BA (Hons) Criminology
Develop advanced skills and professional practice on this contemporary criminology degree, opening a variety of professional employment avenues within criminology and criminal...
LLB (Hons) Law
I came to Solent from college – though after doing very (very) badly in my A-levels I took two years out between college and uni to work as a ski instructor in Austria. I picked Solent because I wanted to do the law foundation year.
Law at Solent is for you if you are looking to develop academic skills with real-life applications. All of the lecturers are down-to-earth, knowledgeable and approachable; they’re very friendly and always happy to help. No question was a silly one to ask, and they all genuinely care about students’ progression. The library is also good, and for law the online subscription services that the University provides are industry-standard, so very up to the job.
The things I learnt at uni, such as legal research and writing, are my daily tools for work. But the thing that’s really stuck with me is intellectual property – I think it’s cool how brand owners use a range of legal rights to protect others from copying their brand. This certainly stuck with me as I now work with brand owners to protect their rights.
One of my lecturers put me in contact with a local specialist law firm where I ended up doing a work experience placement, and ultimately this led to me being taken on as a trainee solicitor once I graduated. I also got the opportunity to work with the uni at Glastonbury Festival! I was a copyright clearance officer, meaning I was signing contracts with big artists. That whole experience was great for putting my academic knowledge into place while in a big, muddy field.
It’s been fantastic. Sure, there are occasional late nights at the office, but getting a good result for a client is a great feeling. I began as a trainee solicitor in 2016, and qualified in 2018. Getting used to the nine-to-five routine was a shock to the system – learning to be organised was tough at first, but it did come eventually. Now, no two days are the same. I usually begin the day by dealing with emails; then it can range from preparing court documents to having meetings with clients whose rights have been infringed.
I recently moved to London to start at a new firm. At the moment I am working on a letter of claim – my client’s intellectual property rights have been infringed and I am just finalising the first formal step towards court action.
Winning my first case is probably the biggest highlight. I was a trainee solicitor who had never said a word in front of a judge, but somehow all the planning came together and we won.