June Harewood

LLB Law, 2014

June Harewood

I felt I’d gone as far as I could in my role and really wanted a career change. Initially I studied the Cert HE Law at Ruskin College and I enjoyed studying law so much I decided to apply for University. Oxford Brookes was my only choice

June Harewood was working in the NHS as a secretary when a change of direction led her to a Law degree at Oxford Brookes.

I felt I’d gone as far as I could in my role and really wanted a career change. Initially I studied the Cert HE Law at Ruskin College and I enjoyed studying law so much I decided to apply for University. Oxford Brookes was my only choice; I didn’t apply anywhere else. I heard so much positive feedback from former mature students (such as myself), who all said what a positive experience it had been; a great place to study.

It was particularly important to me that there were good support services, especially for someone returning to education after more than 25 years, and there really are. As well as having a great academic record, Brookes also has an excellent record for its support services and provides Academic Advisors, Student Support Co-Coordinators, Brookes Student Union, and more. Ivy, Mandy and Rob, the Student Support Co-ordinators, are on hand to guide you through any challenges you might face.

I was very impressed with the course content and the Open Day I attended, the volunteer students (again, positive feedback, enthusiasm, and pride), the staff, and facilities.

I have a special interest in Employment Law, European Law and Human Rights and my degree covered these areas plus a diverse range including Medical Law and Law and Religion in the 21st Century. There are 100 things to do with a law degree; I have so many options open to me, rather than just the option of lawyer or barrister. My degree has also given me skills in research, problem solving, analysis, reasoning and lateral thinking, and I’m sure these will help me to pursue a career in an NGO or in mediation/advocacy.

I found the knowledge and enthusiasm of the lecturers particularly inspiring, particularly Andrew Kopkin; an outstanding lecturer, knowledgeable, approachable (‘there is no such thing as a stupid question’) and great for career advice, also Michael John-Hopkins; an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, patient and supportive lecturer who really helped me realise my potential.