15 October 2021
When deciding what to do after A levels I was really stuck. Every day a new course would come to mind, so I visited my school's career officer who suggested that I look into law. And that's what brought me to ARU.
Initially I did some research online and thought that law looked very interesting, but I wanted to see what the job of a lawyer would look like after studying. So, I approached a local solicitor’s firm and asked to do some work experience. I spent time in different departments seeing what type of work they did, and it really appealed to me. From there I researched the route to qualification as a solicitor and decided to go to university as opposed to a degree apprenticeship, as I wanted to experience university life.
I am from Suffolk and knew that I didn’t want to be too far away from home and so I visited universities that were within two hours’ drive. One of these was ARU in Cambridge.
The ARU Open Day I visited was really insightful and gave me an opportunity to see the campus and where I would be studying. All the staff and students I met at the Open Day were so welcoming and happy to answer any questions I had. What really stood out to me was how the course was taught. It was taught with a practical aspect: it wasn’t just about memorising the law, it was about how that law would apply to a real-life scenario.
This was also reflected in the assessments, which are a mix of traditional examinations, coursework, presentations, etc. This really appealed to me as I knew that traditional exams were not my strong point, and the mix of assessments would still allow me to do well. The Law Clinic also stood out to me as you could join at any point of your law degree and seemed like a fantastic way to network with legal professionals.
When I started I soon realised that ARU would go above and beyond my expectations from the Open Day. The staff were so friendly and eased you into the different types of learning and taught you things such as how to write coursework.
ARU’s Study Skills Plus service helped me learn additional skills that help in your degree such as referencing, how to critically analyse, etc. Ultimately, these really helped me get good grades.
The Law Clinic also exceeded my expectations. It is a fantastic way to not only gain an insight into how the law that you’re learning in the classroom is applied in practice, but a way to network with legal professionals and other students in different years. Sarah, the Law Clinic director, is incredibly helpful when it comes to anything career related, such as training contract applications, looking for work experience, deciding what to do after your law degree, etc. She even helped me gain some work experience with one of the law clinic’s volunteer lawyers.
Overall ARU has exceeded my expectations by a mile and has given me so many fantastic opportunities to build on my skills both in and out of the classroom. I am so glad I came here.