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Bethany - Jaytee Foundation Scholarship recipient

Name: Bethany Raybould

Course: Law

What do you like about Northumbria?

Studying at Northumbria has been a great experience so far. The student accommodation they offer made the transition into university life much easier. Getting to meet new people and being so close to campus made balancing university work with social activities possible. The city campus library is great to go to catch up on work and focus on end of semester exams.

What is your favourite part of your course?

My favourite part of the law course is the Student Law Office. The practical side to the law degree is much more enjoyable than the regular modules with end of semester assignments. Having experience working in the law firm, with clients and solicitors and learning to draft legal documents has allowed me to gain skills transferable to a career in the legal sector. Not having had the chance to do any practical work would have left me feeling a lot less confident going straight into a job after university.

What benefits has the scholarship provided? 

The scholarship has provided me with funds to be able to make the most of my time at university. Textbooks are expensive and without the funding from the scholarship I would not have been able to afford all the necessary books and potentially not have done as well on my modules.

Has your scholarship influenced your future career goals in any way?

My future goals for after university include getting a training contract at a law firm. I aspire to work in a law firm that specialises in insolvency, corporate law, or dispute resolution. With the scholarship funding, I have been able to travel to insight events in different cities at law firms to meet and network with other trainees and solicitors.

If you could give advice to somebody considering university, what would it be?

A piece of advice I would give to somebody considering university would be to make the most of the opportunities university provide. I didn’t realise how valuable networking is while at university, especially for a degree like law. Meeting other people and students going into the same profession as you makes it a lot less daunting actually going into it after university. Get to know as many people as possible, you can never have too many connections!


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