Elaine is a student ambassador in her third year. Here she lets us know about her experience of studying Law at Trinity, one of our Top 10 Courses.
Your name: Elaine
Your year of study: 3rd
Your programme of study / course: Law
What made you decide to study your course at Trinity?
I chose law on a bit of a whim, largely because I was interested in social justice but wasn’t sure if I wanted to do just sociology. I picked Trinity because I knew there was a really strong base of societies and activism I could get involved with. With law, there aren’t that many course hours so you’ve a lot of time to explore other projects, which was important to me. Trinity has such huge breadth of extracurriculars so it was ideal.
What aspect / module of your course have you enjoyed studying the most so far and why?
I think my favourite modules were probably the two Constitutional Law modules and Public Interest Law; they were all fairly similar content-wise, but really allowed you to see Irish society and culture change and how the law has played into that. It’s a very unusual perspective that I don’t think you really get in any other discipline and there was also a lot of space for original research which I really liked.
If you had one piece of advice to any other students about to start your course in Trinity what would it be?
The main thing would be get involved in as much stuff as you can. I’m very much of the opinion that the course you study at undergraduate is only half the learning you do, and to leave Trinity without engaging as much as possible with the societies and clubs is a wasted opportunity. As far as academics goes, don’t worry if the reading seems impossible, it becomes much easier as the year goes on and the lecturers are well aware that everyone is very new to it and that’s reflected in how they mark exams and essays. Ask questions too!
What is your favourite thing about Dublin?
I like how small it is, its cool having a capital city where everywhere you’d want to go is within cycling distance. It also means that you very quickly get to know a lot of people.
What three words would you use to describe Trinity to someone who’s never been here?
Community-based, active, innovative