“There is a lot of competition for places – but they encourage you to build up your CV and helped me get my foot in the door.”
It’s the fact that you can be both creative and practical in the legal profession which inspired Daniel Conroy to embark on a Law degree at Edge Hill University.
He graduated with first class honours in 2011 and has since gone on to start his legal career in the Real Estate department at Weightmans LLP in Liverpool.
“It was blind luck, more than anything, which led me to a Law degree,” says Daniel. “I’d gone to a sixth form college open day, did a taster session, and really enjoyed it. I went on to complete an A-level course in the subject.
“What I really enjoy is that it is both creative and quite strict in terms of its challenges. It’s obviously strict because of legislation and case law to be followed, but you have the opportunity to be creative in how you apply that in order to get the best possible outcome for your client.”
It was initially criminal law that caught Daniel’s attention but, as his knowledge has progressed, he’s keen to gain experience in different aspects of the law.
“I’m really keen to see where things take me. I’m working as a paralegal in the Real Estate department now, which is fascinating as it combines principles established over a very long time, with modern developments in the property sector, particularly where the energy efficient and environmental side of things is concerned. Times are really changing – there’s a perception that property law is old-fashioned because of the language of conveyances and deeds but now it’s a lot more about making the process efficient and documents easy for anyone to understand.”
And Daniel, who lives in Warrington, is full of praise for the Edge Hill course for giving him the best grounding in his subject.
“It was excellent,” he says. “I think most people struggle in their first year in terms of learning, then you improve – I was getting firsts by my third year and my tutors helped me do that.
“I went to a lot of open days and what I liked about Edge Hill was that it was the friendliest place, but also so self-contained on campus. The tutors were also very honest about how difficult it is to get in to a career in Law – there is a lot of competition for places – but they encourage you to build up your CV and helped me get my foot in the door.”
Daniel is the current Vice President of the University Law Alumni Association and is also involved with the Law Programme Board; working with a host of practicing professionals to determine the future direction of the course.