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Alexia

Alexia Savar, from Leeds, had originally applied to another University to study Law. However, while taking part in a summer school in Newcastle while awaiting her A level results she heard about Northumbria University’s pioneering Integrated Masters course.

The MLaw (Exempting) course covers both the theory of law as well as the professional skills needed to succeed as a solicitor, meeting the requirements of a Qualifying Law Degree.

 

Alexia's Story

On A Level results day Alexia called Northumbria’s Clearing hotline and spoke to Senior Lecturer Tony Storey who explained more about the course and was able to offer her a place then and there. Speaking about her Clearing experience, Alexia said: “I had researched the course in advance and knew it would be perfect for me so as soon as the Clearing hotline opened on results day I called Northumbria to see if I could get a place.

“I was able to talk to the course leader which allowed me to ask questions and reassured me I was definitely making the right choice. I already had the points required for the MLaw course so was offered a place while on the phone. Once I got in touch with Northumbria the whole process of changing my course was relatively quick and straightforward.

“Changing my mind quite late in the application process was a bit scary and it did mean I had to be released from my original course through UCAS before I could accept my new course at Northumbria. But I’m really glad I did as I’m really enjoying the course and I know I made the right decision.”

One element of the MLaw (Exempting) course that Alexia has particularly enjoyed has been working with Northumbria University’s award winning Student Law Office, in which students work alongside qualified legal professionals to offer a free legal advice and representation service to the public. Set up in 1991, the Student Law Office handles hundreds of cases each year, covering a wide variety of legal practice including employment, housing, benefits, consumer, family, crime, criminal injury compensation appeals, civil disputes, business advice, freedom of information and human rights.

The work students carry out includes writing letters on behalf of clients, helping to negotiate settlement, advising on court procedures and even representation at court or tribunal hearings.

Alexia said: “The Student Law Office is a great way to get real life experience, working alongside real solicitors. It gives you more of an idea of what working in the legal field is really like and sets Northumbria apart from other Universities offering Law degrees.”

As well as her work in the Student Law Office, Alexia was keen to gain additional work experience so also organised a placement with Bailoran Solicitors in her home city of Leeds.

The practice was set up by John Bailes, a Northumbria alumnus himself who also undertook the MLaw (Exempting) course, graduating in 2000. The firm specialises in Dispute Resolution, Company & Personal Insolvency, Company & Commercial Law and Debt Recovery.

Alexia works at the practice one day a week while studying, as well as extra during holidays, carrying out a variety of duties.

She said: “I’ve always been really keen to get as much experience as I can while I’m studying. Working in a real solicitors practice allows me to put into practice what I’m learning at University. I’ve also been able to try different areas of law and work out what I like best and which area I want to specialise in when I graduate.”

When asked what advice she would give to other students considering applying to Northumbria University through the Clearing process, Alexia said: “Make sure you research the course you’re interested in beforehand if possible and have a list of any questions at the ready when you call in. Other than that just try and stay calm as the people on the other end of the phone will do everything they can to help you.”

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

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