Monique McIntosh

Law LLB (Hons)

I've really enjoyed my course. The support I've received has been great.

What attracted you to studying at Kent? 

I felt that Kent would be an environment that would cultivate and support me and allow me to reach my potential. I put Kent as my firm choice because I knew that I’d be given the opportunity to grow academically.

How is your course going so far?

I’ve really enjoyed my course. My final year has been particularly great because all my modules are optional, so I’ve been able to select what I’m really interested in. I’d say legal ethics, the clinical option and law and postcolonial theory have been my favourites.

Have you been well supported at University?

The support I’ve received has been great. I have a learning disability and when I started at Kent, I was assessed in terms of the support I would need. I was then given weekly, one-to-one contact with a professional. The government usually offers online support but I was allocated someone to work with, in person, at the University. I’ve had the same member of staff for three years now and she’s incredible – we’ve built a good relationship.

In terms of the course, you can partner with a mentor that will support you throughout the year. This year and last, my mentor was a barrister from a local chambers. She has recently helped with my CV, which has led to some great work experience.

I’d say the overarching thing about Law at Kent is that all the academics and support staff want you to do well and give you the tools to do so. I’ve come on leaps and bounds from where I was in first year, largely because I know that my seminar leaders want me to achieve my best.

What does your clinical module involve?

It’s a 30-credit module so it runs throughout the year and it allows us to work with real people on real legal cases. You’re allocated a supervisor in the first term who is usually a solicitor who works in a specific area of law. We are given a case that might go to court or it could be that we support someone who needs legal advice. It’s quite daunting at first but I’ve been mentored through the process and have weekly meetings with my supervisor. I never feel completely out of my depth as there’s always someone experienced to offer reassurance.

Have you used the Careers and Employability Service at the University?

Yes, I’ve attended a number of talks on the legal sector and the Bar, which have been really useful. At the end of last year, I was successful in getting some marshalling experience at Canterbury Crown Court too. I sat on cases with the judge and experienced a new perspective on the law.

Are you part of any societies or extra-curricular activities?

I’m the vice-president of Kent Law Temple Society and I’ve started as a mooting mentor this year as well.

I’m also part of the Student Outdoor Clerk Scheme which started earlier this year. After completing the required training, I am now part of a team that is on call to attend court on the behalf of local solicitors to take verbatim notes on the relevant proceedings. We’re the first law school in the UK to have implemented the Scheme so it’s really exciting to be part of the new initiative.   

I’m also representing Kent at an external mooting competition on Saturday. I would never have done anything like it in my first year but now I’m about to compete against other universities and I’m actually looking forward to it! I’ve really had a boost in confidence and that’s thanks to Kent Law School, they’ve been incredible.

Can you describe Kent in three words?

Supportive, engaging, welcoming.