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Neha Vasist

From: India
Studying: LLB (graduate) programme
I speak
Kannada, Hindi and English
LLB (graduate) programme

Hi there! I'm Neha, a final year undergraduate studying LLB (graduate) programme at University of Leeds. I am originally from Bengaluru, India. I am a recent graduate from Durham University, UK where I studied BA English Literature. I completed my A-Levels equivalent in the CBSE Science stream (Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, English) in Bangalore, India.  

University of Leeds was my firm choice because of the well-known reputation of the Law School and the University's ranking in the UK and across the world, especially for the 2-year LLB course. My visit to Leeds on the University Open Day helped me firm my choice as the University as I instantly felt welcome in the Law school and the campus was vibrant. Having previously attended the virtual open day, I was able to attend an introduction lecture by the Law school, explore the campus and the Leeds city.  

As a city, Leeds has a lot to offer for its diverse local community - ranging from art galleries and museums, fantastic range of local cafes, shopping centre, local markets, nightlife and abundance of green spaces. Not only does the University offer quiet spaces as an alternative space on busy days, but houses rabbits, heron, peregrine falcons and a sustainable garden. The University of Leeds appealed to me not just for its rankings, but for the sense of community and belonging that it exudes.  

There are around 300 societies to join and this means everyone can take part in something they enjoy or develop a new hobby! In my first year, I joined a range of societies and sport clubs. So far, I've enjoyed playing cricket for the Women's Cricket Club and taking part in Women in Leadership Society. In terms of academic related societies, I've joined the popular Law society, Barrister society, Women Breaking Barriers, Commercial Awareness and the newly formed Urban Lawyers society. It has been a wonderful feeling to be able to celebrate Navaratri, Deepavali and Holi with the South Asian community in Leeds through the events set up by the Indian Student Association and NHSF Leeds. 

During this year’s Freshers’ week, I have been able to attend Give It A Go (GIAG) sessions for various societies including Bellydancing, Girls Training Together, Aikido and Bachata. This is an excellent way for students to explore a society and experience the kind of sessions they conduct before buying the membership.   

Upon getting to the University, every student soon gets used to reaching the 10,000 walking steps goal for their day. This is because classes are spread out across the campus, due to the different lecture theatres, study spaces and department buildings part of the University. I am grateful that all lectures and seminars are held in person! Alongside classes, School of Law has provided me with resources on academic writing sessions and skills workshops through the LawSkills team and opportunities to volunteer through community engagement projects. So far, I have volunteered with the Welfare Appeals and Tribunal Clinic at the Citizens Advice Clinic and the Community and Migrant Support at St Vincent’s Centre.  

As a law student, I've found the Careers Service extremely beneficial as they offer 1-2-1 sessions, organise law fairs, conduct various career related sessions with guest speakers from the legal profession. I have been able to attend Open Days and Insight evenings at law firms and undertake work shadowing experience with a High Court Judge through opportunities shared by the Law School. I have also been able to take part in activities like mooting, negotiation and debating and law school’s mentoring scheme. While law can be an intensive course, the School regularly conducts non-academic activities like field trips and wilderness exploration with staff and students, fun sessions with Therapy dogs, creative art workshops and table-tennis sessions. So, do not be overwhelmed by the coursework of a law degree as there are professors and staff present to support and guide you throughout your journey at Leeds.  

Alongside working as a Link to Leeds student ambassador, I also work in part-time student jobs as well as on Open Days (feels like I’ve completed an entire circle!). Within the Leeds University Union, I also work as the Undergraduate Officer for the Faculty of Social Sciences. This is a new role where I liaise with School and Course Reps across Schools and work with Faculty members in Committee meetings and at the Senate level.  

In my first year, I lived in a private, self-catered student accommodation (Asa Briggs House). This year, I am living in Unite Students’ White Rose View and appreciate the convenience of being able to live within the city centre. I also have visited my friends who live in different University accommodations. So I can give you a balanced perspective of accommodation, areas of Leeds city and living expenses.  

So far, I've enjoyed my time at Leeds - be it the University student experience, travelling in the UK, exploring the city and studying law! I have been able to appreciate the global community on campus and believe Leeds is the place to be! I believe my accumulated experience studying in the UK and engaging with different aspects of University life at Leeds will hopefully provide a well-rounded perspective to answer your questions. So, feel free to get in touch with me by Unibuddy or email at to know the diverse aspects of University student experience, my course and so much more!  

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