Victoria Marie Gabrielli
Law with Politics LLB
Why did you choose this course at The University of Manchester Law School?
Having lived in many different countries with fundamentally diverse political and legal systems (from democracy in Belgium and Italy to dictatorship in Tunisia and very controversial systems in Morocco and Dubai) understanding and criticise the legal and political world was for me a very important will. Also, having seen extreme poverty and extreme wealth made me think about how our world function. Therefore, I was revolted to see how certain classes of the population are not equals facing health services for example.
I believed that Politics will help me understand the world order and the reasons behind inequalities that societies are dealing with, and that the Law will give me the opportunity to understand in a more concrete way the relationships between people.
Furthermore, Manchester is for me, a city that represents my international background as the university and the city are extremely cosmopolitan. I might be a bit Utopian but I feel that this University is prestigious without being elitist. Law is reputed to be very elitist but for me The University of Manchester regarded us as interesting individuals no matter our social condition.
What do you most enjoy about studying here?
As said before, I think that the diversity of this University is a great point. We always learn from each other experiences and culture. I almost always feel welcome by everyone. At first, I had difficulties to express myself in English as it is not my native language. However, I was very encouraged by teachers and students and I never felt ashamed of making mistakes.
I feel that this University is also very interesting as people take their work very seriously without being pretentious. There is a certain simplicity and kindness that I never experienced before as International French schools are very elitist in the teaching methods and people easily creates boundaries between each other. I enjoy the subject that I am studying as I found it very simulating.
Also, Manchester is a big city without being a place where you feel anonymous. I also like the fact that this University considers passions are very important. I can continue surfing thanks to the Surf Society.
What has been the highlight of your course so far?
Studying Public Law last year was very simulating for me as I learned a way more about the British legal system which was for me totally unfamiliar. I now, believe that my convictions about how a legal system should function is a way closer to the British one than to the French one for example.
I also really enjoy studying about social Justice this year and cannot wait to learn more about Intellectual Property Law in third year.
Have you been involved in any of the Law societies or events?
Yes, I usually go to the Law dinners. I really enjoyed the last career’s diner as it was a great opportunity to meet Lawyers and experimented people.
It also helped me to know more about certain Legal firms that I am looking forward to work with in the future.
What are your plans after graduation, and how do you feel studying at Manchester has prepared you?
After graduation, I would like to gain more work experience. It will also be in my view important to give myself some time to explore my passions like surf, design, fashion art, Jazz music and Drama. I also plan to do an internship.
I would like to pass the LPC and work for a legal firm as an Intellectual property lawyer especially dealing with film or music productions. I also will be interested to work with fashion and designer brands.
What advice would you give to new Law students at Manchester?
To try to take your work seriously but also take it as a passion. Imagine that the materials that we are dealing with are concretely used in the legal professional world.
I can add that your personality and experiences matters.