Roy Rollings - Trainee Solicitor
Choosing Law at Derby
I attended a number of open days at various universities before setting my heart on Derby. I was sold on the University when I spoke to lecturers who had a true and in-depth understanding of their subject area, as well as the experience of working in the legal profession which when combined has the easy potential for first class teaching. They certainly did not fail to deliver!
In addition to that, it was clear to me that Derby placed a great emphasis on getting graduates into employment after their degree, which meant mentor programmes, external and internal competitions, support services and much more were on offer to not only help you navigate a challenging three year degree but also to prepare you for the working world when you leave.
The social aspects of University were a major highlight for me. I met some lifelong friends who I am regularly in touch with today. I was fortunate to be able to get involved with the Student Law Society and Debating Society, as well as undertake a mentor programme with a solicitor from a local law firm.
Other highlights include participating in the annual internal mooting competition and the National Client Interviewing Competition, all of these experiences added to an educational, social and most of all, enjoyable experience during my degree. There are many extra-curricular activities available to students at Derby, I can`t emphasise how important it is to get involved, not only for the enjoyment that participating brings, but also for the benefits to your longer term career aspirations.
Helping me in my career
I am now a Trainee Solicitor at Bird Wilford and Sale Solicitors in Leicestershire. My first seat is in Planning Law with a specific focus on s106 planning and infrastructure agreements for residential and mixed use schemes with a special emphasis on sustainable urban extensions, planning appeals, High Court challenges, Judicial Review proceedings, certificates of lawful use, enforcement and village green inquiries.
The practical elements to the course meant that when I left Derby I had the confidence and ability to advocate well and equally to understand the application of law in practice. Both of these are attributes required by any solicitor and I firmly believe my time at Derby gave me the ability to achieve employment at an extremely competitive time for legal graduates.
As I have mentioned above, the spectrum of extra curricular activities and the support network in place through lecturers and the careers advice service which are available to all students are invaluable for helping you achieve your potential. Careers talks arranged by Derby Law School are aimed at giving guidance on how to achieve your career goals, as well as exploring the many areas of the profession open to graduates. Combining the opportunities available means that you will be in the best possible place to achieve employment in your chosen area when you leave the University of Derby.
I would certainly recommend the LLB at Derby to any aspiring law student and would love to do it all over again!