About

MeHello, my name is Ross. I have already completed my second year of the MLaw at the University of Central Lancashire. I have been studying Law in Preston for three years now, and I have another three more until I complete my degree. Aside from law, I am a passionate foodie and get my thrills from finding high-street bargains.

Academic Life

Before university, I studied my GCEs at Preston College in Law, Accounting and IT. And before you ask, yes, accounting is very boring! Nether the less, my two years at Preston College really prepared me for University. The college is innovative in industry-thinking; with my law tutor a former solicitor and my accounting tutor a chartered accountant. From the word go, I could map out the career routes that I could pursue.

I am now on track to qualify with a masters degree incorporating the LLB and LPC. This is the MLaw (exempting) degree which will allow me to go straight into a training contract after four years of study. I am really lucky to have the opportunity to study this course; only few providers have been given the thumbs up by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for the MLaw course.

Spare Time

Volunteering is central to my personal and professional development. I have been spending my summer holidays working with public organisations which pivot on the law. From Citizens Advice Bureau to Victim Support, I now volunteer as a student adviser at my University Law Clinic providing free advice to members of the public under the supervision of practicing solicitors. I also enjoy working with my university on an ad hoc basis, presenting to prospective applicants at our insight days.

I also enjoy travelling. This allows me to experience culture, meet new people and produce videos of my experiences. You can always make more money, but you can’t make memories. In the past two years, I have been to Belgium, Portugal, Luxembourg and Spain. My next destination is China which you can read more about here.

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. wordscoffeeandlacedresses

    I am also on the MLaw degree at UCLan (in the third year). Your blog is fantastic, heavily law-related and very well written so it is only right that I follow you.
    I need to ask though, how have you had these opportunities to attend law related events?

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    1. Hi, thanks for your comment!

      These opportunities come from putting yourself out there. A lot of people think that I am just very lucky, but in actual fact, I apply for around 50 opportunities a month and get 1 or 2 successful applications back. I am very active on social media, so I see when these opportunities come up. It all depends on how wide you cast your net really.

      As well as that, it always helps to have a good set of grades and some experience to show your commitment to a career in law. Also, do not be afraid to explain any extenuating circumstances which you think may be relevant.

      If you would like support on any other issues you have, feel free to drop me an email at RSimmons1@uclan.ac.uk.

      Best of luck for your third year!

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      1. -Arifa

        Very good advice, thank you! I have part of it done (good grades, aha) and I am only starting to try and become more active on social media (now that’s a skill in itself) but I will definitely be taking your advice on board. Thank you again!

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  2. Letty

    Fantastic blog! Having graduated many moons ago and worked for public and private organisations in non-law environments, I have recently taken the decision to change careers and intend to start my GDL in the near future. Your blog is a breath of fresh air compared to the endless chatrooms and dense pages of advice about getting yourself out there. It’s clear, concise and interesting….great job!

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    1. Thanks Letty, it is always great to hear positive feedback from the people who my blog is primarily aimed at.

      I think it is great that you have decided to pursue a career in law, and I hope some of the information on my blog will help you to fine tune where you plan to qualify!

      Best of wishes for the rest of your studies and I hope you enjoy your GDL year.

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