Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons)
I learnt the importance of independent study mixed with the various group study exercises that enabled me to learn and hone my research and talking skills in public.
Syed Ali - Choosing a January start
My course and university experience
Hi, my name is Syed Ali. I wanted to tell you all about my university experience and my course, so here goes!
Everyone’s university experience is bound to be different. The first step towards experiencing a trailer of a practical life starts from here, a major transition from high-school to a whole new campus-based journey. To pursue law as my career I chose Hertfordshire law School specifically because I was also looking for a complete campus-based teaching experience where I could explore more opportunities and an in-depth practical experience. I’ve had an enjoyable time. However, like many other students, I missed home far more than I expected. It was initially difficult but eventually I learned to be a lot more independent. Despite this, I managed to overcome these issues. I got involved in different activities and societies, this enabled me to socialize more and participate actively in them, and now it has become part of a daily routine to participate in their activities and attend certain events/meetups.
Choosing a January start
It feels different starting your academic year with the start of the calendar year, frankly I have always preferred that this is how it should be. The induction process is quick and January intake is more of a fast-paced structure where you get to taste all the facilities, activities and programmes. The studies and curriculum work exactly the same way as the September intake, the opportunities are the same and the fun fact is that in January there are a lot of student union activities that happen and fairs plus, all the societies are arranging events where you get to take part and experience different cultural activities, with this you make your own January intake family and the events that happen in this time are all inclusive mostly of January intake students. Starting in January still meant I could experience campus life, especially at the beginning where it all happens in a short period of time!
After your semester B ends you end up meeting with your semester A (September intake) fellows, and it seems that both of the intakes are not that much different other than the dates of their induction and that is the best thing about this programme that you don’t feel left out or different than the September intake.
The practical road
Why did I choose Herts? It was an ideal choice as I wanted to have an in-depth hands on practical law school experience with all the opportunities that could be easily accessible. And that too in a campus-based environment. The course route is really fascinating, with the choice of module selection and the practical activities that happens along the way. The Hertfordshire pro bono law clinic is one of the best initiatives that has given me opportunities to work with a solicitor helping in ongoing cases and it gives you the hands on experience of meeting with clients and handling case files and shadowing legal advisors while being a student, it is type of a pro bono internship work experience that you get alongside your studies. I am also involved as a law clinic student advisor and street law presenter the role of which was to go to various academies and law fairs and give presentation on certain laws and legal awareness.
Currently I am in my final year, so far, I have taken part in various projects and activities that now the thought of me leaving this home at Herts saddens me. But the opportunities and the achievements that I have accomplished so far could not have been possible with the support of the teachers and the whole faculty. The lifetime friends and colleagues that I have made I am grateful for it. I love to learn new things, and as a student ambassador and education liaison officer I was provided with various opportunities to portray my potential in various event and you can get paid for the hours you work.
Outside of my studies, I have also explored the nearby areas of Hatfield, it is a small university town (a term I use) as you’ll see majority of Herts students living and roaming around with familiar faces. Everything is in walking distance from both college lane and de Havilland campus with 25 min train from Hatfield station to London kings cross it feels more of like a university sitting in the outskirts of London. The parks around Hatfield are really scenic, you can cycle around and enjoy the atmosphere.
So far, the experience was really good! But wait don’t think that this was it, because when they say Home at Herts, they actually mean it. In this time of pandemic, the university did not leave its family alone, there are various virtual programs that are still going on and organizing virtual activities weekly so that the students would remain active and motivated. Online lectures have been really helpful with the tutors also providing one-one guidance and support sessions in place as well. In order to engage the students, the online programmes in place are working brilliantly which is inspiring.
If anyone is thinking of applying to university, here are some tips. Number one; make sure that you have a strong personal statement that reflects your true passion and honest insight about the subject you have applied for in order to set your application apart from other applicants. Secondly; there can be pressure to apply to certain universities, but you need to go for the one where you’ll enjoy the most and get the most experience out of it. I believe this is one of the best decisions that I have made so far and I can see an excellent outcome in near future.
Nicole-Therese - Things you should know
Things you need to know before studying Law at university
The first thing that you need to know before you attempt to study Law at university is that there needs to be a lot of hard work and commitment on your part.
