JEMIMAH GIBLETT, 22, is studying law at the University of Canterbury after growing up in Nelson.

 

Describe your course of study

I am in my final year of study towards an LLB with a focus on commercial law.

 

The best thing about my course is…

Law is intellectually challenging and stimulating. During the final years of study I have enjoyed being able to choose specific areas of law to study. From second year I developed an interest for commercial law and being able to study commercial subjects in depth in later years has reinforced that interest.

 

The hardest part is…

I tend to have lots of extra-curricular commitments and sometimes it can be difficult to juggle those commitments with study – especially as assignment due dates all tend to be around similar times.

 

I like studying here because…

UC provides many opportunities to put legal skills into practice. I have had the opportunity to volunteer at Community Law and being part of Law for Change Canterbury. Law for Change in particular is a new club on campus so it has been interesting determining what the club’s niche shall be and creating events that engage law students with real world topics.

 

Skills I’m learning include…

Studying law teaches many skills including: analytical and communication skills, time management, and research skills. During first year we were told by a lecturer that they would change the way we think which I think is exactly what happened! I definitely think and approach challenges differently.

 

I’m good at this because…

I enjoy solving problems and analysing situations. But there are also knacks to learn to succeed with law which are picked up during the first few years of study.

 

You would love this course if you are:

Analytical and are willing to put in hard work. Some of the law papers require memorisation of facts and cases which requires diligence or a photographic memory!

 

I got into this because…

I started studying law almost by accident as I did not know a lot about it and thought I should give first year a try. As I progressed through the law degree I became more and more fascinated with the different topics and realised that this was a career path I wanted to follow.

 

A typical day includes…

In final year there are about two hours of lectures a day (depending on what day the lectures are) which is supplemented with a few hours of studying either from textbooks or reading the cases taught in class. On top of that is any assignment work or exam preparation. Most days I will also have work to do for an extra-curricular activity and try to meet up with friends.

 

My study hours are…

My study hours depend on what part of the course we are up to. When it is close to exams and assignment due dates I can be doing 12 hours or more of study a day. During quieter times of the course study hours range between four and eight hours depending on how many classes I have a day and what extra-curricular activities are on.

 

Before studying here I was…

I came straight to university from college

 

I went to school at…

Nayland College in Nelson

 

In five years I think I’ll…

To be honest I have no idea where I’ll be in five years time. Law is great because there are so many different pathways to take. I am starting in a commercial law firm next year and I will see what opportunities arise from there.

 

The weirdest/funniest/craziest thing that’s happened to me so far while studying was…

Being able to plan two inter-club balls. At university there are many clubs to be involved in so when I was part of a club committee I chose to organise balls in order to bring several clubs together. I loved being able to organise events and create memorable experiences for others.

 

If you’d like to study in this field, my advice is…
Talk to people who have studied law or who work in the legal profession. Keep in mind that studying law is different from practicing law – I have found this evident when volunteering at Community Law. Even if being a lawyer does not interest you, studying law may still prove beneficial due to the many opportunities available to law graduates.

 

For more info on studying law at University of Canterbury, click here.

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