Postgraduate study

Student views

Ellen Wright

Ellen studied both her undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications at Teesside and is now studying the Bar Professional Training Course at BPP Law School, London.

LLB (Hons) Law

'Teesside developed my confidence and ability to recognise my own capabilities which led to me pursuing a path I otherwise would not have even looked at.'

Ellen Wright, studying for the Bar Professional Training Course

LLB (Hons) Law and LLM Law graduate


Ellen Wright

Why did you choose to study at Teesside University?

I chose to study at Teesside University because I had friends and extended family in the Middlesbrough area. I was also drawn to the LLB at Teesside because it’s structured in a way that all core modules are completed by the end of the second year, this makes space for the third year to be based entirely on optional modules.

This was important to me because I third year marks hold the most weight in the calculation of the final degree classification and I felt my chances of doing well would be highest when studying optional subjects that held a particular interest for me.

What did you enjoy about your course?

I enjoyed the range of options that I could choose from. Given my interest in criminal law, I could study Criminal Law Theory in my third year, and I think I would have struggled to find another university that offered this subject as an option.

I also looked forward to the small group tutorial sessions as there was lots of opportunity for discussion around legal grey areas and this was a really interesting way to develop knowledge of the various subjects.

What kind of skills did you develop?

The open discussions we had in class helped me develop my ability to form arguments quickly and respond to opposing points made by others. I also developed my ability to work independently as a big emphasis was placed on personal study and further reading.

Did you feel fully supported?

I couldn’t have asked for more supportive, understanding and helpful tutors. I had quite a niche interest in mental capacity and the tutors accommodated this and really helped me to further my understanding of the area. I was also encouraged to engage in academic writing and legal discussion outside the context of the course.

How has your time at Teesside prepared you for life after university?

Teesside developed my confidence and ability to recognise my own capabilities which led to me pursuing a path I otherwise would not have even looked at.

Tell us about your University experience

There was always a lot going on at University in terms of extra-curricular groups and events. Outside the course, I was head of mooting and debating for the law society and a member of the badminton team. There were always events going on at the Students’ Union and other places within Middlesbrough.

What are you doing now?

I am currently studying the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at BPP Law School in London.

What’s next for you?

I’m due to begin my pupillage in London with a chambers specialising in criminal and regulatory law. During my first six months of pupillage I’ll accompany barristers in court and assist with drafting and note-taking. When I begin my second six months I will act for both the prosecution and defence in small criminal cases, mainly in the Magistrates Court.

What advice would you give to someone considering Teesside University?

If you would like to go somewhere with excellent teaching and good facilities then Teesside University would definitely be the right choice.