Member reviews of The University of Law

  • natashargoodwin's avatar by natashargoodwin on 18th August 2020
    Overall:
    I love my uni and do not regret it one bit. Although I have said it lacks in societies, I have made so many friends from uni anyway that I don't feel disadvantaged from this! It would just be an added bonus. The careers team are amazing and definitely the best part of the uni
    University:
    The services offered are great; our library is four floors and the staff are always happy to help you find books. There is also lots of computer rooms and other study areas. Loads of rooms are often empty so you can use those too. There aren't tons of societies in terms of sports, however there are ones to add to your CV such as MUN and mooting and debate teams.
    Course:
    I love the timetable as it gives me plenty of time to study outside of my classes and to do other things. We typically have a two hour lecture and two hour seminar per week for each module, and we have three modules a term. So a total of 12 hours per week.
    Location:
    It is in central London and a 5 minute walk away from oxford street! there is tons of places to grab food or a coffee, or to shop or go to the pub! There are various bus stops along the road and two close tube stations
    Accommodation:
    I did not use the university student accommodation so cannot comment! I found my own via student room in first year. In second and third year I lived with friends I made from uni, again outside of student accommodation.
    Settling in:
    I settled in really quickly! I was pretty worried as I am not from London and did not know anyone. However, someone from the uni made a massive Whatsapp chat and we all went out together in freshers week. Then I made the majority of friends from my seminars as the classes are smaller and much more interactive
  • JLewis9's avatar by JLewis9 on 18th August 2020
    Overall:
    I have and continue to have a good experience of going to university. I have had the pleasure in meeting tutors who are very friendly and a careers department which only want you to succeed. The university is open to student opinion in order to improve their services.
    University:
    My experience of uni life has been varied, they through summer and winter balls, have talks from law firms, business professionals, events for students e.g. the legal cheek or mentoring. They have wellbeing week where you can get a free massage or manicure or see guide dogs. They have a very good pro bono programe, libraray is specially catered to areas of focus e.g. law and data bases like practical law. I didnt have time to join any clubs but I know they have negotiating, mooting etc and competitions annually. There is the Manchester Arndale near to the campus as well as everything a city could offer (even nightlife). There are a few gyms close by. I used to go to the pure gym on Market street but there is another gym that offers student discounts.
    Course:
    At the beginning of every term I was given all books and content needed. The tutors are very supportive and will seperate time to help if asked. Most lectures and seminars are interactive so you have a chance to clarify and ask questions. Timetabling could have been better as some days I was waiting 2 hours for the next class but at least I had a chance to catch up with work in the library. The course structure is good but my only concern was when I did the LL.B, they changed the course to include assignments and exams when it was only exams to begin with. It probably was for the better but most of my class mates didnt appreciate it.
    Location:
    Although the Manchester campus is in the city centre and has no parking, it is easy to get to.
    Accommodation:
    I did not live in accommodation or student housing but commuting in to the centre of a city can be expensive and I know class mates that couldn't commute in because of train cancellations etc. There are deals for students on buses tickets etc.
    Settling in:
    It took time for me to settle in just because of personal circumstances like having a dependant and a career change but I would say that all staff were supportive from the beginning to help me feel settled.
  • The University of Law Students's avatar by The University of Law Students on 18th August 2020
    Overall:
    I would definitely recommend studying at the University of Law. I have received a lot more help than what I did at my previous university and the tutors genuinely want you to do well.
    University:
    The campus is very sociable and we have a new building and we have access to the staff kitchen to we are able to bring in hot food and make teas/coffees throughout the day.
    Course:
    I am currently doing my LPC and I am enjoying studying at the University of Law. However, I was not prepared for the amount of work that the LPC requires out of university with extra reading so it definitely took me a while to get used to this! What I like at the University of Law is that I was able to choose what two days of the week I would be studying at uni. I found this really helpful as I work part-time so I was able to pick two days that worked around my lifestyle and work commitments. The course is full on but choosing my days meant that I did not need to quit my job as I am able to plan around the two set days that I am in university. The LPC is made up of mainly workshops where we have to complete preparatory tasks every week before the workshop. This consists of reading and answering questions that have been set and then going through them in groups in the workshop. I have found that this is a much more sociable approach as we get to know everyone in our class and the tutors really well through group learning. We have two student reps in our class that organise nights out quite often which was encouraged by the tutors at the start of the course which is a really good idea as I’ve managed to make lots of friends! There are some online lectures available that we can access and watch, however they are not every week. Personally, I learn better from lectures where someone is teaching me rather than me doing independent reading and preparing for workshop tasks each week so I would prefer if there were more lectures available. The tutors have an open door policy so whenever you are stuck they are always happy to help out. There is definitely more support at the University of Law than what I previously had during my undergraduate degree as the tutors want you to do well – I went away and missed one day of teaching and I received emails checking if I was ok and the tutors were happy to go over the workshop I had missed in a one to one session. This is a lot different to undergraduate as I was able to miss classes all the time with no one noticing! The module content is heavily commercially based which sets you up for when you work in practice. The workshop tasks are focused on tasks that you would typically be doing working as a trainee. I think this is a good way of setting us up for practice so that when I obtain legal work or a training contract I won’t be thrown in at the deep end and completely unprepared! In addition to this, the tutors are all qualified lawyers and industry experienced professionals and the quality of teaching I have received has been really good. The University has a really good careers service where you can book an appointment with a designated careers specialist for advice about the future which has been really helpful for me, especially as a postgraduate student who will soon need to obtain a legal job. I have been able to book appointment and ask them any queries whether it be helping with CV’s, training contract applications or preparing for application days. I think this is a really important service at the University of Law especially when seeking legal work and training contracts as they can read applications and help amend them. In addition, I have found the pro-bono clinic really helpful as a way to bolster my CV and learning how to deal with a real-life case rather than in an essay or problem question. The University of Law also holds lots of their own networking events with legal professionals and future lawyers which has been helpful when gaining tips and advice. Another important thing to me is that the University of Law provide you with all of the textbooks and workshop packs at the start of uni. This has been such a relief for me as previously I had to buy all of my law books at undergraduate which costs me hundreds of pounds over the years. Overall I would definitely recommended to study at the University of Law!
