Mathura Yogeswaran

Law with Politics LLB (Hons)

Why did you choose this course at The University of Manchester Law School?

Mathura Yogeswaran
Mathura Yogeswaran moved to Manchester from Canada to study Law with Politics.

I initially went to a study abroad fair in Toronto, where the university had a stall and I was able to learn about the course and its requirements.

What I found most appealing was that it provided me with the opportunity study two areas which I have always been interested in without having to sacrifice one for the other.

This has given me a wide variety of skills and knowledge and as both fields connect well together I found it to be the perfect way to get two perspectives on one issue.

What do you most enjoy about studying here?

I find that the Law School has provided me with the support I need. They have offered numerous employability sessions that have also helped with thinking about what career path I may take.

Also, I have enjoyed the guest speakers organised by the University and the society events which have been both career and socially driven. Additionally, the city of Manchester is a diverse and beautiful city, which has made settling so much simpler!

What has been the highlight of your course so far?

I believe the highlight of my course so far has been that I had the opportunity to apply my knowledge to current events.

I was fortunate to be studying Law with Politics at a time where I was able to see how it is applied to the world events. Such examples include the UK Referendum on EU Membership, the 2016 US Elections and the most recent UK general election.

I think this made it more interesting to see its application and the issues surrounding these events easier to understand.

Have you been involved in any of the Law societies or events? 

During my 2nd year, I was an executive member for the Law Joint Honours Society as a graphic designer. It was an excellent way to meet new people, do something I enjoy and it looks good on your CV.

I also worked as a student ambassador by assisting with open and visit days. My role included giving campus tours and talking to perspective students about the course and give them the opportunity to learn about what Manchester has to offer!

What are your plans after graduation, and how do you feel studying at Manchester has prepared you?

My plans after graduation are to complete the National Committee of Accreditation and become a lawyer in Canada. I also hope to get involved within my community and work with my MP in Toronto while I work towards my accreditation and also get some experience with an NGO.

Before I came to Manchester, I envisioned myself as practicing criminal law but during my years of study I have greatly come to appreciate other fields of law such as constitutional and international public law. I have also become more interested in emerging fields such as legal tech and this would not have been possible without the sessions organised by the Law department.

Furthermore, as I studied two disciplines I feel I have more options when it comes to securing a job as I do not feel as restricted to doing a traditional legal job.

Name one valuable experience that you will take away with you that you could have only experienced at Manchester?

One valuable experience would be when I had the chance to volunteer for the data visualisation and decision-making in criminal courts event held in the Law School. It was a fantastic way to get involved around the department but also benefit from gaining insight into how the criminal courts utilise data.

I also had the opportunity to play the role of the defendant in a mock trial which was an excellent way to build on my public speaking skills and learn more about insider trading cases.

What advice would you give to new Law students at Manchester? 

My advice to new students at the Law School would be, to not be afraid to get involved early on, whether that is by working as a student ambassador, volunteer within the Legal Advice Centre, join societies, sports teams or attend employability sessions.

They are all great ways to meet new people and gain valuable skills while you complete your degree.