Sarah Pyle, part-time LLB student

Sarah Pyle received a First Class Honours degree along with a clutch of awards after studying an LLB part-time for four years. Despite the pressure of juggling her studies with job commitments and family obligations, Sarah embraced every opportunity her course presented.

Pro bono work and placements 

Sarah volunteered with the Derbyshire Appropriate Adult Service, which offered an invaluable insight, not only into the criminal justice system, but also into how vulnerable people are affected by welfare benefit and homelessness legislation.

She also undertook a placement with the Pathway Project, a voluntary organisation that supports and assists victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. You can read more about how Derby students are helping the Pathway Project here.

Winning competitions and opportunities

One of Sarah’s most rewarding experiences was winning the Blackstone’s National Criminal Advocacy Competition with fellow part-time student Maurice Lister. As a result of her success in the event, His Honour Judge Murphy invited her to marshal with him at Woolwich Crown Court and she completed a mini pupillage in London, spending a week on a trial from start to finish at the Old Bailey.

Sarah says: “These experiences offered unrivalled opportunities to learn from seasoned, well-respected practitioners who were unfailing in their generosity of spirit and enthusiasm for the Law.”

“The Clinic module provides the chance to gain experience of real legal work, putting into practice what is learned in the classroom. It can help your CV or job application stand out from the crowd. Given that very few universities offer such a module, it is an outstanding opportunity to take advantage of.”

LLB graduate, Sarah Pyle, at Graduation “It is hard to describe just how dramatically my life has changed since starting my law degree at Derby. The course offers so many opportunities to experience new things, broaden your horizons, meet new people, and shape your future.”