Alex Cherry, LLB student
Alex Cherry is in his third year of a full time LLB degree. He's being mentored by Andrew Cochrane, Equity Partner at Flint Bishop Solicitors which has resulted in some paid work experience as a paralegal at Flint Bishop.
Choosing the right course and university
"I chose to study the LLB as it is a highly respected degree. I felt it would hold me in good stead, whether I desired to go into the legal profession or have a career in business.
"I chose Derby as I was drawn firstly to its impressive academic and non-academic facilities and secondly to the University's unique practical approach to teaching, through modules such as Legal Context, Skills and Ethics and Advanced Legal Skills. I learn a lot better when I am able to put my academics into practice, therefore Derby was the only university for me."
My experience so far
"The course is engaging, interesting and hard work. The lecturers are either practising or have practised so are always able to bring the legal content back to its practical sense to provide you with a greater depth of understanding.
"The course contains plenty of work – you have to keep up with the workload to attain the higher grades – however the assessments are not just dry essays, they test your knowledge and abilities in different ways, which keeps you on your toes."
Preparation for my career
"The course has been incredible at preparing me for my career. I have learned and developed skills such as negotiating, mooting, interviewing, witness examination and more, most of which other law students won’t look at until their LPC or training contract.
"The course has equipped me with masses of academic legal knowledge whilst providing me with practical skills and commercial awareness.
"As well as this the staff provide plenty of assistance including: interview practice, career advice, networking opportunities and several schemes with the local profession to help improve your employability and professional networks."
"My mentor is Andrew Cochrane. He is a solicitor, partner and head of Licensing for Flint Bishop LLP. He has provided me with loads of helpful advice about applying for positions in law firms. He has set up meetings with other solicitors practising in my area of interest and also set up meetings with the firm's HR department to look over my CV, covering letters and applications.
"As well as this he has actually provided me with paid part-time work as a paralegal within his firm."
The most enjoyable aspects
"My third year has been most enjoyable academically as I have been able to choose my modules, allowing me to study the topics I am most interested in. This year, I was also fortunate enough to be elected in as the Law Society President, therefore me and 12 others have been working together to provide lots of opportunities for our fellow students as well as social events.
"My first and second years were a lot of fun, as I played Rugby and Basketball for the University."
Life after the LLB
"I am currently applying for training contracts and graduate schemes. I plan to either train as a solicitor and go into corporate or commercial law, or go into business consultancy. I want to be involved with the commercial world, whether it is inside or outside of the legal profession."