Sara’s expertise in Law has developed over time.
As an international student Sara at first found the academic language necessary for a law degree challenging. The more she read and practiced using it however, the more freely she began to use it.
This has helped her to be able to analyse and formulate her own arguments in a concise yet professional manner.
Law has also widened Sara’s global perspective and shown her how to adapt to a constantly changing world.
What are the top attributes you’ve developed through your degree?
Develop effective written and spoken English:
As an international student I’ve struggled a bit with the academic English and also studying Law, it’s a completely different language even if you are English. Having to develop an ability to just read academic text naturally and to be able to assess them, be able to speak about it as if it’s using my own words, it’s something that I’ve become much, much better at, I speak a lot more freely now than I did a year and a half ago when I first came here.
Apply my analytical skills to investigate unfamiliar problems:
My communication skills have really improved because I spend so much time reading and so much time assessing what I’m reading and trying to formulate what I’ve read in my own words.
The more time you spend studying something, the more time you spend reading it, the more interesting it becomes so the fact that an expertise isn’t something that you naturally have, or some of the time you do. It’s something that you can develop and the importance of having an expertise in the modules that you do, even if it’s just going to be a quite narrow expertise – it’s still going to be so valuable when it actually comes down to, as in my case, writing an exam.
What are the top attributes you’ve developed through a chosen module?
Produce analyses which are grounded in evidence:
My ability to research in the module which is International Environmental Law, because in this module I have to write a dissertation – the reason I chose this module is because I want to do a Masters and so I want to practice writing a dissertation. Writing a dissertation is all about researching and I’ve really learnt to go through material quickly, go through a large amount of material quickly and be able to find what’s important in that.
Curiosity and openness to change:
You can’t learn something and then be fine with that, you need to have that in mind but then you need to also be aware that there is going to be changes and even if not in the particular area, there might be a change in another area which affects the area which you have learnt, so just being able to be flexible and kind of link everything you learn together and just really realise that even though what you learn is quite substantive the world is always changing and it’s always going to change.
Accept the responsibilities that come from taking a global perspective:
I have a different global perspective of the world now than I had before. I’ve realised, first of all, the importance of International Law and the difficulty there is with International Law because there is no higher power than the international organisations. It’s so difficult to make people do what you want them to do or to make a country join a convention because there’s nothing that tells them that they have to. I think I’ve learnt how to see the world in a different way where everything isn’t right or wrong, but where a lot of wrong is being committed because they’re not obliged to do what’s right.