Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a law student? We asked some of our students to put together their advice and opinions on studying law, being a student at Queen Mary, negotiating London and engaging with current affairs.
Preparing for your Year Abroad
3 August 2016
Kajal Kandeth, Third Year Law Student studying in Spain: I have been given the fantastic opportunity to go abroad and study law in Spanish!
How to benefit from all the extracurricular activities QMUL School of Law offers
21 July 2016
Michaela Mária Hanzelová, First Year Law Student and Bursary WinnerThe Legal Advice CentreThe Legal Advice Centre (LAC) is a fantastic opportunity to gather a wide range of skills that will increase your employability.
6 June 2016
Daphne McRae, LLB English and Law StudentMaking a memorably good impression with law firms is difficult, especially considering the number of law students far outstrips the number of training contract places available.
Law-Related Societies at QMUL
6 June 2016
Daphne McRae, LLB English and Law StudentIf I were to ask you to guess how many law-related societies there were at Queen Mary, how many would you say? Two maybe? Three? Definitely no more than four. Well my friend, there are NINE.
How to become commercially aware (and enjoy doing it)
6 June 2016
Daphne McRae, LLB English and Law StudentCommercial awareness is the single biggest buzzword currently being used by law firms. Also known under various other guises such as commercial acumen and business sense, it’s possibly the most important quality firms look for in their prospective hires.
Should you go on a year abroad?
6 June 2016
As part of the LLB English and European Law programme, students choose from a list of European universities in which they would like to spend the third year of their degree. Erasmus students are given the opportunity to venture out into a new country, have a reduced workload and maybe even learn a new language. It is no coincidence that the vast majority of students who opt for this say it is by far and away the best year of their degree. I will take you through a whistle-stop tour of various aspects of the year abroad and how they compare to student experiences in the UK.
Finding out about alternative careers
5 August 2015
Kajal Kandeth, LLB Law studentThis year I became a member of Queen Mary Law Society’s Alternative Careers Department. The QMUL Law Society started this department in the hope of introducing law students to other careers, and to show them that there are different options available to them rather than merely the conventional routes.
Visiting the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
11 June 2015
Liuh-Jang Kwok, LLB Law student: Since the first day of law school, reading case judgments has gradually become part and parcel of our lives as students. No matter the module, it is simply impossible to disregard decisions made by the Supreme Court and its predecessor, the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords.
How to Make the Most of Your First Year
13 May 2015
Kajal Kandeth, English and European Law Student: As I come to the end of my first year and with exam season approaching, I thought it would be useful to let new students know how to make the most of their first year.
QMUL’s Client Interviewing Competition: No Place For First Year students?
7 April 2015
Kajal Kandeth, English and European Law Student: This year saw the conception of the QMUL Client Interviewing Competition which was sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. I was fortunate enough to reach the quarter-finals with my partner Laura Disley.
Six Months with the British Institute of Human Rights
2 April 2015
Stacey De Souza, LLB Senior Status Law Student: Not everyone comes to Law School knowing exactly what they want to do with their degree. The lucky ones who do seem to be the most noticeable in the crowd, but for the rest of us, internships are important for discovering alternative paths to a legal career.
Student Volunteering: The Whitechapel Mission
26 March 2015
Charlotte Evans, LLB Law student: The Whitechapel Mission is a local homeless shelter which, in conjunction with the Queen Mary Pro-Bono Society, encourages students to sign up to help with either a Breakfast or Clothing ‘Challenge’ each month. The shelter, located just 5 minutes from the Mile End campus in Whitechapel, provides food, clothing, showers and basic advice to hundreds of homeless men and women each week, 10% of whom are under the age of 26, and it relies on the support of students to help them do this.
D.M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International Moot Court Competition 2014
9 March 2015
Hannah Fry, LLB Law Student: We arrived in Mumbai, India on the 12th February whereby we were introduced to the other teams and the Government Law College itself. Darren Low Jun Jie, Queen Mary’s Researcher, took the one-hour researcher test focusing on various areas of the moot and international public law. We are very proud to note that he went on to win the Best Researcher Award scoring the highest mark in the test.
Queen Mary Client Interviewing Competition
13 February 2015
Georgia Moorhouse, LLB Law Student: In late January 2015 Queen Mary Law Society launched their first Client Interviewing competition following the success of the mooting and the negotiation competition.
Domestic Violence: The Fight For Refuge
23 September 2014
Jonathan Hollingsworth, LLB Law student: The Queen Mary Pro Bono Society recently welcomed domestic violence charity, Refuge, to host a heartfelt lecture detailing the workings of the charity and the inspiring efforts of their independent legal advocates.