Studying Law is not an easy task so you need to make sure you set your priorities straight. You cannot afford to lose focus so make sure you put in a lot of work and you will always be successful.
Ask questions/ Be willing to seek advice or help
If there is anything that you do not understand or you need clarification on, make sure that you make this known to your lecturers or tutors. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek help. There is a lot of support available to Law students so make sure that you utilise this. Make sure to use all resources available to you, for example, drop-in sessions which take place during the week.
Get involved / participate in extra-curricular activities
As a law student, it is imperative for you to participate in co-curricular activities. Not only are these activities super fun and enlightening they boost your cv and make you stand out to a future employer. In my opinion, they also give you a sense of reality; a glimpse of what it may be like when you’re out in the real world actually practising Law.
Do a significant amount of research on the modules you may decide to choose in your second and third year of University.
In our second and third year, we have the option to choose certain modules we would prefer to study. Make sure that you know what those modules would entail and you are sure that it is something that you are interested in.
Managing your time well
It is so important to be proficient at time management while at university. There is a lot of content to learn every week and most of the course consists of independent study. I understand that many people engage in part-time work while at university so it’s important that you have a daily planner or some system that is organised to make sure you don’t fall behind on your academic work.
Attend as many seminars/ Workshops as you can
There are often very informative workshop sessions on various topics and issues for example “how to find work opportunities” or “UK immigration & post-study work: what are your rights?” – this one was really helpful to me as I’m an international student. There are also loads of networking events where you could meet potential employers and mingle with people who could give you an insight of what life after university could be like.
Nicole-Therese - Guide to law facilities
Guide to the law facilities
The de Havilland Campus situated at the crossroads of A1001 and A1087 in Hatfield Business Park is where everything relating to Law takes place.
There’s a separate building opposite the building where the Learning Resource Centre is situated called the Law Court Building. This Building is where a vast majority of my classes take place and where the mock Courtroom is located.
The Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
In the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), we have a whole sector just for Law textbooks and resources. Law requires a lot of reading, so this is essential while studying Law at university.
There are computers on each floor which you could use as well as laptops you can borrow, take home and use. There are quiet rooms as well to accommodate students who find it difficult to focus in a busy environment. There are also rooms where students can meet up to conduct group meetings for group assignments/ projects.
The online library is very important for Law students and arguably the most useful resource while studying Law. You can search for things like textbooks, journal articles and eBooks. The online library also shows you what textbooks are available in hard copy at the LRC. There are also tools for legal database research available like Westlaw, Lexis Nexis and practical Law. There are also training sessions on how to use these resources.
The University has a £10 million Law Court building containing a full-scale courtroom which was voted the eight most impressive law school building in the world.
There are also Law Report books in the courtroom. I have also been to the courtroom for an important webinar and a domestic abuse training conference which took place there.
Career Hub / Hutton hub
The careers and employment service are on hand to help you on your way to future success in Law. There are people available to advise you on your cv layout, cover letters etc. They even provide training on how to ace a job interview.
Meet Skye Bramley, winner of a Judges & High Sheriffs’ Scholarship and Law Clinic volunteer, who is pursuing a career in insurance.Read more stories Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons)
|Current job role||Underwriting Team at HDI Global|
|Year of graduation||2021|
|Course of study||LLB (Hons)|
University opportunities and experiences
Skye was the lucky recipient of a Judges and High Sheriffs’ Scholarship, which is generously funded by supporters of the Hertfordshire Law School and awarded to a high performing part-time undergraduate law student to support them throughout their studies.
Skye says, 'Winning the Judges and High Sheriffs’ Scholarship has not only boosted my confidence and motivation during my studies but it has also been hugely beneficial to me in securing a graduate job as it was a key focus point on my CV during interviews.'
As a student with dyslexia, Skye received extra support from the University, she says, 'I felt very supported by Herts. I received extra time in my exams which was particularly helpful and I had a study needs agreement which allowed me to access extra services from the Dean of Students or through staff in the Law School at any time.
I found learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic particularly challenging and I was able to use some of my scholarship funding to explore different software and technology options that helped improve my learning environment. However, I also found that by adapting the way I worked I gained new skills which I can now use in the workplace to work from home.'
