London South Bank University (LSBU) has a reputation that precedes it. The university won a silver rating for its teaching excellence under the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Its courses are accredited or designed in partnership with employers to produce career-ready graduates. They’re among the top 100 universities in The Guardian’s Best UK Universities 2021.
These reasons and more are what drew Fatemaa Waariithah Ahsan to enrol with LSBU in a heartbeat and pursue the LLB (Hons) Law programme. LSBU has this magnetic effect on students, underpinned by its unique location in the centre of London. This world-class student city boasts excellent public transport networks and a thriving cultural hub, making it an exciting study abroad destination for students of all backgrounds.
Each of their courses and modules at the School of Law and Social Sciences is developed with a focus on social justice issues and a global outlook to give students a unique perspective. This helps them become career-ready graduates who are ready to tackle real-world challenges that come their way.
Today, the LSBU alumna has zero regrets about her decision. “I was 17-years-old when I joined LSBU. I enjoyed student life to the fullest and took part in various clubs and societies. I was also the student ambassador and an outreach mentor, helping sixth form students in the borough of Southwark,” said Ahsan.
Her education from LSBU served as a strong foundation for her career success. After graduating, Ahsan pursued the Bar Professional Training Course, an LLM on International Commercial Law with a specialisation in Oil and Gas Law, and a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy.
Today, she’s an international public speaker, a social advocate and activist, a consulting lawyer, a visiting professor at Asian University for Women Chattogram, and the founder of No Passport Voice, non-governmental organisation that focuses on the empowerment of women and girls.
No matter where her multifaceted career takes her, Ahsan has vowed to do what she can to give back to the university that made her. “I have huge regard for LSBU, because this is where I have passed my crucial years,” she said. “I have always stayed in touch with LSBU faculty since my graduation and I intend to contribute in any way I can. I have had the chance to speak at a career event at LSBU in 2018 and have also agreed to mentor students struggling during the pandemic.”
An unparalleled learning experience
LSBU has nearly 50 years of experience in educating lawyers. The university is home to the second-highest ranked law degree in London for Overall Satisfaction of its students, according to the National Student Survey 2020. It also ranked first for graduate prospects, research intensity, and overall score amongst London modern universities, according to Complete University Guide 2021.
LSBU also emphasises experiential learning to enhance students’ employability. Students put theory to practise through work placements, internships, simulations and professional skills exercises to develop their skills.
Their on-campus Legal Advice Clinic — a free public service staffed by law students working under the supervision of practising solicitors — also serves as an invaluable opportunity for students to gain public service and exceptional work experience.
Students also have opportunities to get a good insight into what life as a lawyer will be through mooting or mock trials. Internal and external mooting competitions are big here too.
Aspiring law students, as well as solicitors and barristers at any stage of their careers, can choose from a plethora of courses at LSBU that suit their personal and professional interests. These include the LLB (Hons) Law, LLB (Hons) Business Law, LLB (Hons) Criminal Law, LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology, LLM Crime and Litigation, LLM International Commercial Law, LLM International Human Rights and Development, and the PgDip/LLM Law Conversion Course: incorporating the CPE courses.
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