Case Study:

Ibrahim Sheikh

I began my career working for a merchant bank in the City before setting up and running my own management consultancy for 15 years.

I had always wanted to study Law and knew that my commercial business experience would be a valuable asset for studying law at a postgraduate level.

Returning to study can be a daunting prospect, but I knew my experience would come in useful. In fact my maturity has been real bonus and led to my election as Student Representative for the course, which included liaising with with lecturers and tutors well as the course management team.

I’ve been recommending the course for a long time. It’s tiring and hard work but there’s a real buzz and camaraderie and I’ve made many friends with both students and staff. The course is clearly laid out so you can pick and choose to ensure your get the most from your studies. The part time route also allowed me to fit my studies around my family and work commitments.

I chose to study at Manchester Law School because of the friendliness of the staff and their excellent links with local law firms and chambers, and was particularly impressed by presentations given by barristers and solicitors about their relationship with the Law School. The professional network has been invaluable to me; I’ve been able to combine my studies with pro bono work placement and voluntary work, and that combination of academic excellence and work experience has placed me in a great position to further my career.

I was able to secure a mini pupillage through the links with the law community, and have gone on to utilise those networks to carry out a further nine pupillage’s. I enjoyed being own court and supporting barristers and this experience has given me the skills, knowledge and thirst to continue my studies and complete my Bar Finals.

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