Why I chose Queen Mary
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.
7 July 2014
Queen Mary made my shortlist along with a small number of other London universities. The websites for all my university choices were all pretty good. Whilst this reassured me that I would be attending a university with a professional image, the information was not enough for me to make a final decision. To make my final choice I booked law department open days with four universities. Queen Mary became my first choice because my experience on the Open Day was the best of my four choices. The organisation was slick; the staff were helpful and informative and the students were all friendly and helpful. My hard-to-impress mum also gave it a thumbs up.
Has Queen Mary measured up to my expectations?
Yes, it most definitely has. The range of course modules is very wide and flexible compared to many other law degrees. This has not only helped me to decide which area of law I would like to practice in, but subject choices available at Queen Mary are allowing me to get ahead by studying areas of law not taught in other universities. Mirroring city law firms, Queen Mary is also very international. You will study and become friends with people from all over the world. As I had hoped London has also proved to be a good location to study. I have been able to attend Taster and Open Days at the offices at a number of leading law firms and guest speakers regularly attend at Queen Mary to give talks on careers and specialist areas in law.
Socially there’s plenty on offer. The Law Department has a Law Society, Bar Society and a Pro Bono Group where you can enjoy very varied events ranging from formal dinners to hands-on charity fundraising. Unique to Queen Mary is the Legal Advice Centre where you can have a volunteer placement to work alongside visiting lawyers to give legal advice to members of the public. This is a great opportunity for legal work experience. Within the university as a whole there are over 140 societies so there’s something for everyone and if that’s not enough London is only a few tube stops away.