Alistair is from Wylam, Northumberland. He came to university straight after school.

He says, “I also wanted to work hard for a better prospect in the career job market, in my view work experience will get you through the job gate but it is a degree that will open more gates for you.

“I am interested in the law as a political and social instrument. I am a good theorist and analytical thinker who likes to debate politics so law was more interesting to me than the scientific subjects.”

This is a small course which allows greater student/lecturer interaction which is great if you do not understand a difficult concept idea. It also allows greater discussion amongst the lecture which for someone who likes debates is brilliant.

He adds, “When I arrived at the UoC I was still depressed about my lower than expected A-level grades and it was sapping my self-confidence. I talked to my personal tutor and I was put through into the student support service at the university where I was tested by a professional educational psychologist. It turned out that I suffered from a form of dyslexia, which was not picked up upon in my high school and was the reason I failed in my A-levels. This was a massive boost in my self-confidence and I will always be grateful to the UoC for giving me the benefit of the doubt when accepting me. Coming to university has provided me with the opportunity to pursue a legal career.”

Alistair’s advice is to “make every moment of your university experience count as it is over too soon.”


Our close connections to local law firms and excellent extracurricular activities allow you to make links within the industry and get real life legal experience to enhance your CV. No wonder we were considered the number 1 Law department within the north west (Guardian League Tables 2018).

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