally. Also, I wanted to be part of this scheme as I knew how over-whelming 1st year can be. Therefore, I wanted to be there for these students and help them feel comfortable at university.  

Finally, I have also been part of City internal mooting, which was a great opportunity because it helped develop my legal resources skills. Also, it helped me greatly with my confidence as I had to present the arguments in front of the judge. Thus, it was an exciting and competitive atmosphere which made me focus on my arguments.  

Key skills you need for a Law degree

1. Essay writing

Once I started my Law degree, I realised that to succeed in your examinations, you need good essay writing skills. This skill focuses upon the understanding of how to have a clear structure to your answer with the right English grammar.  

2. Reading

Reading is another important skill for a Law degree because, in order to have an excellent quality of work, you must read outside of what your professors are teaching you. You will have a look at different articles and cases then include it into your own work. 

3. Resilience

Resilience can come in different forms. For example, as a student, you might make a mistake before the deadline. That is okay because we all make mistakes. But you need the power to push through those tough times by organisational skills and time management.

Also, learn from mistakes as it will make you grow as a person!


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Read more about Laiyba and her experience studying with Dyslexia.

Find out about other Law students: Anas’s law degree experience, Emily’s law degree experience, and how to boost your personal statement for law courses.

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