Dina Douglas

LLB Law

Dina Douglas

The location of the course particularly attracted me with Oxford being world renowned for being one of the best places to study. I like that Oxford is a student town that is full of history with an easy public transport system

After a sabbatical in Italy Dina Douglas began studying Law at Oxford Brookes University before an unexpected opportunity gave her the chance to undergo a placement at Harley-Davidson.

Before starting my course at Oxford Brookes I was formerly a Youth Worker and also an administrator in the Banking, Insurance, Hospitality and Legal sectors. Upon reflection of my strengths and weaknesses during a sabbatical in Italy, and the desire for a more stable career, I decided this course ticked many boxes for me.

The location of the course particularly attracted me with Oxford being world renowned for being one of the best places to study. I like that Oxford is a student town that is full of history with an easy public transport system. In addition to journeys on the Oxford Brookes bus being free of charge for Brookes students studying for more than a year, the journeys to the City Centre and my halls of residence were both very close to my university campus.

Since starting my course I have discovered that I like the seminars the most because this is where I can test my knowledge and ask any questions on areas I may be confused or struggling with. This also provides me with the chance to challenge myself and my understanding of the Law within a safe environment.

My degree will provide me with the necessary academic qualifications required for my chosen legal career and my academic advisor is available to help me select the best modules to aid me in my personal aspirations. The way my modules are structured will help me to develop and maintain skills to ensure a work/life balance is established, which I feel is a necessary discipline to have and maintain throughout my life not just during academic study.

I am acquiring transferrable skills such as research and presenting as well as becoming more knowledgeable within my chosen subject areas. This course requires me to be self-motivated and disciplined to manage my time effectively, to meet deadlines and enable me to develop effective planning, analytical and time management skills. Moreover I believe employers want to hire self-motivated individuals that will get the work done within their deadlines.

I have found my lecturer and seminar leader Andrew Kopkin very inspiring through his experience of being both a Barrister in the UK and an Attorney in the United States. He also has a very caring disposition towards students. Marc Howe’s style of presenting law makes the lectures thought provoking, interesting and engaging by using case law stories to make the law more relevant to the current generation of students.

I’m a Student Union representative and a member of the Law, Dance and Tennis societies. As a Union representative I have been given the opportunity to be an ambassador for the student body at Oxford Brookes relaying any issues or difficulties students may have with their modules or experiences at the University. In addition to this I highlight the activities and procedures that students appreciate or have found helpful to ensure that they are maintained for the next wave of Brookes students.