Daniel Holmes

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: Law
Year of graduation: 2024
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

What I enjoyed most from my time spent studying law was the problem questions. They were fictional scenarios based around something we had studied, requiring us to apply the law to specific facts and predict the likely outcome if the situations were real. This exercise significantly enhanced my critical thinking skills and mirrored the real-world application of law, providing valuable practice for my future legal career.

Some of the students were are profiling have in addition to their degree been awarded a departmental prize or award in recognition of their exceptional achievements. If this applies to you please can you tell us about the award you have received and what this award means to you?

I have received the Stowe Family Law prize, and this was for achieving the highest overall mark in the family law module. This award really means a lot to me because it recognises all of the hard work that I have put into my studies throughout the year. The award also includes an opportunity for five days of work experience at one of the biggest family law firms in the UK. This experience will be invaluable for my professional development, offering me first hand insight into the practice of family law, and the chance to learn from some of the best in the field.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Islamic Society

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

 The highlight of my time at Exeter was definitely the people I have met throughout my studies, it made being away from home much easier. It was really nice to meet people from all different walks of life, and they’re people that I’ll know for the rest of my life.

What will you miss the most about University?

I will miss the freedom of university life quite a lot. Being able to choose my own schedule around my lectures and seminars was refreshing, and I’m not sure how much I am looking forward to having a more regimented routine when I go to work!

What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)

 My advice to both current and future students is that it is really important to start your assignments as early as possible. This made a massive difference for me during my final year of university, as I did not have to rush everything last minute. Giving yourself enough time to do all the research you need, and compose an answer you are actually happy with gives you the best opportunity to achieve the highest grade. It is easy to think that you have a lot of time before your deadline so there is no need to panic right now, but it is always best to give yourself as much time as possible for each assignment.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

Now that I have graduated my plan is to start the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Exam) in September. From there my goal is to eventually achieve a training contract in a London firm.

 

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