Klaudia Chmiel, an international student from Canada, came to Leeds to study the two-year LLB Law (Graduate Programme) conversion course
Why did you decide to study law at Leeds?
I chose the University of Leeds because it was voted the 'University of the Year 2017' and is a member of the Russell Group. This ensures the university retains a strong global standing, which is what I was looking for when considering different universities.
Also, the university staff were awarded 26 National Teaching Fellowships (NTFs) - more than any other university. I felt this would result in positive student interactions with professors, helping to influence grades and experiences.
What have been particular highlights for you?
The thing I enjoy most about the student community is the University's Law Society. Leeds LawSoc hosts negotiating competitions, mooting and shares internship opportunities and career events. They also arrange trips to courthouses and visits to other countries.
The last event I attended was 'Law's Got Talent' where law students showed their various talents and the professors acted as judges. One of the professors even participated in the event as a comedian.
How have you found the support and guidance?
Having professors with specific knowledge of the vast areas of law is undeniably beneficial. You're able to learn from them while receiving support from them as your seminar leaders or personal tutors.
Every member of staff is quick in answering questions and they genuinely care about the impact studying has on your life. The School of Law is really connected to Leeds LawSoc and the professors truly like to see students engaging with their community - not only intellectually, but also through extra-curricular activities.
Have you been involved in any extra-curricular opportunities?
I've volunteered as a 'Pathways to Law' mentor where I mentor younger students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing law.
I also got involved in the community by volunteering as an executive supervisor for The Forgotten Heroes, a charity that provides support and advice to the carers of wounded servicemen and women. I currently work as an ambassador for Link to Leeds, where I represent the University as a first point of contact for international applicants.
Tell us about the career support at Leeds.
One of the facilities I've utilised the most was the Careers Centre. I was able to get my CV checked, practice interview questions and receive guidance on writing cover letters.
It has also helped me find volunteering opportunities such as the 'Pathways to Law' mentor scheme.
What advice do you have for those thinking about studying at Leeds?
The opportunities and support offered throughout my time at the School of Law and the university as a whole is something that truly makes it stand out from the rest.
Taking advantage of these opportunities is something I'd recommend to anyone, as it will shape your degree experience and have a positive impact on any future endeavours.
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