Skye’s favourite memory of Herts stems from her experience volunteering at the Hertfordshire Law Clinic, a service which operates in conjunction with leading local law firms to improve access to justice by providing free legal advice to the local community. Skye says, 'I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Law Clinic assistant, I was very privileged to have taken part in this initiative'.
Herts was always Skye’s first choice of university. She says, 'I immediately felt welcome at the open day, and I felt a powerful sense of community at Herts. I knew immediately I would be incredibly happy here, which is why it was my first choice on my UCAS application.'
Aspirations for the future
Skye has secured a graduate job at a leading global insurance company, HDI Global, within the liability underwriting team. She says, 'It has been such a wonderful experience, and I would definitely recommend a career in insurance for anyone with a law degree who is unsure whether the legal industry is definitely for them, but who would still like to do something relating to their degree.
My aspirations for the future would be to pursue a career in insurance. I am open to both the underwriting and broking side of insurance. During my time at HDI I have already learnt so much and am getting involved in different lines of business. I am looking forward to developing and learning more about the industry.'
To find out more about supporting Herts students through scholarships and prizes please contact the Development team.
Meet ambitious Brieanna who overcame personal challenges to win a Twanieka Alcindor prize and secure herself a graduate job with a Silver Circle law firm.Read more stories Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons)
|Current job role||Technical Analyst at a Silver Circle law firm|
|Year of graduation||2022|
|Course of study||Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons)|
Empowered by the Twanieka Alcindor prize
Ambitious law graduate Brieanna was delighted to win a graduation prize donated by fellow Herts alumna and successful barrister Twanieka Alcindor (LLB, 2010).
Brieanna says, ‘I am neurodiverse, and a lot of people have doubted my ability because of this. The last four years have been very tough for me both personally and academically, but despite the rocky start, I am now well on my way to achieving my goals. Receiving this prize in recognition of my studies has helped me to prove that with hard work and the right support you can overcome any barriers.’
‘It’s brilliant having a role model like Twanieka. She understands the nuances of the journey into law as a black woman. It felt very empowering to win this prize, a feeling I will definitely hold onto. I am truly grateful, and I will endeavour to pay forward Twanieka’s generosity.’
Brieanna’s enterprising student experience
‘I was the first in my family to go to university and I really enjoyed my experience, especially the networking opportunities, support I received, and meeting some wonderful people who have helped me a lot on my journey.’
‘My standout memory was attending the ‘zero to start-up’ event hosted in partnership with Foundervine. This is where I met my first mentor and had my first exposure to the start-up world. This is something that has definitely given me an edge in securing opportunities. The Enterprise Hub on campus drew me towards studying at Herts. The events held here are a great way to develop your commercial awareness and give you the necessary skills to succeed as an entrepreneur.’
‘Herts has amazing staff who really go above and beyond to make the course material really engaging. There is also a lot of variety in module choices which gives you the freedom to tailor your degree to your interests. I am passionate about tech and business, and I was really impressed with the range of modules available as I hadn't seen this being offered on other LLB courses. I took part in street law, legal technology, and innovation and design. These co-curricular activities have stood out on my CV’.
‘I was also fortunate enough to be a part of the Browne Jacobson’s REACH mentoring programme, which allowed me to gain some paid legal work experience and be mentored by a partner at the firm.’
A career in legal technology
Brieanna is a budding entrepreneur and sees the potential of using technology in the legal sector.
‘I am currently working as a technical analyst in the Enterprise Architecture team at a Silver Circle law firm. I’m assisting the firm with its transition into the cloud. I am wearing many hats but really enjoying it as I am learning a lot about the legal practice and tech at the same time. This experience is invaluable to my career.
This is a rare opportunity for a graduate, especially one in law, but the skills and network I have been able to develop whilst studying at Herts have really helped me to secure this amazing job opportunity.’
‘I have always wanted to be an entrepreneurial solicitor and my experiences to date have given me insights into the potential for technology to disrupt the legal sector. But in the short term I am keen to understand the challenges that law firms are facing when it comes to adopting new technology from both a technical and legal perspective.’
If you have been inspired by Brieanna’s story and want to find out more about supporting Herts students through scholarships and prizes please contact the Development team.