NTU and more precisely NLS, has a state-of-the-art campus, in the heart of Nottingham allowing me to be steps away from all the facilities around.
More about Nishaat
Why did you choose NTU and Nottingham Law School?
I was thrilled to see that NTU provided a 9-month Barristers Training Course including the LLM. This provided me with the perfect opportunity to undertake the course and gain two qualifications almost simultaneously, in less than a year. Besides, NTU and more precisely NLS, has a state-of-the-art campus, in the heart of Nottingham allowing me to be steps away from all the facilities around.
Why did you choose postgraduate study at NTU?
The 9 monta LLM BTC pathway was fitting for my career, along with the way it was carefully structured: I could finish the ever-demanding Bar Course first and then focus on my LLM. This was perfect for me as both elements had different examination techniques which I would be able to dedicate my time to, without being submerged in studies all the time.
What inspired you to study law?
I decided to study law because of my burning desire to help people – it’s the cliché of a “passion for justice” that drove me into this career path. Lawyers are in the “trauma” business – people mostly require the services of a lawyer when they are stuck in a predicament often involving serious life-altering consequences. Therefore, I have always wanted to be at the forefront, helping out those in need, while also working for the greater good – by upholding the rule of law and ensuring fairness. Additionally, I was more inspired in pursuing law when I realised the power that good advocacy holds – it is key in pushing for a change for a better tomorrow.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I enjoyed the advocacy aspect most. At the beginning, I was anxious in the advocacy classes (and there are 4 advocacy modules!) – it was nerve-wracking to speak in front of all your peers and your tutors, some of whom are very experienced in advocacy. But this fear soon melted away, within two-three classes. It was actually so much fun to prepare for your “roles” and it was the closest that I felt to being a Barrister as a student.
What marks out of 10 would you give for course facilities and why?
The small group teaching during advocacy sessions which were very interactive and constructive.
Some of the tutors who went above and beyond to help me succeed in this course.
The career events and talks organised with barristers/chambers, allowing me to have an insight into the real world.
How would you promote NTU to potential students in 10 words or fewer?
Stunning, modern campus with a buzzing university life.
What three words would you use to describe Nottingham?
Vibrant, modern, fun
Where would you recommend visiting in Nottingham?
As a Law student (or even if you are not), the National Justice Museum. When you want a break from the city, the Arboretum. And the Victoria Centre for all your shopping needs.
If you have a (non-academic) problem who would you talk to? What would you do?
My personal tutor. He would be the go-to person for any concern I may have. Even if it is just to rant about my life for a little bit. It really does make you feel better!
Finally, is there anything else you’d like to share?
The Bar exams are probably the hardest part of the academic journey to become a Barrister. However, help is out there – at NTU. Do not be afraid to reach out to your tutors, not just for the extra lesson but for the extra encouragement, the extra push. This little “extra” goes a long way in this tedious journey. I was really getting anxious as the exams were nearing. However, I will never forget how my tutors believed in me even when I did not. Their unfettering belief in me pushed me to successfully confront the centralised exams.
Europe, not otherwise specified