What course did you study?
LLB Law 

What year did you graduate?
2020

I undertook a placement year at The Walt Disney Company in London, and it was the best thing I have ever done.

Olivia Lloyd headshot

 

Why did you choose Aston University?

I chose Aston University because I wanted to attend a campus-based university which was in a thriving city. The opportunity to do a placement year really appealed to me. This made Aston more attractive than other universities as I knew this would be an opportunity to develop my commercial awareness and practical skills during my degree.

What did you enjoy about your course?

Aston Law School offer an open-door policy which allows students to voice any concerns in person whenever they need to. This made me feel like I was a part of a team.

The lecturers are so welcoming and put their all into helping you achieve your ambitions. You can also select modules based on your interests. The law faculty are proactive and always bring in lawyers from top law firms to run workshops and give talks – they connect studying with practicing and prepare us to enter jobs.

What else did you get involved in while you were here?

I was the Events Manager of the law society – organised pizza nights, meet and greets and a trip to Manchester law fair.

I also got involved with cheerleading and competed in 5 national competitions, without any prior experience.

I attended the Aston University Society and Club balls each year which are nice events where you can get dressed up.

I was also selected to attend a Question Time event at Jones Day London Office as well as the Legal Aid Practitioners Annual Conference 2019.

What did you like about living in Birmingham?

So many things… so much to do - shopping, visiting parks, great nightlife, restaurants, outdoor markets, concert venues nearby and easy links to everywhere in the UK from Grand Central.

It is a small homey campus in a big built-up city! There are also a lot of professional events that you can attend on your doorstep. For instance, I attended an insight evening at Pinsent Masons which is only around a 10-minute walk from campus.

It is great for a law student too as the Birmingham Crown Court is a 2-minute walk from campus.

What are your career ambitions for the future?

My dream is to become a solicitor. I am not 100% sure which area I would like to specialise in, but I have really enjoyed employment law, commercial law and contract law at university.

What is special about Aston University?

Aston is special because it offers a placement year. A placement year allows students to develop the skills they need in the real world but at an earlier stage, giving them an advantage in future applications.

I undertook a placement year at The Walt Disney Company in London, and it was the best thing I have ever done.

Aston really is like one big family and you cannot walk across campus without seeing someone you know!

What advice would you give to current Aston students?

Take every opportunity that the university offers. Aston has great links with several businesses and law firms, and it is always good to show your face at events and network with different people. And join a club or society! It will be the best decision you ever make.

How would you sum up your time at Aston in one word?

Any one of these words - Amazing, invaluable, fun, fulfilling!