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Pathways mentors

Iqra Ali

LLB Law, 2015-2018

I have always wanted to be a lawyer in the future and so I chose to study Law at sixth form. This proved to be advantageous as when I began studying Law at university, I had come across many of the legal cases and terms before and so revision was made a little easier. The other subjects I chose were Economics and English as these were both essay-based subjects and so fitted well with what I wanted to study at university. I chose to study Law at Exeter due to its excellent reputation as a Russell Group University and the attractive choice of modules available, particularly in the third year. I absolutely love being an Exeter student because there is so much going on at the university each day, so I have no time to get bored! I use a lot of my time to gain some work experience in the legal sector as I want to become a commercial lawyer in London, so I have secured some work placements with London firms such as Ashurst LLP and Hogan Lovells, as well as an internship with Wiseman Lee LLP.

I was a Pathways to Law student at UCL and graduated in July 2014. This was a wonderful experience as I gained insights into the Bar and also at a law firm of solicitors. The work placement I undertook at a commercial law firm, Cooley LLP,  and the visits to the Inner Temple where I networked with barristers, truly made me understand which route I wanted to take in the legal profession. When I graduated from Pathways, I wanted to give something back to the programme for giving me such invaluable insight into the legal world. I decided to become a Pathways to Law Mentor because I wanted to assist students in deciding whether or not a law degree was for them and also to ensure that they had no unanswered questions with regards to life as a university student. Other than e-mentoring students, I have also been involved in helping out on trips such as local court visits and visits to other Pathways universities such as the University of Bristol. I enjoy supporting academic sessions and assisting my mentees on-line by helping to review their personal statements for their UCAS applications. This has been a fantastic experience so far as I feel that I am making a difference to a student’s academic life and providing my support wherever necessary. I feel very lucky to be an Exeter student and having the opportunity to help sixth-form students who were in the same position as me, not so very long ago.