Second year LLB Student – Lauren Whitehouse

Introducing LLB student and aspiring solicitor, Lauren

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren (@studylifehome) and I am a second year LLB student at the University of Nottingham.  I am from Birmingham (UK) and I love reading, sewing and exercise!

I have studied law since my A-levels and was initially drawn to the subject from watching crime documentaries. I was intrigued by the court structure and criminal justice system and this led me to take part in my college’s “Bar Mock Trial” which was a great opportunity for me to experience the work seen by criminal barristers. 

However, through my studies I have become more interested in the solicitor route and have been applying to large commercial firms in Birmingham. There are so many legal sectors to discover and I am always finding new areas that I love, so working for a large firm will give me the opportunity to dip into a few areas before specialising in one. 

My legal education so far has been challenging but also very rewarding. I have really enjoyed learning about the law and applying this to my everyday life whilst also having the ability to help others with my knowledge. Application season alongside exams has been the most challenging aspect of my journey but it makes the break afterwards even more deserved and I have learned so many skills about balancing my time and staying positive.

My advice to those who are considering taking on this subject is to go for it! I absolutely love law and I couldn’t see myself learning any other subject, so if you’re passionate about it then there really is nothing stopping you! It is also really beneficial to get involved in as many things as you can to build your overall character for applications as well as allowing yourself to experience new things and meet new people. Law is a great subject that opens many doors to you so enjoy it and experience as much as you can.  

I have obtained work experience in a conveyancing firm so have an interest in property law but also love employment and negligence law so I am open to many things! I am also looking to work in a firm that prides community and pro bono work so I can continue volunteering and using my time to help individuals within my community. I currently have a role within my University’s FGM awareness group, am an intern at a Mental Health organisation and am working within a criminal appeal company. These experiences have been extremely valuable and shown me the importance of discovering new charities and making a difference in areas of society that I am interested in. 

I love to help other law students and give advice to those who are hoping to study law at university. You can find me on Instagram and Facebook and the link to my blog is in the bio where I write in-depth posts about my experiences. I also created my own small Etsy business where I create and sell study recourses for law students. I started this business due to the popularity of my home-made templates that I used for my own revision over on my Instagram, so I took the step to create a little business out of it! 

These experiences have all been very rewarding but it was a challenge to get to this stage due to my issues with anxiety and I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone to give new things a go and to sign up to anything I was interested in. Having a career in law does require a level of self confidence so by pushing myself to achieve these things I have grown massively as a person, so give it a go!

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