Cristina DeSouzaLaw LLB (Hons)
Cristina is a 3rd year Law LLB student and City Lawbore Student Journalist, writing about academic and political events at City.
Why did you choose to study the LLB?
A-Level Law was my favourite subject, which involved debating legal and ethical issues. Also, from speaking to university LLB representatives and lecturers, I was aware about the demands of the reading lists. These two reasons were the impetus for me to study the LLB.
Why did you choose The City Law School?
While researching law schools, I came across a website called Lawbore, which had a vast amount of academic and career-related resources dedicated to law students. Another reason is the LLB course at City offers many choices of electives in second and third year and encourages independent research.
What makes City unique?
City attracts people from many different backgrounds where I have made friends with people from all over the world.
Did you take part in any extracurricular activities?
I am a Lawbore Student Journalist, where I have had valuable opportunities in attending and writing reviews of academic and political events held at City. I have also been involved in legal design events and sprints and have competed in the City Scholars Moot, an internal City Moot competition.
I am a Widening Participation Maths Tutor, where I go to schools and tutor Maths to a small group of students.
How has studying the LLB helped you to take the next steps in your career?
Studying the LLB has been an exciting, although at times, challenging experience. It has solidified my decision to pursue a career as a solicitor. The skills I have gained, including thinking laterally and creatively, will help in my vacation scheme and training contract applications.
What do you enjoy most about studying in London?
There is always something to do in London! Whether to have a coffee with my friends in Exmouth Market, pop into the British Library or visit the Palace of Westminster – London has many gems to explore.
What advice or tips would you give to future LLB students?
Ask as many questions as you can – this is your golden opportunity. A question may sound silly in a lecture or a tutorial group but it will keep you from wondering in an exam.
Always aim to stay on top of your work. I have used a diary and my calendar on my phone throughout my degree which has helped me keep track of assignments, reading lists and lectures/tutorials.