Top 5 Alternative Places to visit during Fresher's Week
16 September 2014
Charlotte Evans, LLB Law student: Starting university can be a daunting prospect and spending the full week drinking and/or attending various Fresher’s nights may not be your cup of tea. I have put together a list of alternative places to visit around London to provide a few alternatives if you start to tire of shouting at your new flatmates over a red beer in Drapers. These also give you the opportunity to get to know people if you don’t always fancy dressing up like a caveman or engaging in foam related dancing!
How to make the most of your time at Queen Mary School of Law
9 September 2014
Indre Kazlausskaite, LLB Law student: I believe every student has been advised 'to make the most of your time at university'. What does it mean at QM? Stellar academics? Extracurricular activities to boost your CV? Networking with potential employers? I believe this is primarily about your balanced approach to university life.
The study of the Law: How bad can it be?
2 September 2014
Emily Millgate, LLB Law student: Students ready and raring to delve into the wonders of their degree have one misconception; that the transition from A-levels to a Law degree is not as difficult as one might suspect. I wish that were the case.
Top Tips for Life at Queen Mary
26 August 2014
Shaun Malone, LLB Law student: As a third year coming to the end of my time at Queen Mary I can look on some very happy and fulfilling memories. However I have some regrets and things I wished I had done differently. The students here are always happy to give advice to those just starting, and as such I would like to pass on my top tips on how to get the most out of your time at Queen Mary.
Women in Law: A matter of equality
19 August 2014
Jonathan Hollingsworth, LLB Law student: This year Queen Mary's Pro Bono Society and Women Working in Law have held a panel discussion concerning the opportunities for women at the Bar and as part of the Judiciary. The event was also attended by male students giving a wide range of perspectives and viewpoints on the issue.
Essential Guide for London Students
11 August 2014
Shannon Diggory, BA Law and Politics student: London may be the biggest city in the UK but it need not be the priciest. Rent and travel are inevitably going to come at a premium but here are some tips and tricks to make the most of studying in East London on a budget.
Choosing to study law
4 August 2014
Megan Jones, LLB Law student: Choosing to study law at university is a daunting experience. Your choice will determine where you live for the next three years, will play a part in your academic success and can, depending on your university’s reputation, play a part in securing a training contract, pupilage, a place on a postgraduate course or future employment. It is not a decision to be taken lightly. However, what at first seems an insurmountable task – whittling well over a hundred universities down to one – is relatively easy if taken one step at a time.
Studying law as an international student
28 July 2014
Indre Kazlausskaite, LLB Law student: The prospect of studying law as an international student seems daunting: how am I going to adapt to a new country and manage to study such a difficult subject in a foreign language? Am I not disadvantaged in terms of career prospects because I am an international student? These were my concerns before coming to Queen Mary.
Studying law at Queen Mary
21 July 2014
Liuh-Jang Kwok, LLB Law student: I decided to come to Queen Mary because of its reputation for law, the campus lifestyle and the award-winning Legal Advice Centre. Since I arrived a few months ago, the School of Law has proved itself to be something special, but I have also found that there is much more to Queen Mary than I anticipated.
Questions for a Student Ambassador
14 July 2014
Charlotte Evans, LLB Law student: Having been a Student Ambassador for over a year, I have given numerous tours around the university and have consequently been asked a myriad of questions by prospective students. These range from the common, ‘What’s it like?’ to the more specialist such as, ‘Do they serve macaroni cheese in the Curve?’
Why I chose Queen Mary
7 July 2014
Christian Lyons, Third year LLB Law student: My ambition, both before I made my choice of university and now, is to be a top lawyer in a top London law firm. To succeed in fulfilling my ambition a good degree from a top university is essential. A London university would also give me access to and a taste of city life and I hoped some of the city firms.
Human rights barrister Toby Cadman speaks to QM Law students
30 June 2014
Stacey De Souza, LLB Senior Status Law Student: Earlier this year, Toby Cadman spoke at Queen Mary University of London. As a barrister, he specialises in international war crimes, extradition, human rights and terrorism. He has defended and prosecuted in Bosnia, Syria, Kenya, Bangladesh and currently in Pakistan. What that means is that he spends 65 per cent of his time outside of London and even less time in court.
The Queen Mary Law Ball
23 June 2014
Charlotte Johnson, LLB Law student: The first ever Queen Mary Law Ball took place shortly after students returned from the Christmas break in 2014. The Ball was the result of the hard work undertaken by the Law and Bar Societies, and we hope that it will continue for many years to come!