Manchester Metropolitan University

Undergraduate Student Profile

Read what our Undergraduate students say about their course at Manchester Law School

Kemmi Heath-McDonald

Over the summer I undertook work experience with Bhatt Murphy, which was as a direct result of a link given to us by the careers office staff.

I decided to come to Manchester Metropolitan University after attending an open day, and feeling that it felt ‘just right’ for me. Everyone I met at the open day, from support staff to tutors, was really nice and made me feel very welcome. I wanted to study away from home in Liverpool, but to be close enough to go home for the weekend. Before I began this course I took a year out which I spent working in a law firm in Liverpool.

The facilities here are great, especially the library where I spend a lot of my time. There’s a quiet zone and a silent zone too so it’s perfect for getting on with course work.

In terms of workload, we have an hour workshop and an hour lecture for each unit, which has to be topped up with four to six hours of preparation for each unit. On days when I don’t have timetables lectures or workshops I go to the library to complete my prep work.

The careers office is very keen to help students, and constantly sends out information about jobs. I recently found out about and attended an open day in London, through the University’s association with Aspiring Solicitors. Over the summer I undertook work experience with Bhatt Murphy, which was as a direct result of a link given to us by the careers office staff.

They also send out regular emails about legal work experience or training contracts, and basically offer us any support they can. I have been able to book personal meetings to discuss my aspirations, and applications for vacation schemes.

The Law Society also puts on regular talks from visiting professionals too, which are really good. Last year I attended an event at which a death row inmate spoke, and we’ve even had Judge Rinder!

I had to move back to Liverpool after my first year and, although I now commute, I feel it is worth it. My tutors were supportive of my decision, and they allowed me to swap around lectures so it could fit with my needs. Whatever I’ve needed in terms of support I have found it. Staff have an open door policy, or you can drop them an email and they’ll always respond. Their support is definitely one of the reasons I chose to study here.

Studying in Manchester is great, and it’s a real student city.