Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) (Accelerated)
Studying law at Hertfordshire was a great decision. The teaching and facilities are fantastic and enabled me to fast track my legal career.
The programme is flexible and the lecturers were very supportive, giving me a lot of guidance throughout my two years. I had a fantastic experience.
Nicole-Therese - Week at a glance
My week at a glance
A typical week for me at the University of Hertfordshire starts on a Sunday. I am a Law student here at the university and my course consists of online lectures which I need to watch before going to each class. On Sundays, I listen to the relevant lectures that have been made available to me pertaining my upcoming classes. I listen to the lectures relevant to my class on Mondays and Wednesdays or all of them if I can, make notes and prepare any questions I would like to ask my lecturer during class.
I study five modules in total for my third year. I go into university approximately three times a week.
On Mondays, I start my day at 07:30 that way I can make some breakfast before I leave for my class which starts at 9:00. I live about eight minutes away from the University so it’s not too much of a hassle getting there on time. It is a two-hour class so by 11:00 I am done. We also have the option to go to drop-in classes for each module; these classes are just extra help for students who maybe need further clarification on certain topics. They get one on one time with lecturers and I think it is a great inclusion into our academic timetable. If I feel the need to attend any drop-in classes after my class, I would do so otherwise I would go to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC) and do some research on any upcoming assignments I have or listen to my lectures.
I follow the same routine stated above, on Wednesdays and Thursdays when I have my other classes. I try to make sure I stay up to date with all my online lectures and do my work on time. On Tuesdays, I also partake in an extra co-curricular activity called mock trials. It is important to get involved in as many co-curricular activities as you can. On Fridays, I go to work for an agency which recruits me to do temporary catering jobs. On Saturdays, I try my best to rest for the whole day and maybe watch a movie or visit friends. I try to make sure I take a break from my normal routine on Saturdays.
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.
Anand Beharrylal KC
Meet Anand Beharrylal KC. Anand has forged a successful career as a barrister and is now a King’s Counsel and Recorder of the Crown Court.Read more stories Bachelor of Laws LLB (Hons) (Accelerated)
|Current job role||Barrister (England and Wales), Attorney (Trinidad and Tobago), Recorder of the Crown Court (England and Wales)|
|Year of graduation||1996|
|Course of study||LLB Hons (Law Accelerated)|
Delivering career-ready graduates
Hertfordshire Law School has a strong reputation for delivering career-ready graduates and Anand Beharrylal KC is a perfect example of this. He has enjoyed a successful career since graduating from Herts in 1996. In 2018, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel (now King’s Counsel) by the late HM Queen Elizabeth II and in 2023, he was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court by HM King Charles III.
Anand says, ‘Herts provided one of the few opportunities to complete the LLB (Hons) degree in two years on the accelerated course, which was relatively new at the time. I always wanted to qualify as a barrister and this intensive degree course allowed me to complete the first stage of that task and gave me a better prospect of obtaining pupillage.’
Despite studying an intensive course, Anand says, ‘I made good friendships at Herts and had an excellent study group, which afforded time for some fun in between study periods.’
One of Anand’s favourite memories from his course was learning about the law of criminal procedure and the discussions they had on his course about the right to silence, adverse inferences and the sufficiency of evidence, and what it meant in the then modern era. Anand adds, ‘It was this that sparked my interest in criminal law, which showed me that whatever practice I might develop in the future, I wanted criminal law to be part of it.’
Anand has since come back to Herts to assist in mooting with full-time judges from St Albans Crown Court in the University’s fantastic mock courtroom, which didn’t exist when Anand studied at Herts. Anand says, ‘The mock courtroom was a fantastic addition for students, and it really distinguishes Hertfordshire Law School from other universities. It is also a great environment for testing whether advocacy is your forte.’
Anand has also attended employability events at Herts, and regularly provides advice and mentoring to students who aspire to become barristers.
Anand says, ‘I cannot overstate the value of obtaining an LLB (Hons) degree from Herts. It has enabled me to achieve the first step in my career at the Bar and equipped me with the necessary skills to start that career, both in pupillage and as a junior barrister in practice.
‘The best advice I can give is to consider carefully whether a career at the Bar is right for you, and research and speak to people like me who can help you in making that decision. If you decide to go to the Bar (or indeed any legal career) remain firm and committed to that course and do not get discouraged by anything or anyone. This for me is the best formula for success.’