School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

Student views

Louise Shaw

Louise's decision to come to Teesside University has led to her qualification to get the career she wants.

Louise Shaw

LLB (Hons) Law

Without Teesside University I would not be in the job I am today.

What brought you to study at Teesside University?

After ten years of working in minimum wage jobs I wanted to gain a qualification to get a career. I had numerous friends and family members who had studied at Teesside and recommended it without hesitation. I made an appointment with the course leader who helped me to enrol.

What was your course like?

My course was hard work and intense at times but also very enjoyable. I enjoyed the different methods of teaching, especially the practical work within Teesside Law Clinic and also the varied assessment methods. I found the Family Law module really useful, this helped me decide what I wanted to specialise in when I graduated.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course was the support I received from the tutors. They really helped me to progress and develop my skills throughout the three years enabling me to graduate with a 2:1. I also had a close group of friends on my course which helped motivate me when I was finding things difficult.
I really enjoyed my time at Teesside Law Clinic, I got to see what working in a law firm would entail. Being part of Teesside Law Clinic meant I could attend real court proceedings which was a highlight of my final year.

Did you do any work experience?

I was awarded the Punch Robson Bursary where I gained additional experience over the summer at Teesside Law Clinic. I dealt with on-going cases which the previous year had started. It gave me a great insight into what the module would be like. In my final year I used the careers service to update my CV from the standard template to one suitable in a legal setting. I found this really helpful and a valuable service.

What was your social life like when you were studying at Teesside University?

Being an older student I didn’t go out much, but I used the Students’ Union for lunch or somewhere to chill between lectures. I grew up in Middlesbrough so I was aware of the lovely highlights of the area, such as the North-east coast. I was also part of Teesside Law Society in my last two years.

What are you doing now?

I work for Punch Robson Solicitors in the Family Law and Mental Health team as a Family Law and Mental Health Legal Clerk. Without Teesside University I would not be in the job I am today.