After completing her Two-Year Intensive LLB Law Degree, Becky Barrick has gone on to work as a Graduate Law Tutor for the University of Northampton.
Talking about her time at the University of Northampton, Becky explains how her time at University, has “enormously helped to improve my confidence. I have also developed my public speaking skills through assessments such as presentations, group lead seminars, and practical legal skills assessments (mooting, client interviewing and negotiation)”.
Becky also learnt how to work “successfully within a team that encompassed different personalities, which has certainly helped me within the workplace. I believe that I have flourished at university and achieved things that I doubted I could achieve”.
Becky also worked as a Legal Clerk on a 9-week criminal trial at Northampton Crown Court. Speaking about this criminal trial, Becky said “This was a fantastic experience and increased my passion for criminal law”. Becky’s passion for the subject has caused her to decide on “completing a Masters this September”.
Reflecting on her degree, Becky believes that the Intensive Law Degree (two-year) course “tremendously helped improve my time management skills”. Now working as a Graduate Tutor, the skills that Becky developed during her studies have allowed her to “prioritise my workload, manage my own diary, arrange student appointments and complete various tasks efficiently”.
Becky’s main responsibility is “to provide in-class, one-to-one and small group support to undergraduate law students”, but she also has opportunity to “lead and organise second year law workshops, and additional academic sessions outside of the curriculum”. For Becky, she finds it “most rewarding when I can engage with a student on a similar level and help them to understand something”.
Reflecting on her time at the University of Northampton, Becky remembers how unsure she was about starting a degree in Law, but then, during her first year, Becky won the Shoosmiths Prize for the Best Overall Academic Performance by a Law Student, and the FG Solicitors Prize for the Best Overall Academic Performance by a student on the Intensive LLB Programme. For Becky, these achievements helped her “believe in myself and reiterate that I had chosen the right career path”.
For others thinking about studying the Law LLB degree, Becky advises you to “always make sure you try your best and put yourself out there: you will make valuable connections, and there are a lot of people who are willing to help and have your best interests at heart if the right opportunity arises”.
Most importantly, Becky’s time studying at the University of Northampton has meant that she feels like she has been treated as “a student with a name and personality, not a number”, and whilst she is still uncertain of her long-term career goal, her time studying Law at Northampton has meant that she would like to continue studying Law, and ultimately, “would love to be in a career that I have been passionate about and thoroughly enjoyed”.