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Hi, guys! My name is Sana. I’m 22 years old and I did a University of London degree in Law through distance learning! Ask me anything!

sana_w
Jun 17, 2017

When deciding where to go to University, cost and time was a pretty big factor. Choosing this degree allowed me to finish law school in the quickest amount of time and also have no debt, while allowing me to graduate with an international degree. I also had the support of an Institute behind me. 

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Wow how did you manage to focus on your studies?

Jun 18, 7:21AM EDT0

A lot of dedication. Tried not to go out too much in the last 2-3 months before exams. Also held a lot of study sessions with my friends. The last month it was basically me and my computer. It's pretty easy to get distracted. As long as you're dedicated, you should be good. 

Jun 19, 2:00AM EDT0

How did you get accepted to the University of London?

Jun 17, 4:59AM EDT0

You have to submit an Online Application. To register for LLB, you click the desired course on this page.

This page also takes you through how you can apply.

Once you apply and upload all necessary documents along with a personal statement, in a few weeks, the University will send you a document in a form or a letter telling you whether you go accepted or not. Acceptance is very high.

Jun 17, 6:09AM EDT0

Did you take any distance learning classes in highschool?

Jun 17, 4:42AM EDT0

No. I did my high school in Uzbekistan in a completely normal setting. 

Jun 17, 6:07AM EDT0

What was the most difficult class that you took?

Jun 16, 8:15PM EDT0

Jurisprudence in my third year. It was very technical and was about why the law exists, rather than what it is. A year later and I still have so much confusion regarding it. 

Jun 17, 6:06AM EDT0

Did any of your friends do distance learning as well?

Jun 16, 3:22PM EDT0

No one prior to me starting the degree, but I made a bunch of friends at the study centre which was aiding me with my studies.

Jun 16, 6:27PM EDT0

Hi! Sana, why have you chosen the field of law?

Jun 16, 5:03AM EDT0

Hi! I wasn't really interested in law, until I had this class in the 10th grade. I loved it. The teacher was fantastic, and I just understood it so much. 

Besides that, I've always been pretty passionate about human rights and helping people, and by practicing law, I can achieve that. 

Jun 16, 1:47PM EDT0

So, why London?

Jun 15, 8:39PM EDT0

Do you mean, why did I get a degree at the University of London? Well, it's internationally recognized and has a really good standing worldwide. 

Jun 16, 1:58AM EDT0

That makes sense.. after all, it is London .. ;)

Jun 17, 4:57AM EDT0

What is your dream job?

Jun 15, 7:42AM EDT0

To work in the United Nations! :) That's the goal, but i'll be happy working for any NGO or think tank. 

Jun 16, 1:58AM EDT0

Is distance learning there free?

Jun 15, 5:08AM EDT0

Nope! You have to pay money, but it's far cheaper than usual. 

Here's the fee schedule for 2017-18

LLB and CertHE Common Law

2017-2018Application fee

(LLB only)(non-refundable)

£ 88: Registration fee

£450: Module fee

£140: Examination fee per 30 credit module

£170: Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning fee (per module)

£47: Full year’s transfer fee

£187: Dissertation (LLB only)

£372: Laws Skills Portfolio (LLB only)£ 212*

Besides that, you have to pay about £ 150 to the British Council, who invigilate the examinations.

Jun 16, 1:57AM EDT0

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Jun 14, 6:27PM EDT0

Hopefully working for an international organization or law firm. 

Jun 16, 1:59AM EDT0

Do you already have your JD degree?

Jun 14, 2:41PM EDT0

No, just my LLB (Bachelors of Law) but I am looking at schools for my Masters soon. JD is an American degree, and I did a UK degree. 

Jun 15, 3:04AM EDT0

Were there any classes that you really hated?

Jun 14, 11:49AM EDT0

Sure! I really hated Jurisprudence. Or, maybe I never really understood it? It's all about why the law is, rather than what the law is. It is a very trickly subject. I also wasn't a huge fan of land law.

Jun 15, 3:03AM EDT0

What is required of a good specialist in law?

Jun 14, 10:54AM EDT0

I'm pretty new myself, but you need to have experience and knowledge. One or the other won't work. This is a pretty generic answer. I would say a lot of experiene is necessary and aligning yourself with someone who is good in that particular field, so you can learn as much as possible. 

Jun 15, 3:39AM EDT0

Did you have to show up in person for exams?

Jun 14, 6:18AM EDT0

Yes. The exams are conducted and invigilated by the British Council, usually at a Hotel. You have to show up with a statement of entry, an admission notice and your ID card. 

Jun 15, 3:01AM EDT0

Do you plan on becoming an attorney?

Jun 14, 6:10AM EDT0

Yes, I'm currently on my way to getting my legal license and working at a firm. 

Jun 15, 3:00AM EDT0
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How many people got accepted to the program?

Jun 14, 3:52AM EDT0

Almost everyone. You just have to be 17 and meet the University's general requirements. Even if you are under 17, the University considers you on a case by case basis. You also have knowledge of proficient English.

The Institute I was studying with did turn away a lot of people, since they did maintain a standard. But the University itself has a very high acceptance rate. 

