Mackenzie Burnet, MA in Law
Why did you decide to apply for your course at Bristol?
During my third year studying my undergraduate degree in Canada, I was ready to begin the process of writing the LSAT and applying for Canadian Law Schools when a professor of mine suggested studying abroad. After some research and an extensive look at my options in the UK I came across the MA course at Bristol University which seemed to fit perfectly with my background. Not only was the course at a postgraduate level which would compliment my undergraduate degree but additionally it allowed me to condense an otherwise three year law degree into only two years. Together, these two features presented a very attractive option over other universities in the UK and after some further correspondence with staff at the University of Bristol and some research into how the degree could be recognised in Canada, I was certain that this program was what I was looking for.
What do you like best about your course?
The size of the MA course is a nice and small course which definitely enhanced my experience at Bristol University. With such a small group of students we had the opportunity to get to know our fellow course mates and professors very well. I think this added a lot to the learning experience and allowed me to gain more from the course beyond what was offered in lecture and seminar time.
What do you think of the University’s academics and facilities?
The facilities at the university offered a great variety of study spaces to rotate between throughout term time. Between the traditional libraries such as the Wills Memorial Library and more modern study spaces such as the Senate House and Student Union I could always find a good place to do some work or socialize throughout the year and in particular during exam time. These facilities not only offered a good variety of study spaces but also access to various material for studying such as textbooks, up to date journals, computers and printers.
What would you like to do once you’ve got your degree?
Now that I have my degree I plan to stay in Bristol and discover the professional side of the city working in a Law Firm. Because I only recently decided to stay in the UK instead of going back to Canada, I never got around to applying for Training Contracts so I will be working as a paralegal, getting a feel for the industry and putting my knowledge into practice.
Is there anything you would want to tell prospective students considering studying Law?
I would certainly recommend the MA course to any students who have completed an undergraduate degree and are interested in Law. This course will allow you to gain all the necessary knowledge to practice law, but also leaves some room for you to pursue your own specific interests with an optional unit which may even cater to your existing education. I think there is a lot of value in this course as it doesn't just skim the basic concepts that are necessary to pursue a career in law but gives you the opportunity to engage with the law both theoretically and practically. Beyond the academic work there are endless opportunities for students to get involved in extra curricular activities through the law school and its associated clubs which are unparalleled to anything I ever thought would be available.