Richard Seymour is a final year LLB (Hons) Law (Accelerated Route) student. Richard switched to studying the Accelerated Route degree, after his first year studying another degree.
Before studying at University, I worked at a high street bank. I wanted to study for a degree to enhance my future progression opportunities, so enrolled on the BA (Hons) Accounting and Finance course. One of the first year modules I studied was Business and Corporate Law, and it's here where my passion for the law developed.
I decided I wanted to change my degree to a study law, so with the help of the University and law lecturer, Matthew Beecham, I switched courses and started on the two year LLB (Hons) Law (Accelerated Route). The Accelerated Route recognises the credits you gain in the first year of an undergraduate degree, or otherwise equivalent, allowing you gain a full qualifying law degree with no extra years of study or additional tuition fees so it was ideal for me.
This route can be intense as you are sitting three years of exams and study in only two years. But, as long as you’re committed and organised, it's worth it. I’m pretty disciplined when it comes to the course, but even so, the tutors have been incredibly supportive when the going gets tough. The cohort is smaller than the typical three year degree, so the experience you get is much more personable and tailored to your individual needs.
I’m thoroughly enjoying the law degree and I’ve started applying the skills I’ve developed so far to a job I landed at Gordon Dadds Solicitors. I started working there as a Legal Assistant early into my first year of the Accelerated Route, courtesy of an event held at the university, coordinated by the law school. I’m working for the Risk Management and Ethics team, and went on to secure a Training Contract with the company, ready for when I've completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) after graduation.