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Discover Law Day

I decided to attend the Discover Law Day because I wasn’t completely sure which degree subject I wanted to choose. I thought that having a day of practical experience of degree level Law would help my decision as to whether it was suited for me, and whether I was interested in the course modules.

The course content was clearly explained and additional explanations of core modules were provided. This ensured that there were no misconceptions and that everybody knew exactly what the course involved. There was also a presentation on future careers and opportunities through the University, such as the Legal Advice Centre. This was useful because it detailed how the degree may open doors to a wide range of graduate professions, even if not directly related to Law. Furthermore, I was able to ask questions about what should be included in an effective personal statement and what qualities the admissions tutors look for in an application.

The Discover Day activities were varied and interesting. I experienced what university life is like in four mini Law taster lectures, which were mixed with practical activities to better understand the topic. I especially enjoyed a lecture on Child and Family Law, which is something I have no experience of. Nevertheless, it was presented clearly which meant that I could easily follow. I also enjoyed the Human Rights Law lecture because we were given small scenarios to apply the law to, which was more of a “hands on” approach to the course.

During the day, the student ambassadors were very friendly and offered their own first-hand experience of their degree and any tips for university life. I spoke to a student who had taken part in the Legal Advice Centre, who explained the tasks she did and how it complemented her studies and understanding. After talking to her, I realised that this is something I would like to get involved in at the University.

At the end of the day there was a Q&A session, where I was able to ask questions to both Law and non-Law students. This was very beneficial as I was able to address any apprehensions I had about university life and also talk about student finance and work-life balance. As part of the day, we went on the campus tour, which highlighted some places that I missed on the open day.

I am very glad that I attended the Discover Law Day, as it provided invaluable first-hand experience into studying Law at The University of Manchester and has helped my degree decision before the UCAS process.