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Nafisa Alom

Law with Criminology - LLB (Hons)

Nafisa had originally planned to study psychology, but something didn’t sit right with her and her interests. So, she asked to switch courses. Now, two and a half years down the line, Nafisa is flourishing on our Law with Criminology degree and already feels ready to tackle her chosen profession.

“I did not always want to study my chosen subject - in fact, I wanted to study psychology. At the end of my A Levels, I was unsure of whether I wanted to go into psychology or law. I remember coming along to one of the Open Days with little intention to look at law. But when I found myself on campus, I knew I had to look at law. When I did, I was mesmerised by the facilities BCU had to offer in the subject; a crown court and magistrates’ court… I’d not seen anything like this at any other university. But still, I had not made up my mind to change course.

Throughout the summer, though, something didn’t feel right. Along came A Level results day and I had got into BCU! I rang up just to enquire to see if I could change course… just to see. After a few conversations with students, administrators and academics, BCU allowed to me change onto the Law with Criminology course. I was so excited and I felt so relieved. I had no one telling me what I can and can’t do. I knew I had a challenge ahead of me but I was ready to take on anything that was thrown my way.

The challenges I have faced whilst studying Law have only rounded me into a more employable, confident and organised person, ready to enter the world of law. The increased amount of opportunities from our new Law Clinic has expanded the University’s access to national clients through internal and external networking events. It’s allowed me to gain relevant work experience in different types of law through small placements and voluntary work. This has even helped me to decide what area of law I’d like to go into once I’ve finished university, while at the same time enabling me to gain different types of experience which have made me more adaptable and confident as a person.

Academics have pushed me out of my comfort zone, making me feel prepared for my profession. Now I feel confident enough to speak in front of a large crowd in a courtroom. I can’t imagine where I’d be if it wasn’t for BCU.

The criminology side of the course has made my degree even more interesting and thrilling. The criminology department has taken us on some insightful trips, such as the visit to a prison to see the reality of life behind bars. They have also invited in some inspirational speakers, including an ex-prisoner, who was wrongfully jailed for 20 years. Guest speakers like this make the subject so interesting. The things that the University does for its students are extremely motivating and it only makes you want to get involved even more.

The University has done that much for me that I’ve decided to stay and carry on my studies and to take myself onto a postgraduate Law degree here at BCU. In carrying on my studies, I know that BCU will continue to offer me opportunities and relevant experience to develop my skills even more to ready me for a top job in the world of law. Our Law School already has a high percentage of graduates going into law roles six months after they graduate, and, with a postgraduate degree, I know I can land a great job as soon as I graduate. I dream of one day working for a top law firm in London.

I AM BCU means opportunity. I can showcase my story to anyone, because I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to study at such a great university on such a focused and interactive course."

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