Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?
It was a spur of the moment for me. Strathclyde had a good ranking for my course on the Complete University Guide List. I seized the fantastic opportunity and haven’t looked back!
How did you decide what course to choose?
I really enjoyed philosophy and ethics at A Level. The style in which it was taught allowed me to think deeply about concepts and to critically analyse the theories put forth by various theologians, philosopher and thinkers etc. Naturally I love taking an analytical approach to my studies. This time around I wanted to delve into the legal arena and be able to understand and comment on the ways in which the Law has evolved and changed through time. Law is very broad in nature and involves us daily in various ways. Being completely oblivious to the fact that Scotland had their own law (forgive me!), I was intrigued to find out how much it differed from down South of the border. Initially I had wanted to study English Law but when I found out that I could achieve a dual qualification at Strathclyde for both Scots and English Law It was a win-win for me!
Has studying at Strathclyde lived up to your expectations?
I had always wanted to study at a campus based uni as opposed to city based- hence why I left London. Strathclyde has given me the best of both worlds! It has a good location, right at the heart of Glasgow’s vibrant city centre. But also a strong community feel on campus – especially when you stay in halls! The quality of teaching is very good. I also love the ease of access to Legal information, journal articles and to cases from around the world!
What do you enjoy most about your course?
Whilst the lectures are quite fast paced, I enjoy the way the courses are spread out across the semesters. Having three courses to study and digest before each examination diet is much more digestible than having the whole six courses to study and revise for at the end of the academic year.
The timetable is also very flexible. For my two years of study so far I’ve only had classes for six hours a week! This is awesomely different from being in Sixth Form, where I had to be up by half six to have my day completed at four PM.
The tutorials are also a great way to ask questions that I may have been too shy to ask during a lecture full of 200+ people. The tutors are sometimes older law students so it’s nice to get advice from those that have been in the same shoes. Finally I like how the essays are a range, some ‘Critically Analyse’, some ‘Discuss’ and some ‘Problem Questions’ – these really give us a chance to apply the law to a legal scenario.
What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?
Immerse yourself into the course, engage with the reading, endeavour to improve your legal writing skills but most importantly, enjoy it!
What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?
The best thing alongside the academia is the social life. Being perfectly situated in the city centre, you’re not too far away from the bars, clubs, shops, tea rooms and whatever else tickles your fancy! There’s ample opportunities to meet new people and build a strong network of friends. Campus is full of loads of clubs and societies and social events. Outside of that, the friendliness of people around Glasgow also aided my settling here. Moving away from all my friends and family at home, was definitely a smooth transition.