Today is a day for a little question and answer post- it’ll be legal focused so that you learn a bit about me, my career aspirations and how I get through my degree!
- Why did you choose to study law? It’s a funny story really- I didn’t apply to uni to study law. I applied to study social work, went through interviews and was overjoyed to be given an offer. After a few weeks I got over the joy of having an offer and I knew that a degree in social work wasn’t right for me. I had a few months of panicking- I said that I wasn’t ever going to university, I didn’t want to continue studying and I was going to go straight into a job. However, once I’d gotten over my panicking and gone back to reality, I knew that uni was where I wanted to be- I love to learn, and stepping straight into the world of work wouldn’t allow me to do that. So I sat back and thought about it. I thought about what elements of social work appealed to me, and what aspects of it I didn’t like. It was then that I decided that I wanted to study law. Having known all my life that I wanted to work with families and children, but unsure of how I wanted to do that, law was finally something that I liked the sound of. So I went through clearing on results day, I got into my first choice uni and I swapped onto the Law degree. Here I am two years later!
- Law is a difficult degree, how do you get through it? Firstly, time management is so important! I spend my days Monday to Friday in the library 8am-6pm (apart from lectures and seminars), so that any work, extra reading, etc that needs doing is done. It then gives me the evenings to chill with my housemates and spend time doing other things! Don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t always work out like this, but most of the time it is a good way to work! Also, some days are difficult and some days I have no motivation (and that’s okay!!). On these days, I put legally blonde on, and I’m reminded of why I love what I do, and it motivates me again! (cliche, I know, but true!)
- What’s your biggest piece of advice for anyone studying a law degree? Make the most of it and take every opportunity! The opportunities offered at uni are ones that you won’t have at any other time in your career. Make the most of the networking opportunities, keep in contact with the people that you get to know, and just get involved!
- Why did you decide to start blogging? I always wanted to blog, but never really knew what to blog about. At the end of first year, we had to do a moot as part of our assessment and I remember everyone being very stressed about it. I completed it, also stressed but I remember feeling that it went very well. It was then that BloggingMyWayThroughTheLLB was formed. I wrote down my mooting tips. I didn’t post it anywhere to start with, but then I started to get compliments on my mooting, and people were asking for advice. I bit the bullet and I posted it, and I haven’t looked back since! I love writing- whether it’s giving others an insight into my life as a student, giving people at the same stage as me a bit of advice and encouragement, or undertaking research to write something more academic. I love it all.
- Why do you want to be a barrister rather than a solicitor? I’m a practical kind of girl. Everything I do is hands on, busy and interactive. It is for that reason that I chose to be a barrister rather than a solicitor as I want to be busy and doing things all the time. I crave the madness that inevitably comes with a career at the bar. I have undertaken work experience with barristers and solicitors and found that I much preferred my experience with barristers. I also love the adrenaline that I get when standing in court and presenting an argument. I genuinely get excited for mooting competitions. The legal profession (barrister or solicitor) requires so much hard work but I genuinely love it.
That’s it from me, a few short but sweet questions to give you a little insight into my legal studies and journey!
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