Nadia Aljafri

LLB Law (KDU 2+1)

Nadia Aljafri

The best thing about being at Brookes was the close network between the students and the staff at the University. The lecturers and the staff in the Law Department, as well as my personal tutor were always supportive and willing to help me when I had any queries

I wanted to experience life as a law student both in Malaysia and in England. Having heard so much about the city of Oxford, the opportunity to study there was too great to resist. The cost of studying abroad played a huge part in my decision to choose a 2+1 law programme, and I found the KDU/OBU 2+1 LLB course reasonably priced and affordable.

Coming to the UK was an eye opener for me in so many ways. Respect and tolerance for a person’s opinions was certainly refreshing. I also enjoyed learning more about the culture and the ways of life in England. It was in England that I experienced my first winter, and it actually snowed! Having lived in the Tropics all my life, that was certainly a bonus.

The best thing about being at Brookes was the close network between the students and the staff at the University. The lecturers and the staff in the Law Department, as well as my personal tutor were always supportive and willing to help me when I had any queries. Being able to have access to the information on the Brookes website made life as a student at Brookes easier and I also appreciated that almost every staff and student at Brookes is contactable via email.

The lectures and seminars were interactive and enjoyable whilst providing students with the necessary information. I particularly liked that students were made to think and formulate their opinions and I met and got to know a few course mates who were always prepared to work together and discuss any doubts we had in relation to our studies. Brookes is filled with students from all over the world and I enjoyed meeting and interacting with people from different ethnical and cultural backgrounds.

Living in Oxford was an unforgettable experience. Oxford is a beautiful, historical, safe, student-friendly city with plenty to do. The night life was brilliant! Plus, London is just an hour away by bus. Transport is made easy for students, and most places are within walking distance. I enjoyed exploring Oxford, as well as experiencing various occasions or celebrations such as St. Paddy’s and learning how to punt (a must for the adventurous)!

I lived in comfortable halls of residence, which was great, and had my own room with an attached bathroom. The room was relatively small, but it was ideal for a student staying alone. The rooms and the equipment provided, such as the telephone in my room and the kitchen equipment were well maintained. Staying in halls with a mixed group of students was such fun. My flatmates were really nice and supportive, which made my experience of living in halls so enjoyable.

After graduating from Brookes, I returned to Malaysia. I am currently a pupil in chambers at a law firm based in Kuala Lumpur, having completed the Malaysian Bar examinations. Unlike in England, the practise of law in Malaysia is joined together, and therefore there is no distinction between a barrister and solicitor. I plan to continue practising law in the future, and continue to support those who champion Human Rights both in Malaysia as well as on an international scale. Learning to formulate and most importantly voice my opinions and ideas has certainly been beneficial, both during my time at University and now at the work place.

As a KDU student going to Brookes, most students face various challenges especially during the first few months in England. Adjusting to your new environment and learning to adapt to your new surroundings as soon as possible would definitely take you a long way. Be open to new ideas and to meeting people. Help is readily available at Brookes, so don’t feel like you are alone. Your experience at Brookes depends largely on what you make of the time you have there. Remain focused on the goals you’ve set for yourselves. As a student hard work, perseverance and faith are the tools to success. Don’t forget to have fun and keep warm!