More about Shannon
I chose to study at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) because I fell in love with the University straight away. I had watched the virtual tours online and as soon as I stepped into the Newton building on one of the open days, I immediately fell in love with it and I could see myself studying here. I had visited other universities before making my final decision, but they didn’t give me that ‘feelingʼ. My decision to come to NTU was confirmed when I went to one of the open days in November and I got the chance to speak to lecturers and students and also the chance to look around the City Campus and the accommodation that NTU has to offer.
I took the traditional A-level route in which I studied Law, Business Studies and Accounting. I chose to study Business Law because it offered me the chance to go abroad in my second year and it also gave me the flexibility to tailor my degree to what I wanted to do, as I had many different options in my second year.
One specific thing that stood out to me, is the fact that Nottingham Law School has its own Legal Advice Centre, as it is quite unique in the opportunities that it offers. Also, the role that the Employability team play within the University is big and they offer so many events that can help boost your career prospects, which is so useful when applying for work experience.
The module I have enjoyed the most is Sports Law, because it is so unique in itself and not many people realise that it even exists. I also enjoyed Contract Law in my first year, as we had the practical element of Mooting included within the module, which helped to improve the presentation and analytical skills that are so useful later on in the degree.
The Newton building was definitely one of the main reasons why I chose NTU. The Chaucer building which houses the courtrooms, just tipped it over the edge for me. The fact that they reflect the layout of a courtroom and are so well done up, is what persuaded me.
The library is great, especially with the events that they put on to help students with writing essays and researching. The online learning environment (NOW) is a really good platform, as information is always being posted by course leaders and module teachers to try and aid your learning. It is easy to navigate around and makes you aware of events that you didn’t even know were on, so it is really useful.
I believe that I have come on leaps and bounds since joining in first year and even looking back at my first year essays, I can see that I have improved dramatically, not just in terms of my writing ability, but also in the way that I prepare myself for exams and coursework.
Nottingham is fantastic as there is so much on offer and so much to choose from that you will never be bored. What makes Nottingham so special is all the independent bars and clothing stores. The nightlife is great and there are so many things to do whether you drink or not! I think because it was different to my home town, I didn’t know what to expect, but that was what I liked so much about it and what made me so excited to start university.
My plans are to complete the LLM Legal Practice Course (LPC) here at NTU, which will give me the extra masters qualification that will set me above other people. I hope to do my LLM dissertation in Sports Law, so that I can enter into the niche area and eventually qualify as a sports law solicitor.
Honestly, I cannot fault the University. NTU offers so many opportunities, whether it is paid work or voluntary work you’re looking for and there are so many employability events that there is something to suit everyone.