|English and Related Literature|
|English and History|
|Lecturer in Law|
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A day in the life of a Lecturer in Law in the United Kingdom
Lecturer in Law with a degree in English and History
What I do
Lecture both undergraduate and postgraduate modules in law, as well as lead seminars/small-group teaching.
Administrative responsibilities including running student competitions in client interviewing and negotiating as well as facilitating the engagement with and dissemination of academic research to a wider audience.
Research on international law and constitutional theory.
Skills I use and how I developed them
Public speaking for lecturing and teaching - developed through extra-curricular activities (including doing mooting at York).
Research skills - developed independent research skills as this was a core component of the York English degree where students had to develop their own research projects.
Organisation skills - these are necessary for the administrative responsibilities and keeping on top of competing deadlines and student support. I am still developing these skills on the job.
My career goals when I graduated
Whilst at university, I wanted to be a criminal barrister.
It was during my LLM at UCL that I began to consider going into research instead.
Courses taken since graduation
Law conversion (GDL) at The University of Birmingham;
LLM at University College London (UCL);
PhD in International Law from Durham University.
Whilst at Durham, I did the Postgraduate Qualification in Academic Practice and gained Fellowship to the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Universities are now asking staff to be Fellows of the HEA, most require it as part of probation.
My advice to students considering work
Seek out those opportunities for experience beyond your degree.
My advice about working in my industry
If you are interested in an academic position, my advice would be to get research/writing experience as soon as possible. For example, look into doing book reviews, have a look to see if there are research assistance schemes and positions in your department.
Happy to receive questions on any aspect of being an academic. Including applying for a PhD; gaining research experience; applying for an academic position; academic CVs; the Research Excellent Framework (REF) and specifically "Impact".
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