Elliot gained an undergraduate law degree at Nottingham Trent University before deciding to continue his legal studies at the institution's Law School
Why did you choose to study at Nottingham Law School?
My decision to study the LPC at Nottingham Law School was largely based on my previous experience of the university. Having already been taught by some amazing tutors who pushed me to achieve a first in my undergraduate law degree, it seemed logical to remain at the university in order to continue this success.
Before attending one of their open days, my knowledge of Nottingham Law School was limited. One aspect that I was aware of however was the university's strong commitment to employment and professional practice. This was clear from the range of professional courses the university offered, such as the LPC, Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
The school was also the most financially-viable option, made even more so by the availability of a range of scholarships. Overall I really enjoyed everything that Nottingham Law School had to offer, and was more than happy to continue studying there for another year.
Can you tell us a little bit about the course?
One of the main things that attracted me to the LPC was its combination with a Masters degree.
Upon completing the traditional LPC and an additional professional practice dissertation, the LPC is effectively supplemented with a Masters degree. I have chosen to do my dissertation on employment law and mental health, as these are areas that I would like to explore in professional practice. I feel that undertaking a Masters degree alongside the LPC will make me very appealing to prospective employers.
One of the things that really stood out about Nottingham Law School was its Legal Advice Centre. The centre caters for a massive range of legal pro bono opportunities. I have been involved with advising clients at the centre and I am currently training to become a Free Representation Unit (FRU) Representative. As a qualified representative I will have the opportunity to represent real-life clients at employment and social security tribunals.
My greatest achievement on the LPC so far has been helping to run the GDL Mooting Society and competition. This responsibility has proven to be extremely challenging, with there being so much more to do behind the scenes than I had initially anticipated.
What's the best bit about studying for an LPC?
As a result of professional study, my career plans have become much more focused. Beforehand I did not know what area of law I wanted to enter, but I am now sure of my desire to practise in the likes of private client, family and employment law.
It has also confirmed my long term plan to eventually return to university as an academic with practical experience.
What advice would you give to others considering the LPC?
I have been greatly assisted by the university's Student Services. General support services have been invaluable in providing me with practical assistance with issues such as financing and accommodation.
The university's Employability Service has also provided great assistance in my attempt to secure a training contract, by reviewing applications and providing contacts. My advice would be to make the most of these opportunities.