Cheryl Lee's School of Law experience

Photograph of LLB student Cheryl Lee
Cheryl Lee
Final year LLB student
School of Law
2022
Cheryl Lee is a final year student studying for her LLB course at the School of Law. She talks to us about her motivations for choosing a course in Law, and her experiences doing just that at the University of Sheffield - from her studies and the affirmation of future career goals, through to her involvement in the renowned Edward Bramley Law Society.

My time at the School of Law has been a highly positive one and has strongly affirmed and influenced the direction of my future goals. Over the three years, I’ve gained a wide set of interpersonal skills and grown as an individual.


Growing up as an outspoken and opinionated individual, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the legal sector from a young age. From being interested in human rights and becoming a voice in that area, to finding my passion in the area of dispute resolution – my journey and experience at the School of Law has definitely shaped my interests.

The LLB course at the University of Sheffield is one of the most unique in the country. The course structure is extremely flexible, and allows students to get exposure in up to 18 areas of the law within the 3 years of the course. In my second year, I was given the opportunity to select 12 optional modules from a list of over 40 choices. This allows students to explore different areas of the law before deciding on the area of law that they enjoy the most and want to pursue a career in. As I was interested in dispute resolution, I had the opportunity to study a module on International Commercial Arbitration that exposed me to the theoretical and practical practise of arbitration. This experience helped reaffirm my interest and goals to pursue a career in this area.

Cheryl attending a dinner party and sat at the pre-set dinner table

A large part of my experience at University is my involvement in the Edward Bramley Law Society. From being an active mooting participant in first year to being appointed as Mooting Secretary in my second year, I had the opportunity to be on both the giving and receiving end of advocacy trainings and opportunities. Mooting might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a perfect chance to practice different skills such as verbal advocacy and legal reasoning skills. In my final year, I was then appointed as the Academic and Careers Secretary for the Society, where I organised and hosted a wide range of events and connected the members of the Society to various opportunities.

Safe to say, the Edward Bramley Law Society has been a highlight of my time at University and also a huge support in the career paths of the Law Students at the University. The Society has also been recognised at the 2021 LawCareers. Net Law Society Awards, where we were nominated for the ‘Best Law Society’ Award and ‘Best Society for First Years’ Award. We then went on to take home the ‘Best at Student Engagement’ Award.

Cheryl practicing cheerleading with 3 others. Cheryl has been lifted by the others.

The teaching and support at the University of Sheffield School of Law is also highly commended. As the course offers a wide range of module choices, including niche areas of Law, many of our academics and lecturers are highly regarded and experienced in their respective expertise and jurisdictions. The Careers Service at the School also offers a lot of support and advice in applications for Graduate jobs and further education.

I am also proud to say that the School of Law highly regards mental wellbeing among students and staff. The Director of Student Wellbeing and a team of Wellbeing Ambassadors at the School of Law often host events and run webinars and drop-in sessions to offer wellbeing support to all students. ‘The Law Lounge’ is a Podcast hosted and introduced by the Wellbeing team, where students and staff come together to raise awareness of mental wellbeing among Law students.

Overall my time at the School of Law has been a highly positive one and has strongly affirmed and influenced the direction of my future goals. Over the three years, I feel I've gained a wide set of interpersonal skills and grown as an individual.

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