Jun 14, 5:23AM EDT0

Did you ever have to go to the physical university?

Jun 14, 2:30AM EDT0

No. You never have to. They do invite you to the Barbican Centre for your graduation, however. 

Jun 15, 2:59AM EDT0

Did you save a lot of money by choosing a distance learning program?

Jun 13, 9:14PM EDT0

Yup! The degree cost around 5,500 pounds (roughly) for the three years. 

Jun 16, 6:36PM EDT0

You have a very beautiful name - does it have a meaning?

Jun 13, 6:45PM EDT0

Thank you! :) It means "to praise God." 

Jun 14, 1:38AM EDT0

How much did the program cost in total?

Jun 13, 6:00PM EDT0

This is pretty rough, since I don't exactly remember the total but it was around 5,000 pounds for the three years. Another approximately 450 pounds for the British Council fee. 

This is the University of London fee, and excludes the tution I had to pay to the study centre directly. 

Jun 16, 6:35PM EDT0

Did anybody help you with your studies?

Jun 13, 5:38PM EDT0

Yeah, at the study centre there were a lot of teachers who did help me. Though, mostly it's self study. You can't rely much on the teachers, since at the end of the day it's your degree. 

Jun 15, 2:57AM EDT0

Wow! You did it! Are you into anything except law?

Jun 13, 5:05PM EDT0

Thanks! I'm pretty much a bookworm, so I love to read fiction! It gets pretty hard sometimes, since I spent all day reading at work haha. So, I am very into English I guess. I used to want to major in English, before I took law in high school. 

Jun 14, 4:46AM EDT0

Where did you do most of your distance learning from?

Jun 13, 4:23PM EDT0

In Pakistan. I was studying with the aid of a study centre which was located there. 

Jun 15, 2:56AM EDT0

Hi! Did you enjoy distant studying?

Jun 13, 4:16PM EDT0

Sure! It was a pretty good experience. Saved a lot of time and a lot of money, so I'm definitely better off. 

Jun 15, 2:55AM EDT0

What was the hardest part of being a distance learning student?

Jun 13, 4:13PM EDT0

Probably not having a lot of resources available. Although the University does provide you with a Virtual Learning Environment and libraries, a lot of books I needed weren't available. So, I really had to search the internet and bookstores for it. 

Jun 15, 2:55AM EDT0

How do you register to start distance learning?

Jun 13, 2:11PM EDT0

You have to submit an Online Application. To register for LLB, you click the desired course on this page

This page also takes you through how you can apply: 

Jun 14, 5:31AM EDT0

Did you find it harder to concentrate by yourself?

Jun 13, 8:48AM EDT0

Yeah, for sure. My first year I was very motivated. However, second year was the opposite. Thankfully, brought it back my last year. Anyway, it does take a lot of will power to concentrate. You think you have all this time, but not really. 

Jun 14, 2:04AM EDT0

Did you get any minor or other certifications?

Jun 13, 8:19AM EDT0

No. I haven't heard any instances where people were able to do that, but I'm sure if you get in contact with the University they may let you. 

I did get an Advocacy certificate for a course  that I took in my first year. This was an extra course, that you didn't need to register for. It was regulated by the Institute I was studying at, but signed off by the University of London.

Jun 14, 1:39AM EDT0

Was it hard to study like that?

Jun 13, 6:55AM EDT0

Yeah, I mean the degree is pretty tough itself so it did get hard at times. But, any degree is hard. Resources were hard to get sometimes, but the internet is a blessing and I was able to find pretty much everything. Plus, help from my teachers and online lectures were great too. 

Jun 16, 2:00AM EDT0

Was your program self-paced or regulated?

Jun 13, 4:23AM EDT0

It is regulated, but it is flexible. So, if you want, you can do the degree in 4 or even 5 years. You just choose fewer modules that year. And, you can even do the degree quicker than the 3 years, if you already have a bachelors. 

Jun 16, 2:01AM EDT0

Do you regret not going to a physical university?

Jun 13, 3:50AM EDT0

Yeah. I do regret missing out on the experiences. But, I graduated before all my friends and have a job now. Whereas, most of them are still figuring stuff out. So, I guess both sides have their pro and cons. 

Plus, I saved a lot of money. 

Jun 14, 2:02AM EDT0

Is the online program the same as the physical program?

Jun 13, 2:16AM EDT0

Do you mean, is this programme the same as attending the University of London in England? 

For the most part, yes. The modules are the same. The only thing is, when studying through an institute subjects are limited, as they only teach the really popular subjects. You're more than welcome to register for any other module, but know you'll have to do that on your own. 

However, I have heard examinations are different. For example, for all my exams, I had to answer 4 questions within 3 hours and 15 minutes. My friend attended one of the UoL's in England, and for her, it was 3 questions in the same amount of time.

Also, attending the physical programme will mean assignments will count for your grade, whereas in the programme I did, there were hardly any assignments. 

Another big tip is that in the physical programme, the professor knows you and will mostly be likely to grade you more leniently. My exams were send to London and checked by people who I didn't know.

Hope this helped!

