A love of writing, debating — and arguing her opinion — led Heyreet Mangat to study law at Reading.
"I always knew that I wanted to go to university, but I was conflicted between journalism and becoming a teacher. However, I was part of the debating club - and I realised that I love arguing!"
the campus with everything
A visit to the School of Law during a University Open Day caused Heyreet to fall in love with the campus, and decide to embark on a degree here.
"The staff, the students... they were all so helpful and I decided I really wanted to go to Reading. It was the 'feel' - the Law School feel. Also the halls — I could see myself living in them. I liked the whole independent study idea, and independent research and learning. I believe that those are the sort of skills that are very transferable when you go into any career."
"I loved the fact that it’s one big campus with all the greenery and it’s very accessible. Everything is here.”
an easy transition
Heyreet enjoyed the freedom of university after transitioning from sixth-form, and has enjoyed the structure of each year of the degree:
"In our first year, we focused on foundations and legal skills. You need to understand the fundamentals of contract law, tort law, criminal law, public law and general legal skills. In the second year there's a lot more writing, and there are compulsory modules that you need to cover for your law degree.
Third year has been my best year so far because I can choose what I want to do in terms of modules. Medical law with Chris Newdick and Rachel Horton has been my favourite module. It's been amazing!"
"I did mooting in the first year. I was competing against final-year students so it was quite difficult but also fun! Mooting really helped me with my confidence."
Heyreet has done a number of internships through the School of Law, and has found them extremely helpful. One of her internships was in Italy, and she has worked with the in-house legal team for a week at Centrica.
"It gave me a feel of what's out there because, as a law student, you don't realise that you don't just have to be a solicitor or a barrister. There are many other things that you can do. One aspect I found really interesting at Centrica was financial fraud crime. I'd always push for internships - I think they're great."
She also benefitted greatly from the Career Fairs, where she had the opportunity to network with many law firms.
"We've had client interviewing sessions with Kennedys, and Norton Fulbright has come in for client negotiation. We've had taster sessions and skills-based workshops. It's offered great insight into future roles and the industry experience looks good on a CV. Listening to first-hand experience of real situations has been really useful."
"I’ve had the best experience at the University of Reading. The staff in the Law School have been amazing as well as the wider support services of the University. Your tutors are not just there to test you – they are there to help you, too."