Pearls is currently a second year LLB Law student in the School of Law.
Why did you choose your degree?
I chose to study law because I wanted to study a subject that best combined my interests in politics, society and philosophy. The law is all around us – every time you buy something from a shop, a contract is formed, every time you download music on Spotify, you are agreeing to a licence etc. Law is all-encompassing. It is also ever-changing, and that is what makes it so exciting to learn more about it.
What has been your favourite part of the course so far?
My favourite part of the course has been studying constitutional law. This is because as the most politically-focused subject, I felt very much in my element! It was fun to hear more detailed and academically focused debates on the issues that still concern the UK parliament today – particularly the relationship between the individual and the state, and the powers of the different branches of government.
Have you chosen a Study Abroad or Industry Placement year?
I recently was successful in gaining an internship at The Walt Disney Company in London. I will be working as an intern in the company’s Contract Management Centre.
How is studying at university different to school and college?
University is very much about growing to become an independent thinker and learner. No one is going to chase you up if you forget to do the extra reading, or if you do not do the seminar preparation. The onus is on you to do what you need to do to graduate with good honours.
Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities?
I co-founded the Leeds branch of the 93% Club Leeds, and am the current Education Outreach Officer. I am also the current UG Law School Representative at the Leeds University Union. In my spare time, I enjoy going to beginners ballet and taekwondo classes.
What are your top tips for applying for University?
Do not base your decision on where to apply to university solely on league tables. Just because an institution ranks well for your subject, does not mean that it will meet all of your expectations in all other aspects of your uni life. Remember, you will be living in that university’s city for 3-5 years, so try to make sure that you will enjoy your time there.
Where do you see yourself after university and how will your degree/university experience help you with that?
I’m hoping to qualify as a solicitor. My experience so far has helped me to gain the resilience and critical thinking skills needed in order to succeed in that goal.
Sum up your university experience (so far!) in one sentence!
A socially-distanced rollercoaster (in the best way)