Robin Shane

LLB Law

Robin Shane

Being a member of the Brookes Mooting Society was a great experience. It provides vital experience for anyone wanting to be a barrister

Robin Shane had previously worked in the legal profession, but came to Brookes in order to advance his career. Robin completed his LLB in 2009, winning the Blake Lapthorn Tarlow Lyons Award For Best Academic Achievement, and is currently studying the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in Birmingham. He hopes to become a practising barrister.

I was very keen to study at Oxford Brookes because of its excellent reputation for law, producing a high percentage of graduates who go on to make a success in the legal profession. As well as attracting a lot of down-to-earth students it’s a very forward thinking university, and I knew I’d fit in.

Being a member of the Brookes Mooting Society was a great experience. It provides vital experience for anyone wanting to be a barrister, it’s also a great opportunity to enhance your public speaking skills and, more importantly, it’s a real laugh.

One of the real strengths of the LLB at Brookes is the modular teaching system. Not only do you get a lot of choice across a broad range of subjects, but it enables you to maintain a constant rate of work throughout your degree and avoid horrendous ‘cramming’ sessions, vital with a young family! The opportunity to really investigate a subject I am passionate about has been fantastic, and having access to the Bodleian Library during my dissertation proved a big help with research.

As a mature student with a family, I wasn’t really able to live the classic student life, but I have met some great people from all over the world and have kept in touch with several lecturers, who continue to help and encourage.

At Brookes you’re encouraged to use your initiative and learn to think for yourself. Whatever you choose to do with your degree, you’ll have the confidence and ability to turn your skills to anything you choose.