We have thousands of students on the programme all over the world. It’s not always possible to feel connected to others or share the same experiences. Anthony is an LLB student who has suggested he might share some of his experiences as an independent student of the UoL programme over this academic year. Here is his first post.
I am an LLB student at the University of London (UoL), and have progressed to the 2nd year or Level 5 of the Programme. I study on my own as due to cost I am unable to afford taught study at a law school. I’m studying modules at level 4 and level 5.
The pursuit of law is a serious investment (money, time, energy) which I have undertaken to do at the UoL. It is one that I have come to accept requires not just investment, but much personal sacrifice owing to the academic rigour of the LLB Programme. Important for me is not just to have a law degree from a reputable academic institution, but to have one that is fit for purpose in the field in which I plan on pursuing a professional career; i.e. law. In summary I want to succeed academically and professionally. As a result, in the resources offered to students like myself, my sincere hope is that the UoL fully appreciates the extent and depth of dreams and aspirations associated with the LLB.
Having reviewed the recommended material for the various courses (Subject Guide, Statute Book, Journals etc), there is no denying how daunting and overwhelmed I already feel. Having realised the recommended 300 hours per course module required, the sacrifice I will have to make in my social life, family life, and that I will need to manage my time effectively so as not to jeopardise my current job, it is even more daunting.
However the magnitude of the task has also made me realise that:-
• if I really want a law degree, I have to make sacrifices
• the LLB Programme is demanding because the law profession is demanding
• short term sacrifices are necessary for long term gain; i.e. a law career
Beyond the UoL support material, I have decided to exercise my own initiative in ensuring that I effectively manage courses as best as I can. As a result I have (i) developed a study timetable, (ii) been utilising a local library (too many distractions in home environment), and (iii) been trying to link up with local study partners. I do not know if this is enough, but I do know that this will certainly help me.
Over the academic year I have voluntarily asked the UoL to be allowed to share my experience with other students as I progress through the Programme. Some students will be able to relate, some will not (as each student’s experience has its own uniqueness). However it is hoped that at varying times, in varying ways, my ideas, hopes, fears, frustrations and shared determination can all be related to on this LLB journey we are all on together.
Anthony ( UoL LLB student)