Taniqua West


Taniqua West- Law student
Taniqua West (UK) visited a range of universities before choosing Manchester.

Why did you choose this course? 

I chose to study Law at Manchester as I have seen close-up how the law has affected individuals, whether it be through my voluntary work or due to personal circumstances.

I researched and visited a number of universities, but it was The University of Manchester Law School that stood out to me straightaway. The facilities across campus are outstanding and within the Law department itself it was clear that the academics had a real passion for their subjects, not just in theory but also in practice.

One of the things I value most is the level of support on offer both through academic staff and the support staff. Having so many different people to be able to turn to if you are struggling, whatever the reason, was something else that confirmed why it was best for me to pick Manchester.

All of the staff want you to achieve the best you can and will do whatever they are able to ensure that you succeed.

What do you most enjoy about studying here?

I enjoy the fact that doing Law at Manchester is not just about reading textbooks. There are so many other methods of teaching along with societies and events to get involved with. These will all help you to develop an even deeper understanding of your subjects and give you insight into what it is like to practice as a solicitor or barrister.

This, I feel, helps students to realise whether a career in law is something they actually want to pursue and, if not, the alternatives open to them.

What has been the highlight of your course so far?

My highlight so far has been being able to be a part of the Pathways to Law programme and take the part as a witness in a mock trial conducted by the students.

It was a really fun way to introduce the sixth formers to courtroom procedure. I found the event to be a really successful way of showing the students what they are likely to be doing once they have graduated and it was extremely impressive to see how well the young people formulated and presented their arguments – even testing the knowledge of some of the current law students.

Have you been involved in any societies and events?

During my time at university, I have volunteered as a Student Adviser at the Legal Advice Centre helping clients who cannot afford legal advice.

I am also a Pathways to Law mentor to current Year 12 students, being someone they can turn to if they have questions concerning studying at Manchester, studying law or general student life queries.

I have recently also undertaken training to become a peer mentor to incoming students and complete both paid and unpaid work outside of university.

What are your plans after graduation? How do you feel studying at Manchester has prepared you for this?

After I graduate I hope to complete my LPC and secure a training contract. I have found the events put on by Manchester, such as employability sessions conducted by various law firms and networking events, have really helped me to gain a much clearer picture of what is expected of me and how best to achieve my goals.

These have been invaluable opportunities and ones I have not taken for granted, as I am aware that many other universities do not have the same level of contact with major law firms.

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

Whilst it is important to enjoy your time at university, I would say that it is never too early to think of improving your employability. Though this tends to be a lot more relaxed and informal as a new student, you shouldn’t underestimate just how important it is and how impressive it looks to employers that you have started taking your career path seriously from an early age.

Even if you are not sure which path you want to follow yet, by exploring the different options open to you it allows you to have a much more specific and informed reason as to why a certain career is not for you.