What course did you study?
LLB Law 

What year did you graduate?
2018 

I knew that completing a Law degree at Aston would give me the opportunity to obtain a year in industry, which would therefore provide me with real commercial experience that employers so desire.

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Why did you choose to study Law at Aston?

I chose to study Law at Aston University because I liked the atmosphere that the University had. From attending the open days I quickly got the impression that the Law staff took a genuine interest into their students and were fully supportive of them. I liked the idea that the Law school was expanding but was not too big that support would not be close to hand if so required.

What was your biggest achievement whilst at Aston?

Un-academically, my biggest achievement since I have been a student at Aston is securing my placement year at Browne Jacobson LLP, as a Paralegal and fee earner. Or, attending Birmingham Crown Court to shadow Judge Francis Laird QC as a court marshall, following his talk at Aston.

Academically speaking, my biggest achievement since I have been at Aston university would be obtaining 69.13% for my second year of university whilst also being involved in extra curricular activities such as being a Course Representative.

How do you think your placement year prepared you for your final year of university?

I completed my placement year at Browne Jacobson LLP as a Paralegal and fee earner.

During my time at Browne Jacobson I learned that I am more than suitable for a career within legal practice, be that as a Solicitor or Barrister. I have developed a key understanding of the firm, clients and the sector due to my placement year and I now have the drive to learn more about the law.

At the beginning of my role, I had felt intimidated by those with more experience than myself and wondered if I would ever understand the procedural side to the law in the same manner that they did, without a completed degree or LPC/BPTC. Looking back now, I was completely at error in my judgement.

I can now confidently say that I fully understand the stages of a civil law claim and the timings of procedural directions along with complex legal issues. My placement year has built upon my prior knowledge from my studies and I believe that I am now in a strong position to excel in my final year of studies as a result.

What appealed to you about completing a Law degree within a business school, as opposed to a straight Law school?

Completing a law degree in a business school as opposed to a straight Law school appealed to me greatly. I am a strong believer that employers no longer just expect candidates to have an excellent academic background but they also expect you to possess real experience within the industry also.

I knew that completing a Law degree at Aston would give me the opportunity to obtain a year in industry, which would therefore provide me with real commercial experience that employers so desire. As a result, I knew I would be at a significant advantage of obtaining a graduate job.