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Ashleigh Bird

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

Why did you decide to study an undergraduate course?

I embarked on an undergraduate course largely because I was advised to by the careers advisers at my secondary school.

What attracted you to Stirling?

Primarily, I was attracted to the Stirling campus. I liked that the University is situated separate from the town centre and therefore, allowed me to separate my time studying at the University from my home life. Furthermore, the campus is beautiful and I was instantly able to visualise myself studying there during an Open Day visit.

What did you enjoy most about your time at the University of Stirling?

Whilst at the University I was also a member of the University Officer Training Corps, a military organisation designed to develop the leadership and teamwork skills of selected University students. During this time I completed numerous training exercises both in the UK and abroad. For instance, I completed a 3 week skiing exercise in Norway. 

Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed my third and fourth year studies the most. This was because it offered the opportunity to choose non-prescribed modules that I had a personal interest in. For instance, I particularly enjoyed studying Domestic Relations, International Law and Prejudice Discrimination and the Criminal Law.

How did your time at University make you more employable? For example, did you undertake placements, work experience, engage with employers through your programme, act as class rep, get involved with the Student’s Union?  What key skills did you develop? 

I completed a Work Placement in Law Module at the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB). Whilst on the module I completed my own research project which has subsequently been published by Citizens Advice Scotland. I have continued my involvement with CAB and I am now a fully accredited generalist advisor. This involves interviewing clients, diagnosing their enquiry and researching the relevant information or solution. Through CAB I have also gained access the Hill and Robb Pro-bono Legal Clinic which has allowed me to gain experience relevant to pursing a legal career. 

What advice would you give a student considering studying at Stirling?

Do your research first. Look not only at the social and sports clubs, which are extensive, but also at the course content. The University offers a variety of sports and social clubs which are a fantastic resource for making friends and socialising. Therefore, it is easy to get distracted. University life is meant to develop you socially but to also challenge you academically. It is important to get the balance right and to leave University knowing that you have done your best and achieved the best possible outcome for you. 

How would you summarise your time at Stirling?

Life at the University of Stirling has been both rewarding but also extremely challenging. The degree course is rigorous and demands a great deal of discipline and commitment. However, the long library sessions and hours spent reading numerous journal articles is all worth it is the end. Overall, I am proud with what I have achieved during my time at the University of Stirling.

If you have now graduated, what are you doing now? 

I have applied to complete a Master of Laws programme, which I have received a scholarship for.  I am also continuing volunteering at the Citizens Advise Bureau.


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