Lacramioara Elena Metehau
Law with Criminology LLB
Why did you choose this course at Manchester's School of Law?
My passion for criminology arose while I was in middle school and since then I have been deeply interested in the study of crime. I find it challenging to study criminal behaviour and what is beyond it, because in this way we can get to the root of crimes.
I have a keen interest in the UK legal system and I am looking forward to pursuing a career in this area. I would like to serve justice and protect human rights.
What do you most enjoy about studying here?
Although I am Romanian, Manchester felt like home from the first day. It is a warm city which welcomes everyone regardless of their ethnicity, culture or religion.
The educational system is different from what I was used to and I found it challenging to adapt to the new teaching methods.
I am a person who seeks adventure and enjoys challenging situations, so I found it a great opportunity to develop myself.
What has been the highlight of your course so far?
My course gave me the chance to be in touch with various people in this area, such as lawyers, judges, police officers and detectives, who deepened my knowledge about the legal and judicial system in the UK.
I had the opportunity to broaden my horizons and to study the subject I am passionate about in a different and unconventional way.
Have you been involved in any of the School of Law societies or events?
Being part of a society is an important step in students' lives, not only for getting a chance to deepen their knowledge about their courses, but also for networking and creating life-time friendships. Unfortunately, I had no time to get involved in a society. I focused more on part-time work, volunteering and activities related more to the career I want.
I was in touch with the police in order to get a better insight into their work and volunteered for various activities at the University related to my dual course. At the moment I am in the process of becoming a volunteer for the Victim Support Organisation.
What are your plans after graduation, and how do you feel studying at Manchester has prepared you?
I would honestly love to be a Crime Scene Investigator and I already started taking steps in realizing this dream. As I previously mentioned, I have been in touch with detectives, police officers and different organisations related to this subject.
This course provided me with the idiosyncratic chance to study not only about crimes and ways to prevent them, but also about the complexity of the legal system. University of Manchester brings together in a unique course two important issues – law and crimes – and provides students with high quality services delivered by experienced and friendly staff.
I had the wonderful opportunity not only to study in depth a subject that arouse my interest few years ago, but also to put in practice what I have been learning throughout the years.
What advice would you give to new students at the School of Law?
I would advise all the freshers to start getting involved in any activities related to their course as soon as possible. There is no time to waste when you are creating your desired future.
No matter whether they have decided or not which career they want, they should do their best both inside and outside University, by getting involved in Law Societies, seeking advice from graduate students or well-known people in their subject.
The University of Manchester hosts weekly Law Firm activities or conferences which are a great opportunity for students to decide on their future and ask as many questions as they like. Moreover, there are various careers fairs throughout the year and they are a unique chance for students to get an internship at a well-known company.
My opinion is that nothing is impossible when pursuing your dreams and as long as you know exactly what you want from your future, you should do your best to create it. All our actions, regardless of how small or pointless they seem, represent a step ahead and will link together in building out desired future.