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Emma Dickinson

Hartlepool, UK

The LPC (Legal Practice Course) is the third degree Emma has studied at the University of Sunderland. Prior to this, Emma studied LLB Hons followed by the LLM and then went onto work with a local firm as a paralegal. After 2 years working in the firm, Emma decided to complete her LPC with much support from her employers.

I initially went into university straight from college to carry out my undergraduate degree and  following this I finished my LLM the year after the completion of my degree. After this time, I had a break and secured a job with a local law firm as a paralegal. I had been with the firm for two years when I decided to complete my LPC. My employers are very supportive and let me complete my degree alongside work.

I chose to study at Sunderland as I wanted to stay local and had a great experience at the Open Day. Everyone was very welcoming, and I felt like I could really fit in here and get ongoing support to complete my studies. I did some further research about the University and uncovered the excellent reputation the law department had as well as the access to facilities like Mock Law Courts and the Law Clinic.

One of my favourite elements of studying the LPC is working in the student Law Clinic. The Clinic has enabled me to gain real-life experience of practicing law. It also makes a difference to peoples lives by enabling people who cannot access legal services to get the support they need through the pro bono work the clinic offers.

The law clinic in particular helps students go into working life. It very much resembles a law firm which is where a lot of students wish to work upon completion of their studies. You get to deal with real cases and learn a lot of new information. All of this is very important and can help students move from university to employment.

My advice to any prospective students is to be yourself and try your best. A degree is a huge investment and a great opportunity, so have fun but also ensure you work hard and invest in your studies.

Overall, I've made some great friends at the University and everyone is so friendly. I would recommend anyone to study at the University of Sunderland.

Published 8 April 2024

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