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Aspiring solicitor Jasmin Bateman has always been a high-achiever with her sights set on a career in law from an early age.

Back in August 2015, Jasmin secured excellent A-level grades but just missed out on the universities she’d originally applied to. As a result, and like thousands of other students that day, she found herself quickly having to re-evaluate her options.

Now in her third year of Northumbria’s unique MLaw Exempting programme, she says her experience of clearing ‘couldn’t have worked out better’ and she’s now heading towards a great future as a solicitor.


Jasmin's Story

Jasmin swapped her original plan to study a standard degree in Law, and instead opted for Northumbria’s pioneering integrated Masters in Law – which combines three years of undergraduate study with a final, fourth year Legal Practice Course (LPC). As a result, she’ll be able to go straight into a job as a graduate solicitor when she completes next year.

Looking back to A-level results day, she says Northumbria really stood out from other universities she’d approached on the telephone.

She explains: “When I spoke to Northumbria’s clearing team I felt instantly reassured. The advisers were lovely and talked to me like a real person, rather than just a set of grades. They were the first to congratulate me on my results and told me I’d be eligible for a place straight away. After a brief period of consideration, I accepted the offer.”

Jasmin feels like her decision to choose Northumbria was ‘meant to be’, and that the programme has offered her an ‘amazing’ experience that’s been jam packed with practical application and real-life experience from day one. As a result, she’s feeling confident about her future, and has already started to apply for graduate law jobs.

She says: “If I’d known back then what I know now about the MLaw Exempting course at Northumbria and the calibre of the university, its facilities and teaching staff, it would have been my first choice. The fact that the Legal Practice Course (LPC) aspect of my training is integrated into the four-year programme has given me a real head-start as we’ve already started covering some of the aspects of the LPC in year three. It also means the LPC is covered as part of my fees, under student finance, so I’m not in a situation where I have to find thousands of pounds upfront to pay for my LPC after graduation.”

She adds: “The best thing about the MLaw exempting programme is how practical and work-focused it is. Everything you cover is applied to real life and modern practice, from day one. In the final year, we get to hone our practical skills even further through Northumbria’s Student Law Office, where we work with real clients and take on real-life cases on their behalf. It offers a unique opportunity to really test out my knowledge and skills I can’t wait.”

Jasmin has high praise for her new home city of Newcastle, too. She says: “I love the city life and I live right in the heart of the centre which means absolutely everything I need is right on my doorstep. I can walk or cycle almost everywhere. It’s a big city but it feels compact – I couldn’t ask for more.”

Northumbria University has a limited number of places available for high quality students through Clearing this summer. For more information, visit or call the Clearing Hotline on 0800 085 1085.

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