Caitlin is currently a second year LLB Law student in the School of Law.
Why did you choose your degree?
I chose to do Law because I have had an interest in it since High School where I had a mentor who was a solicitor. I did Law at A-level and really enjoyed how it seemed to be a ‘mathematical English’ (if that makes sense to anyone other than me) where you have specific rules and methods to apply it but you still have that writing element. I enjoy looking at different legal contexts and seeing how the law has developed over time. Some modules are definitely more interesting than others context wise, but thinking about the different scenarios and how decisions were made in cases is really interesting to me. My interest in Law has only increased while I have been at Leeds and I am really glad I chose it as a degree.
What has been your favourite part of the course so far?
My favourite part of the course so far has been discovering a different perspective on things. The Law and Society module was really interesting in the way it highlighted new perspectives and considered issues in light of different theories. It is always nice to learn about legal issues that you are not aware of and consider what can be done to change it, even though sometimes there definitely is no right answer!
What have you found most challenging about university?
The most challenging aspect for me at university was meeting new people. As someone who commutes to the university, especially during Covid, it was really difficult to meet new people and communicate. Having in-person activities and seminars this year has really helped me to build new relationships and move outside of my comfort zone.
What did you study at school and/or college?
At GCSE, I chose Drama, Geography, Computer Science, Religious Studies and French as options. At A-level I chose Law, Politics and Religion and Philosophy and Ethics. I find all of these helpful in some way to my legal studies as it is such an interconnected degree. Drama really helped with public speaking and delivering presentations. Geography is really helpful in terms of looking at the relationship between people and considering environmental structures. RS is also really useful as it made me much more aware of different views and perspectives, as well as giving my analytical thinking a good basis. Politics is inherently linked to law, so I have found it to be a huge help. I loved doing Politics as it is so grounded in every day life and allows you to consider things in a completely different way.
Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities?
Joining societies is such a helpful way of engaging in activities and subject societies, like the Law Society, can also be really informative. I took part in the Street Law volunteering programme (a community engagement scheme where university students deliver law based workshops to school pupils, which was incredibly rewarding to do. I have also taken part in the mentoring scheme, which was an amazing experience. I developed a really good relationship with my mentor and still email her occasional updates. I cannot recommend this enough!
What do you do in your spare time?
I have two part time jobs. The Ambassador role is something which I really enjoy doing. It is so helpful that I am able to fit the work around my studies and help inform people about life at university. I also work at a local club. My hobbies include reading, baking and walking my dog, Parker! I am also a huge Marvel fan and often spend time with my family.
What are your experiences of accommodation at university?
I lived at home during university. This was the best option for me but might not be for everyone. I really enjoy living at home and having the close support of my family. I feel very much like I have a life outside of university as when I finish work, I can put it all away and live as I usually would with my family. Although it did made meeting new people difficult, participating in seminars and societies has made it much easier.
What are your top tips for applying for University?
Extra-curriculars are really useful for applying to university but also in the future. Having something that makes you stand out can be really helpful. This can be anything and you can talk about what skills you gained from that. Activities such as volunteering or part-time work, no matter where it is, is an amazing thing to help you develop as a person and is always relevant to applications. I would also say not to compare yourself to others. You do not need to be doing more or doing better than everyone else, just be yourself! There is always something to talk about.
Where do you see yourself after university and how will your degree/university experience help you with that?
Hopefully, I see myself becoming a solicitor at a firm which I am passionate about working at. My experiences at university and the personal development that comes with it will help as it will make me a well-rounded and informed applicant.
Sum up your university experience (so far!) in one sentence!
All round character development.