What motivated you to pursue postgraduate study?
This was the final step in terms of studying in order to achieve my goal of becoming a solicitor. I chose the LLM route of the LPC so I could have a more specialised understanding of employment law and the opportunity to conduct independent research.
What were you doing before applying for a postgraduate degree?
I completed my GDL at City in order to be able to pursue a career in law, having done a degree in Philosophy before that.
Were there any challenges affecting your decision to study a postgraduate degree? If so, how did you overcome them?
I was worried about funding the course. However, doing the LLM route of the LPC allowed me to qualify for a postgraduate student loan which was very helpful and made funding the course much easier for me.
Why did you choose City?
I had a good experience at City for my GDL and so decided to stay for my LPC. The City Law School has a great reputation which made me choose City in the first place.
How are you funding your studies – did you secure any financial support?
I got the master’s loan from Student Finance.
What does a typical week at university look like for you?
I usually have at least one lecture and one workshop every day. Some days are busier than others and I get one weekday off. I prepare for workshops a week before they are held as they usually relate to the previous week's lecture.
I treat it like a 9-5 job. I am also part of the City pro-bono clinic which takes place once a month, so I fit that in alongside my coursework. I spend my day off consolidating and catching up on work and use my weekends to rest.
What has been your favourite module or aspect of your course so far?
I have really enjoyed the skills modules - some of these were assessed orally such as advocacy and interviewing and advising.
My favourite module was employment law, which is the area I want to specialise in. It was reassuring to know that it is a module I enjoyed and understand well.
What knowledge and skills has your course helped you develop?
I have learnt practical skills, especially a lot of drafting. I have also learnt a lot about professional conduct - how to behave in a law firm.
There were a lot of life skills learnt such as calculating taxes, reading and drafting contracts, and even overseeing a whole freehold transaction which will come in handy when I buy my own house one day.
What opportunities and experiences has City offered you so far?
I was offered a mentor by applying to a mentorship scheme for which I was successful. The City Law School regularly emails opportunities such as paralegal positions, vacation schemes and training contracts. As an LPC student, I have access to the City Training Contract Advisory Service for training contract advice and application support. I was also able to take part in pro-bono work. There were virtual networking events throughout the year.
What are your career plans and how has City prepared you for them?
I plan to be a solicitor. The LPC will allow me to be in a position to start a training contract. City has given me the confidence to begin work as a trainee.
What advice would you give to someone considering a postgraduate degree?
Go for it! It will be hard work, but it is a great way to prepare yourself for a career, get confidence and specialise in an area you are interested in even further.