Hannah is currently a first year LLB Law student in the School of Law.
Why did you choose your degree?
When I picked my degree, I considered which skills I wanted to attain or build on for my personal development and social science degrees are incredibly versatile. Law in particular equips you with essential skills in advocacy, research and critical analysis, as well as increasing your employability by giving you commercial awareness. So, despite Law not being my strongest subject at A level, I pursued it as my degree choice because I knew it would always be engaging and rewarding to study. The quality of the Law school also contributed as a huge reason to why I picked an LLB, the academics that lead my lectures (such as Iyiola Solanke and Nick Taylor) truly inspire my love for the subject by providing excellent teaching. There’s also the Law schools’ Employability and Placements team who have always supported me in whatever opportunities I am aspiring for. It was also very important to me that the Law school engaged with the local community – the University of Leeds does that brilliantly, through them I have been able to volunteer in local schools and community centres. Overall, I choose my degree because I had genuine passion for my subject and knew it would enhance my employability and open up many career paths.
What have you found most challenging about university?
I think the most challenging part of university has been self organisation and time management. This is both in relation to work and general day-to-day student life. However, the Uni offers so much advice and sources of support, including from a personal tutor.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Leeds?
As a member of the prestigious Pathways to Law programme here at the University of Leeds, I already had some insight into the campus and the course. Leeds is a Russell Group university, and the professors produce so much incredible research, alongside offering interesting and varied modules which make up the degree content. The academic side to the university is well balanced, with a buzzing social scene and many diverse societies and an amazing Student Union.
How is studying at university different to school and college?
Studying at university means being responsible for yourself and your learning. For example: planning your time, watching your lectures, completing activities and reading, and asking for support if you are struggling with content. You’re not in one place five days a week and lectures and seminars are different to school lessons too. You make your own notes and learn by yourself, then meet in groups to discuss the content you’ve learned and discuss ideas – I’ve found this to be a great way to learn.
Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities?
I am currently involved in the Law Society, Film Society and Debate Society. These have been great to meet new people and spend free time doing something special and different.
What are your top tips for applying for University?
When applying for university, be open minded and don’t be afraid to go for the one that you feel is a great fit. Learn about different universities and consider all the aspects: course content, teaching style, campus etc. Don’t just follow your friends – university is all about new experiences and new people!
Where do you see yourself after university and how will your degree/university experience help you with that?
After completing my law degree at University I see myself entering the legal profession, specialising in an area that I have realised I am most passionate about by the end of the 3 years. I hope to make positive changes in the law and help people.
Sum up your university experience (so far!) in one sentence!
It’s like opening a door to a place full of brand new experiences, growth and fun!