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Lawyers play different roles in eradicating corruption, uplifting human rights and establishing the rule of law. Hence, I believe that training as a Lawyer would certainly give me the best opportunity to stand up against all the wrongs in the society and that would be the best way to serve the people of my country.
For this, the first step I like to take is to study the LLB (Honours) programme. The LLB is the quickest and most common route to becoming a qualified lawyer, providing knowledge of the legal system, familiarity with its institutions and procedures and an understanding of how different areas of law fit together and operate in comparable jurisdictions.
The study will enable me gain knowledge of the legal system and familiarity with its institutions and procedures; an ability to apply knowledge to problem situations and provide solutions and to evaluate law both independently and in relation to other perspectives; an ability to identify and use primary legal sources and journals relevant to topics under study, act independently in planning and managing tasks, and demonstrate proficiency in the use of ICT and technology supported learning.
On completion, I target to achieve an appreciation of the purpose of the academic study of law and of the ethics and practice of scholarship; an awareness of the critical techniques necessary for the study and application of legal principles and the evaluation of competing legal theories; an understanding of law in its wider social, political and theoretical context, both national and international, as well as in its application by the legal profession and judiciary; a range of techniques for communicating knowledge and arguments in both written and oral forms; a range of transferable skills including information technology, time management, fluent and effective communication, problem solving and the ability to collaborate with others.
I believe that the training will challenge my intellectual potential and analytical skills, resulting in the expression of my own, authentic opinions, creativity and judgements.
The diverse nature of the degree also means that law graduates can enter a range of alternative occupations including: Police, Trading Standards, Health and Safety, Personnel, Accountancy, Local Authority, and the Civil Service. Further career options include: banking, finance, insurance or work in public and private sector management.
Though my previous studies are not directly related with the LLB modules by name, but the underlying knowledge I have achieved are related to the profession – in fact, these are vital traits to become a successful lawyer i.e. the management and leadership skills and knowledge, management decision making, managing projects etc. are going to be crucial later in my career as a practitioner. Furthermore, the business and communication modules in my level 3 of study will have its own contributions to establish a legal firm after I qualify. Therefore, these studies will complement the LLB study and the profession in principle.
What really influenced me to choose the course and profession is my current work role in ICS Solicitors of Surrey, UK as an Office Assistant since December 2009. The role involve corresponding with clients, informing them of the status of their case including hearing date, acknowledgement from court and the decision of the court; requesting for further information and documents from clients as and when required and fixing appointments; typing memos, reports and other legal documents, taking dictation and writing covering letters, sorting out and filtering documents, filing documents; sorting out incoming mails and distributing faxes, posting mails, faxing documents;
During this period, I learned about corresponding, scheduling and confirming appointments with clients, acknowledging of service, establishing hearing dates, and communicating decisions of the court with clients as part of client care.
In the course of my moving around and coming across a significant number of people of different background and different commercial interest, I developed a certain degree of proficiency in negotiation and organising a successful commercial operation where different interests have to be served immaculately - this helped me a lot in developing a sense of communicating and effective human management. I have, indeed learned complete client care professionally along with legal discourses.
Keeping careful eye on details, controlling emotion and keeping cool head to take up challenges, developing critical analytical techniques and ability to reasoning, enjoying success are traits I have developed by observing my seniors – these are going to be, I believe, vital in the building and progression of my career as a Lawyer.
In addition to the administrative duties, the post has helped me gain an understanding of the organising concepts, different areas of law and the working methods of the law, how to apply them to specific situations and the facts of different cases. I have gained knowledge of the legal system and become familiar with its institutions and procedures.
I am sure the above will be vital transferable skills when I start my LLB study at BPP. From the programme, I aim to gain enhanced level knowledge and professional skills from the course which will allow me academic progressions, professional development and career advancements.
“BPP” is a name of image, prestige and pride. BPP University’s LLB programme is a challenging and rewarding programme – the focus of the course is on practical experience and application, with particular emphasis placed on advocacy.
BPP Law School teachers are highly experienced – some of whom are still practising or retain close links with the profession – run small group sessions that draw on real-life situations, and many of their own cases.
One of the distinctive features of university is it provides innovative study tools including online demonstrations, suggested answers for written work, live mock assessments with professional actors – for advocacy and conference, DVD recordings for reviewing performance on a weekly basis, recorded revision lectures for all Civil and Criminal small group sessions, the White Book and Blackstones Criminal Practice.
The classrooms are equipped with very latest eLearning and technology facilities. There are dedicated computer study rooms and IT equipment in all libraries and study areas. Specialist libraries have long opening hours, which provide extended access to vast range of reading materials and resources.
At BPP, there is chance of gaining vital work experience – by advising real clients through the university’s award winning Pro Bono Centre. There are also opportunities to practice skills through mock trial and mooting events judged by members of the judiciary and practitioners; and increase knowledge with introductions to papillae lectures and court visits. Additionally, the university provides proactive career support to give the best possible chance of securing pupillage at reputed law firms. In fact, the LLB course delivery at the university is very closely linked to the profession.
I will look no further if I get a chance to study my LLB programme at BPP University’s London campus.