Law is a tough degree; it involves a lot of reading and a lot of self-motivation. However, it is also a really engaging and thought-provoking subject that is constantly developing. Being a reasonably fast reader is a useful skill to have as well as organising your time effectively; the course itself can also help to improve these skills as no one is perfect when they arrive!
It wasn’t until I received my GCSE results that I started to think about applying to Oxford as perhaps more than a pipe dream. When I entered sixth form and started to decide what I wanted to study and where, it became clear that Oxford was one of the best places in the world for Law. I didn’t think that I was capable, but my parents and my school encouraged me to apply and I’m so glad that I did!
I was drawn into Trinity when I visited Oxford on an Open Day because there were yellow balloons on the gate, which is my favorite colour! Inside, the college struck me as having a really open and pleasant atmosphere, set in beautiful grounds. Being in the centre is very convenient for getting to libraries, lectures and shops. Trinity is very friendly and a fun place to live because the size of the student body means you get to know everyone quickly and easily.
One of the best things about studying in Oxford is being taught by world-experts in your subject. It is incredibly daunting at first, but also really inspiring and I am very lucky to be able to experience it. Law is a tough degree; it involves a lot of reading and a lot of self-motivation. However, it is also an engaging and thought-provoking subject that is constantly developing and is consistently relevant to everyday life.
We have three tutorials a fortnight and we have to write one and a half essays a week. The amount of lectures we have in a term varies depending on which modules we are studying. Being a reasonably fast reader is a useful skill to have as well as organising your time effectively; the course helps to improve these skills too as no one is perfect when they arrive! The jump from school to university was pretty overwhelming in the first couple of weeks as there is a lot more work to get through. It takes a lot of effort, but it is manageable and is something that I adapted to within the first term. I enjoy learning new things and it is exciting to study something that I didn’t have the opportunity to do at school.
Trinity is a very sociable place with a lot going on, so I am involved with quite a few extra-curricular activities,which are a great way to get to know new people and take a break from the library! I play the flute in Trinity orchestra and am a member of Trinity Chapel Choir. We sing evensong every Sunday and go on tour in the summer; this year we are going to Madrid! This year I am co-running the Trinity Charity Team; we are currently working on a project in conjunction with a charity in Malawi, which has been really exciting and fun to organise. Next year I will be a Welfare Representative on the JCR committee, which involves looking after the welfare of the students in college and putting on events such as welfare teas- lots of free food!
After I finish my degree, I would like to pursue a legal career but I’m not sure at the moment whether I want to be a barrister or a solicitor. I’m doing some work experience in the summer that will hopefully help me to come to a decision and give me a better idea of how the law works in practice.