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Alexandra Sermon

Career Path: Solicitor at Clarke Willmott from 2002-2008. Law lecturer at Weston College.
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What are you doing now?Alexandra Sermon

I teach Law at A level and degree level. In addition, I act as a personal tutor to approximately 25 students. I have recently been appointed as an examiner for A level Law by AQA exam board.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals / give your career an edge?

My degree offered a unique selling point when it came to promoting my skills in job applications and also interviews. I secured my training contract towards the end of my second year of study and this provided me with a huge amount of motivation as I knew where my degree course was taking me. In addition, my dissertation focused on the issue of consent in relation to organ retention and this also enabled me to secure my training contract with the very firm that was leading on a multi-party action in this area.

What was the best thing about your course?

The practical nature of the course. For exams, I was studying tort law alongside the rules of evidence and procedure. The workshops provided an opportunity for me to develop my practical application skills which are so vital for the legal profession. The emphasis of the course is solely focused on preparing students for entering the profession not just in terms of the knowledge but also the skills required for being in practice. The facilities were also fantastic with access to the main library as well as a specialist law library with all the latest law reports, journals and articles. The mock courtroom was also brilliant and provided a realist environment in which to moot.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now/throughout your career?

Legal research, structuring an argument and developing my persuasive writing skills.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

Studying law and feeling a sense of accomplishment whilst living and working in such a vibrant city!

What advice would you give somebody who is thinking of studying at Northumbria?

I advise my students to study law at Northumbria! If they want a practice-based, highly respected degree course, Northumbria University is the place to go.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Worthwhile, engaging and vibrant.

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