We caught up with Myriam to find out about their journey with the University of Law, from working as a part-time student ambassador to securing a full-time role as a Student Recruitment officer. They share their exclusive application advice for members wanting to take the first steps in their legal careers.
Tell us a bit about you and your role…
In 2017, I began my law degree at the University of Law and whilst in my second year I came across the opportunity to become a student ambassador. Wanting to earn some money, but not wanting to take on a full-time job, I thought it was a great opportunity.
While completing my LPC and MSc at the university, I worked as a student ambassador while and after graduating came across a Student Recruitment Intern role. This was similar to being a student ambassador, with the difference of having more work hours and a steadier flow of income. To begin with, it was a month-long internship, but a month turned into two and then, by pure coincidence, a member of the team was leaving which opened up a vacancy.
As much as I wanted to start my legal career, it was a great opportunity for my transition period between studying and entering the world of law.
I’ve enjoyed my role as I speak to people who are just at the beginning of their legal career, give them tips on how to manage their studies and really talk from a place of experience.
What would you say stands out about Uni of Law as a Further Education option?
I’m a huge fan of studying at the University of Law, it’s where I completed my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
The way they teach is truly unique, it’s so practical and is delivered by tutors who are experts in the module. For example, my family class law module was led by a tutor who’d spent time as a family lawyer, so you’re really getting to understand the practicalities of the role. As a student you can understand how things would work in real cases, this makes the learning process much more interesting. Personally, I resonate with this practical way of learning and like understanding how my knowledge of the law can support clients and businesses.
This practical approach is also taken to exams as they’re structured around a problem question. Exams focus on how you can deal with client issues and help you prepare for real-life scenarios which, for someone sure about their legal career aspirations, is an amazing opportunity.
Another aspect of the University that I love is its open-door policy which allows students to benefit from the experience and expertise of lawyers. There’s a huge emphasis on satisfaction and the tutors’ sole purpose is to teach and give students the best possible support for their career journeys.
As a student recruitment officer, what are top do’s/don’ts you’d want future applicants to be aware of?
Show a proactive interest in expressing your interest in law.
Let your passion for law shine through in your application and highlight the specific aspects of law you’re most interested in. Being able to expand on why you want to attend the University of Law and why a legal career is the path you want to follow can boost your application as it forms a picture of why you’d be committed to your learning - even using negative experiences can support with this. For example, if you’ve gained experience in commercial law and realised that you’d like to enter into family law instead, use this to strengthen your application.
Gain work experience
There are many opportunities to explore different roles and get industry insights and any experience is good experience. This could simply be sitting in on court cases to see how they operate and the types of roles people have to play, from this, you’ll absorb knowledge and get a feel for what a legal career is like. This is also great to talk about in the application process to highlight how you’ve demonstrated a true interest in law.
Stay on top of your commercial awareness
Keep up to date with your knowledge of the legal system and key news features which have large implications for the legal world. This is important when applying to a law degree or job because it shows you’re taking initiative and being proactive with your career.
Don’t be afraid of your experience.
Many people fail to understand that any experience is good experience and overlook the transferrable skills they gained in the process. Look to analyse the skills you developed through your work and activities and think of how this is relevant in a legal environment.
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