How has your experience been of studying at the University of Law so far?
‘Despite studying at the university during a pandemic, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at The University of Law. During the first-half of the academic year, we were studying on campus and it was great to see the precautions that had been put into place by the university to ensure our safety. The university subsequently switched to remote learning at the end of November for the remainder of the semester. I was worried that online studying would hinder the experience, but the university communicated all of the changes well and allowed us to express our concerns where appropriate.‘
What kind of support has been made available to you during your time at the University?
‘The university provided thorough support in many areas, including wellbeing and employability. Specifically, they made it clear to us that their wellbeing service was available at all times if required. They held sessions for both mental and physical support, and ensured that the weekly newsletter which was emailed to the students included information regarding issues such as dealing with burnout, procrastinating less, finding time to yourself amidst studying, etc. I found these extremely helpful and I am grateful that the university considered such matters and provided relevant materials to help us with them.’
How has your time at the university helped you develop as a British Muslim leader?
‘When I began studying the Bar Practice Course LLM, I wanted to be able to develop the skills required to become a confident, knowledgeable advocate. I believe that my time at the university and studying this course has definitely helped me with that. It has allowed me to develop in many areas including, but not only limited to, advocacy. The modules contained within the course have improved my writing skills, and my pro bono work of representing real clients at a tribunal allowed me to practice what I learned. I now feel significantly more confident and capable in my ability to be a trusted advocate for those who require it.’
Have you been able to access any opportunities that have helped you prepare for a career in your chosen industry?
‘The careers team at The University of Law have been extremely helpful in providing assistance in checking our CVs and helping to advise us on the next steps after the completion of our degrees. Additionally, the university have an employability portal on which students are able to look at upcoming legal events and job vacancies. I have found the events page immensely helpful as it provides me with a clear detailed list of the opportunities that are available to the students. Through this, I have been able to attend many events which have given me newfound knowledge and developed my skills within the legal field.’
Would you recommend postgraduate study at the University of Law to other British Muslims?
‘I would definitely recommend The University of Law to any Muslims who are considering applying. For the Bar Practice Course LLM specifically, the university provided us with a lot of support and showed compassion towards us during difficult times. They also allowed us to communicate any concerns we had with them, and acted upon any complaints of the students by holding Q&A sessions to relieve any uncertainties. It is clear to me that the university genuinely care for the wellbeing of their students and want to train us to become confident and successful advocates.‘