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Steven McLaughlin


Why did you choose to study at Strathclyde?

My first taste of Strathclyde University was at the open day. Compared to other universities, Strathclyde had a very welcoming and friendly feel to it. The lecturers seemed genuinely interested in the success of the students and also have seemed to care for the student’s wellbeing.  I feel that this is a unique quality that the Law school, particularly, has and this has been evident throughout my studies as lecturers have been very willing to help me to understand how to answer specific questions or where I don’t understand the content of the lectures.

Another attractive quality about Strathclyde law school is the opportunity to be part of the law clinic. Through studying the LLB law degree, students have the opportunity to apply for the Strathclyde law clinic, an award winning student ran organisation. The clinic offers free legal advice and representation to those who require it and students have the opportunity to assist real clients with real legal issues and apply their studies in a more practical sense. The Strathclyde law clinic is a well-established, award winning body and is arguably the best law clinic in the whole of Scotland and is another major reason why I chose to study at Strathclyde University.

How did you decide what course to choose?

Deciding my course after my sixth year of high school was a very difficult one. I was torn between studying law, History or business at university and so, I applied to Strathclyde for law with History and economics. After my first year I realised I had to make a choice between whether I would continue with History or transfer to either the business faculty at Strathclyde or to the law school to study the LLB. After much consideration, I chose to transfer to the LLB law degree. Both history and business were two passions of mine at both school and this first year of university but I have not regretted my decision to transfer and I am very much enjoying the course subjects, the lecturers and the people in the law course. Although it was a difficult decision to make, I know that I have made the right decision to study law at Strathclyde university.

Has studying at Strathclyde lived up to your expectations?

Studying at Strathclyde has exceeded my expectations. My favourite about the university is that it is a perfect balance of receiving a quality education and having an enjoyable social life. Being in the city centre of Glasgow, the university is within walking distance to the bars, pubs and clubs in Glasgow, which arguably has one of the best night lifes in Scotland. The people at the university are also very mature and genuine and not at all arrogant and I have found that it is very easy to get along with people from all four faculties of the university and specifically on my course. The societies are also most enjoyable. In my second year, I decided to join the ultimate Frisbee team, a decision which has been most invaluable. I joined with a group of guys who had never played the sport before either and together we built a friendship, learned the sport together and have had a lot of fun doing this. I would say that Strathclyde is a prominent institution for education and unlike a most universities its location offers great social opportunities and the chance to develop great friendships.

What do you enjoy most about your course?

There is a lot about my course that I enjoy. I have already mentioned the law clinic, which I have enjoyed volunteering in since beginning my degree. This allows me to use the academic knowledge I have received in a more practical context. The university also has a mooting society for law students. Mooting is essentially a mock court situation where you and your partner receive a problem and an imaginary client that you have to represent and you must prepare a legal submission and present it in front of a judge. This has been both enjoyable and beneficial. Again this teaches you practical skills that are necessary for situations after your degree where you may find yourself in a court setting. It is also a competition and if you reach the semi-final, you get to go on a free trip to London to meet Supreme Court judges which is very exciting! To summarise the most enjoyable aspects of my course are the fact that you can learn both academically and practically. Law clinic are the two that I am involved in but there are various other opportunities available to develop skills necessary for your future career.  

What advice would you give to a prospective student coming to study your course?

My advice to any new student would be to get involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible. Strathclyde offers so many enjoyable clubs and activities both relating to the course and not. Such activities as mooting and law clinic are only a few of many that are available through the law course. There is also law society, mediation, CCU (Criminal conviction unit) and small business unit to name a few. Ultimately though, enjoy yourself, because your student years are the best years of your life.

What’s the best thing about studying at Strathclyde?

As I have mentioned, my favourite thing about Strathclyde is its location and its amazing night life. Strathclyde has managed to hit a perfect balance between work and social life allowing students to graduate with a quality education, having had the opportunity to have been involved in so many enjoyable and beneficial extra-curricular activities whilst also having had a great social experience.