Leeds Law School

My memories of Leeds Law School

Alumni Billy Earl, who graduated in 2018, shares how his experience at Leeds Law School kickstarted his career in the industry.

Written By
Billy Earl
Published on 18 Jun 2020

On my final day at university, I chatted over cake with Supreme Court judge, Lady Black. We spoke, amongst other things, about my time at Leeds Law School and my plans for the future - when I was asked to write a few words about my time at university, this was the first memory I thought of. It’s a nice reminder of how far I was able to progress, both academically and personally. Lady Black telling my parents how well I had done just about made up for my Year 11 parents’ evening!

The opportunities for extra-curricular activity at Leeds Law School are immense; revising on sandy beaches, learning to surf, and diving with turtles to name but a few. All things I never expected to do when I first headed up to Yorkshire to study law, yet these are all things I did during my time at Leeds Law School. Well… some took place on a student exchange in Australia.

I participated in mooting, a form of debate which requires written and oral submissions on legal issues. It was so rewarding, helping to build my confidence and develop my public speaking skills.  It looks great on my CV - particularly being part of the team who reached the semi-finals of the prestigious Essex Court Mooting Competition. This success was possible because of the guidance and encouragement of our tutors and the alumni who came back to train us.

Another stand-out feature of Leeds Law School is its commitment to pro bono activities. Initiatives such as the Law Clinic that not only help the local community, but provide the chance for students to develop the key practical skills employers need. Today, working in the world’s leading litigation firm, I find myself undertaking many of the tasks I first learned as a Law Clinic volunteer.

I should also mention the Student Law Society. As a past president of the Society, I know how the socials, networking events (along with those organised by the University Careers Team) and other activities are central to what makes Leeds Law School such a great place to be.

My time at Leeds Law School was fundamental in preparing me for the demands of a career in law. I now work on some of the largest and most complex disputes in the world and make use of the skills I developed at university every day. Most importantly, I left Leeds Law School as a confident, inquisitive, and motivated graduate and with a wealth of treasured memories.

Whatever your passion or goal, at Leeds Law School you will be supported so you can reach your full potential.

Billy Earl

Billy Earl graduated from Leeds Beckett University in 2018. He currently works for Quinn Emmanuel in London.