    Location:
    The University of Law in Liverpool is part of the University of Liverpool campus. This is only a 15 minute walk away from town and I like sharing the campus as we are able to use all of their facilities.
    Accommodation:
    I have found that the accommodation is really cheap (in Liverpool) in comparison to some of my friends who live down South. I live in a flat that is a 10 minute walk away from the university so I don't have to spend extra money on transport which is good.
    Settling in:
    I managed to settle into university a lot quicker than I had originally expected. The small seminar groups allowed me to meet and make friends easily as everyone gets to know each other really well.
  • battousai's avatar by battousai on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    Very academic and it is very practical
    University:
    No student union
    Course:
    It opens a lot of doors to the legal sector
    Location:
    Middle of London
    Accommodation:
    I have not seen the accomodation
    Settling in:
    I do not know
  • sraja1995's avatar by sraja1995 on 24th August 2015
    Overall:
    Timetables kept changing and we werent given enough notice so we couldnt prepare for the workshops. The amount of IT problems i experienced was ridiculous. Teachers spoke bad about others. Students spoke bad about others - and there were only 8 studentd studying the llb as it was the first year! Small uni. Didnt really feel like a university experience, more like an office experience. BUT there were the odd few teachers who really went the extra mile to help you. And the fact that you occasionally receive free food is awesome (since there were only 8 people in the class)!
    University:
    Doesnt even feel like a uni. Too small of a building, despite the fact that they extended it by building a 4th floor.
    Course:
    Timetables kept changing and we werent given enough notice so we couldnt prepare for the workshops. The amount of IT problems i experienced was ridiculous. Teachers spoke bad about others. Students spoke bad about others - and there were only 8 studentd studying the llb as it was the first year! Small uni. Didnt really feel like a university experience, more like an office experience. BUT there were the odd few teachers who really went the extra mile to help you. And the fact that you occasionally receive free food is awesome (since there were only 8 people in the class)!
    Location:
    Right in the heart of manchester city so you can go shopping during lunch or straight after uni finishes. But the uni building itself is tiny and doesnt really feel like a uni. Rather it feels like an office.
    Accommodation:
    I commuted so cant say much about this! But i know friends and they said they lived like 10 mins from the university ( which is in manchester central) and they paid
    Settling in:
    They make you do group activities and because it was such a small class we got to know each other really fast.
  • by Anonymous on 5th October 2015
    Overall:
    awesome choice for school
    University:
    party
    Course:
    its a good course
    Location:
    i like it there
    Accommodation:
    not the best
    Settling in:
    its ok
  • by Anonymous on 4th October 2015
    Overall:
    It was a really good university to attend. The tutors are all very friendly and you have to do a lot of independent work but they go through it thoroughly.
    University:
    It doesn't have the usual student type things of a normal university.
    Course:
    The tutors are really good at teaching the course and it is done well.
    Location:
    It is right in Manchester city centre. You cannot get more central.
    Accommodation:
    I had bad places that I lived in.
    Settling in:
    I settled in very quickly.
  • by Anonymous on 30th September 2015
    Overall:
    My experience so far has been amazing. The uni life is challenging but also great fun at the tine. You not only grow academically but also as a person, more so if you are living away from home.
    University:
    It is truly a top draw place to be.
    Course:
    The quality of teaching, actual course content and the experience so far has been amazing.
    Location:
    The city is a lovely place to live with a lot of sights to see and has everything in very close walking distances.
    Accommodation:
    The amount of student accommodation is insufficient and highly priced however the standards and quality of the rooms are exceptional.
    Settling in:
    I settled in very quickly and enjoyed the experience from the off.
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