William Quamina studied the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) at The University of Law (ULaw)'s Manchester centre

Why did you choose this institution and course?

The GDL isn't just about learning the law; it's about learning how to think like a lawyer, and it's always useful to see the world from a different perspective.

I shopped around, but ULaw stood out because it has educated so many senior partners and successful barristers. There are a few really big names in their alumni network.

The Manchester centre was the perfect size - we all have a great working relationship with the staff, without things ever feeling too claustrophobic. The staff know us by name and it's easy to find help when you need it.

How did the programme help to prepare you for employment?

I was in two minds about my career ambitions when I came to ULaw. I knew that I fancied a career at the bar, but I didn't know how accessible it would be. However, informal moots in class, the debate society and the organised mooting competition all helped me to realise that I wanted to give becoming a barrister a shot.

The negotiation skills workshops were another real highlight. I'm really competitive and have always been one to think on my feet, and getting one over on my mates was always fun.

I'm hoping to turn these skills and experiences into a profession - I enjoyed studying equity, so I see myself going down the civil law route.

What advice would you give to those considering the programme?

Don't be daunted by the workload. You'll soon realise that everyone's in it together and it's actually not too bad at all once you get into the routine.

I'd also advise getting involved as much as possible, and making the most of what ULaw has to offer.

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