BA Law with French and French Law
What made you choose the School of Law?
I must admit that going into secondary school I was set on studying French and only French at university. However, all that changed when I joined my school's Citizenship Foundation Magistrates' Mock Trial team. When our team won the national finals at Manchester Magistrates' Court, I knew that I wanted to learn more about the law.
It was for this reason that I decided a degree in law with French was the perfect fit for me - what better way to continue studying my two favourite subjects? This considerably narrowed down the number of universities I could apply to, however Nottingham was always my first choice. On paper, the School of Law's strong reputation for excellent teaching, as well as the fact that Nottingham offers an introductory course to French law and to civil law before sending its students to France made it stand out from the other universities I had considered.
Seeing the University for myself on an open day convinced me that my first impressions were well founded. I was struck by the friendliness of the students, the enthusiasm of the professors and the beauty of University Park Campus. Looking back on my time at Nottingham now, I can definitely say that I made the right decision in choosing to study here!
What is the best part of your course?
What I like most about my degree is that I get to study not only law but also French; both very different to each other, but both subjects I am equally passionate about. I relish the fact that I can be sat in a seminar on propaganda in the French Revolution one hour, and then take part in a tutorial on Trusts Law the next. If anything, my degree has made me realise that there's truth in the saying 'variety is the spice of life'!
What has been your highlight of your time at Nottingham so far?
The highlight of my time at Nottingham has without a doubt been the year abroad. The third year of my course is spent studying law in France alongside French students. I chose to study at the Faculté de Droit in sunny Toulouse, la ville rose. The experience of living in a different country, of learning in and speaking another language almost every day, and of meeting students from across the world has been one of the most fulfilling and worthwhile experiences of my life. If you want to find out more about what it's like to study abroad in France, take a look at my blog.
Have you joined any societies or taken part in any other extracurricular activities?
Another great thing about Nottingham is the wide variety of societies and activities to get involved in. There really is something for everyone: outside of law, my personal favourites include the University Choir and Nottingham Debating Union. For law, I'd recommend joining the Nottingham Law Society (the bi-annual Law Ball is not to be missed!), Bar Society, Mooting Society and giving legal journalism a shot through Advocate magazine.
You could even give something quite unique to Nottingham a go, by singing, dancing or acting alongside fellow students and School of Law staff in the annual charity Law Revue - though as this year's director, I must admit that I am somewhat biased!