Student experiences - Philippines
Angel Goldstrom - MA in Law
I am a registered nurse and came to the UK initially to work but began contemplating further studies. The education system in the Philippines follows the American education system that is very different from here. However, this did not deter me from my ambition of becoming a solicitor and began researching places where I could study. The search had led me to apply to three different universities in England and Wales. I was about to send the acceptance letter when I found out online that University of Bristol offers a two-year postgraduate qualifying law degree. Moreover, the university has an excellent reputation not only in law but in other areas as well. Choosing to do the degree was not difficult and by spreading the course into two years I was able to gain greater depth and understanding of the English Legal System. It had been a steep learning curve but the support I received from my tutor, lecturers and other students has been wonderful.
Studying at Bristol has helped me further develop critical thinking skills whilst being able to give opinion even if it is different from others. The university has helped me develop a sense of self-discipline in terms of self-directed study and being able to reflect on the things that I have learned in order to arrive at a conclusion. Additionally, the university’s IT system was able to let me access journals even at home thus helping me with research; Blackboard software was a very useful tool as lecture and seminar notes, podcasts, past exams, and practice essays were accessed easily.
I was also involved within the university’s Innocence Project and the Law Clinic Clients are able to source verified legal advice at no cost to the user to enable him to pursue his case without paying exorbitant fees. Participating meant being able to apply classroom skills to practical legal problems, which was developmental in nature. As well as benefiting the prospective claimant or aggrieved party, there is an insight into the application of legal practice and a flavour of possible career.
Bristol is a city that one can easily fall in love with. It is a vibrant and diverse city that offers places to visit such as Clifton Suspension Bridge, The Downs, and St Nicholas’ Market. The university is minutes away from Hippodrome where I was able to watch shows like Miss Saigon, Mama Mia! and Madame Butterfly. Catching the train at Temple Meads can take you to Bath or Cardiff easily. Friends and I were able to explore Cheddar Gorge and Longleat Safari Park. Watching and listening to cases being heard at Bristol’s Crown Court and Magistrate’s Court were enlightening.
I would definitely recommend prospective students to apply to the University of Bristol as I have found that the quality of education is excellent and studying here will give students enriching and liberating experiences.