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Aziz Deen, LLB (Hons) Law with Politics

I chose Manchester over all the other universities because I felt that the wide spectrum of people, ideas and opinions would help me to reflect the truly cosmopolitan nature of the UK as it is today. I now have friends in over 20 different countries! I saw Manchester as a crucible out of which I would emerge as a global citizen armed with a degree from a prestigious University.

Aziz Deen - Law with Politics student

I had always been fascinated by the close link between law and politics. I found the crossover thrilling and felt that I couldn't understand one without first understanding the other. The University of Manchester saved me from having to choose between the two disciplines being one of the only universities in the country which has a combined law and politics course. I chose a number of modules where this crossover was more evident than others; for example, Constitutional Reform (which was taught by the renowned constitutional expert, Professor Rodney Brazier). As I was a member of both the School of Law and the School of Social Sciences I had unparalleled choice when it came to module selection. The programme was also incredibly well coordinated by the two schools which as you can imagine is not the easiest of tasks. Ultimately, I chose the course because being an LLB it allowed me to follow my dream of becoming a lawyer but at the same time I was given the option to nurture my deep-rooted passion for politics.    

I feel incredibly honoured to have graduated from The University of Manchester with a first class honours. The moment which particularly stands out to me, was graduating in the Whitworth Hall with all my close friends and classmates in the audience. It made all those long nights in the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons worthwhile.

I chose Manchester over all the other universities because I felt that the wide spectrum of people, ideas and opinions would help me to reflect the truly cosmopolitan nature of the UK as it is today. I now have friends in over 20 different countries! I saw Manchester as a crucible out of which I would emerge as a global citizen armed with a degree from a prestigious University.

While my degree classification definitely benefitted my career, it was mainly the confidence that I gained while studying at The University of Manchester that has made my transition to working life as a lawyer incredibly easy. I was experienced in having to explain my thoughts and ideas clearly and concisely due to three years of seminars and tutorials, I had also gained the skills to vocally put forward my case due to my experience in The University of Manchester's moot room and through the Advocacy module and I was already expected to meet every challenge head on with zeal and confidence.

Be prepared to work hard but also to enjoy yourself. The School of Law prides itself on its social culture. An innumerable number of events are run by a multitude of different societies, including The Bar and Mooting Society, The Street Law Society, The Criminology Society and of course the Manchester University Law Society; the largest student law society in the UK.

Whilst at The University of Manchester I honed the art of events hosting. With over 400 different societies I quickly built up my reputation as an engaging and (hopefully) charming stage host. I hosted cultural events for The Students Union, charity fashion shows, the Azeri Society Annual performance (which attracted upwards of 1000 people), the Indonesian Society Annual Show and more! The confidence I developed on stage has given me the courage to speak on shows such as the BBC's "The Big Question" and to host a festival in Bristol which attracts an audience of more than 15,000 people.