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Khadija Sarwar

Bachelor of Laws with Honours

Why did you decide to study an undergraduate course?

I have always been very ambitious and a part of me always knew I wanted to go to University so I can make something of my life.

What attracted you to Stirling?

Stirling is a beautiful small town, with very friendly people. The fact that the University of Stirling has one of the world’s most stunning campus was also a very influential factor. 

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

Seeing the beautiful campus every time I was at University made my day! Having the opportunity to make lifelong friends, who are all in the same position as you and you can relate to them. Furthermore, I particularly enjoyed the small tutorial groups as this gave everyone the chance to get to know each other and allowed everyone to flourish in their own way. The small year groups also allowed effective student-lecturer/tutor interaction. 

Which aspects of the programme did you enjoy the most?

The talented Law academics. They were so passionate about their subjects while teaching, that it made the whole learning experience an enjoyable and intriguing one.

The broad range of Law modules allowed us to choose subjects we were actually interested in.

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 gained several skills through my law modules, including team working, problem solving, analysing, legal research, self-reflection, time-keeping and organisation.

Work placement module – my placement was at Digby Brown, Scotland’s largest personal injury law firm. This has helped me become more employable as it is currently the highlight of my CV. As a result of this placement I now have practical experience in a busy legal environment.

RBS Legal Sector Conference – the Law school set this opportunity up for us, which gave us the opportunity to network with numerous professionals, thereby enhancing our networking skills.

Law information talks – networking with professionals, a fantastic opportunity.

Awards – your work at Stirling gets recognised, I have won several awards over the years for my modules and these show my employers how committed and passionate I am about my studies.

Class rep – you get the opportunity to volunteer to be a class rep for each module. I did this and it gave me a good sense of responsibility which is something that has impressed my employers. 

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

Make the most of your time at Stirling and the most of every opportunity given. Keep on top of deadlines, and I would highly recommend getting involved in extra-curricular activities as employers are also interested in what you get up to outside the classroom. Most importantly, enjoy your student life!

How would you summarise your time at Stirling?

Best four years of my life!

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

I have just completed a 5 week summer placement at a Law firm, and will now commence another summer placement at one of Scotland’s leading personal injury Law firm. After this I will commence my post-graduate Diploma at the University of Glasgow.

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