Jun 14, 1:36AM EDT0

Were the lectures live or recorded for your convenience?

Jun 13, 1:35AM EDT0

The lectures would be given by the lecturers at the institute. However, there were lecturers on the Virtual Learning Environment provided by the University. These were mostly recorded. Even in instances where they were live, they would be uploaded once over. 

Jun 14, 1:32AM EDT0

Did you receive support from your family?

Jun 13, 12:46AM EDT0

Yes, I wouldn't have been able to complete my degree without them. I went back to my home country to do the degree and since my parents were still abroad, I stayed with my grandmother while there.

Also, my parents did give me financial support. The degree was much cheaper than a regular degree, so they were quite happy. 

Jun 13, 2:10AM EDT0

Did you fail any classes and have to retake them?

Jun 13, 12:16AM EDT0

No, and that's a fact I'm pretty proud of, since basically everyone else I know did. 

Jun 13, 2:09AM EDT0

How long did the degree take to get?

Jun 12, 8:16PM EDT0

It took three years to do! However, the degree is flexible so you can take even longer, if you are working or just because you want to. 

Jun 13, 2:08AM EDT0

How many hours per day did you have to study?

Jun 12, 6:44PM EDT0

At the Institute I studied at, classes would range from 4 hours in the entire day or 2 hours. The University does recommend a certain number of hours an institute must cover in a week (which is about 4-6 hours per subject) 

Jun 13, 2:07AM EDT0

Where are you from?

Jun 12, 6:22PM EDT0

I'm from Pakistan :)

Jun 13, 2:05AM EDT0

Do you plan on getting any more degrees?

Jun 12, 6:14PM EDT0

Yes, I do plan to go for my masters of law soon! I'm looking at programmes right now and hope to go in the fall of 2018.  

Jun 13, 2:05AM EDT0

Did you ever cheat since you were alone and wouldn’t be caught?

Jun 12, 6:11PM EDT0

Well, I wasn't really alone since I did study with the aid of an Institute. But besides that, our exams were conducted by the British Council, so you couldn't really cheat. 

Our entire year was weighted on one exam, so I didn't really have an opportunity to cheat. (Not that I would) 

Jun 13, 2:04AM EDT0

How is homework checked during distance learning?

Jun 12, 5:14PM EDT0

The Institute I studied with did give us assignments and essays, which they would check so that we would be prepared for our exam. However, the University didn't really give assignments. Everything was weighted on our final exam. 

However, I did have two to three instances of turning in assignments to the University. In this case, there would be a submit button on the Virtual Learning Environment the University provided, which would run through TurnItIn.

Jun 13, 1:58AM EDT0

How many people were in your distance learning program?

Jun 12, 4:42PM EDT0

We started off with about 75 people in my first year. By the time I got to my last year, we had about 30-35 people left. The programme is pretty tough, so a lot of people tend to drop about or change degrees. 

Jun 13, 1:54AM EDT0

What was the best class you took?

Jun 12, 1:41PM EDT0

My favorite class was probably International Protection of Human Rights. Besides the course, which was so interesting, we would have such lively discussions about the current affairs of the world. It was great and I learned a lot. 

Jun 13, 1:53AM EDT0

Sana, congratulations! Are your parents also law specialists?

Jun 12, 12:18PM EDT0

Thank you! :) Nope, my parents are not in the legal field. However, my grandfather, who passed away before I was born, was a lawyer. My interest didn't develop because of that, but I always think it's kind of nice we share that even though I never met him. 

Jun 13, 1:49AM EDT0

Did you have to get an undergraduate degree first?

Jun 12, 12:12PM EDT0

No. I started this programme right after I graduated from high school. Though, if you already have a undergraduate degree, you can do the graduate programme. It's basically an accelerated programme, so you get your LLB in two years rather than three. 

Jun 13, 1:48AM EDT0

Did you have to buy physical text books?

Jun 12, 11:52AM EDT0

When I started the programme back in 2013, the University provided textbooks. You would have to pay for them, but the University provided a study pack with study guides and books. This would arrive about 3 months after the commencement of the study year.

However, starting 2016, the University stopped providing textbooks, but still provided study guides and study packs. The study guides and packs were also online, in a Virtual Learning Environment the University provided. 

So, for my last year, I would borrow the books from the Institute I was studying from. I know other students who would go and buy the books. 

Jun 13, 1:45AM EDT0

What are your future plans?

Jun 12, 11:51AM EDT0

My plan is to go for my LLM (master of law) soon. I'm looking at schools right now, and hope to start in fall 2018. I'm considering either international law or human rights law. 

Jun 13, 1:39AM EDT0

What should you pass at the end of each term?

Jun 12, 11:44AM EDT0

You take 4 subjects each year. You have to pass all four of them. If you fail one, you have the option to take it again in the fall or summer, for a total of three times. However, the course is pretty flexible, so you can take 3 subjects each year, or even 2. It will just take longer for you to graduate. 

The basic crux is you have to pass whatever you take that year. 

Jun 13, 1:39AM EDT0

Did you have to take out any loans to pay for it?

Jun 12, 11:34AM EDT0

No. The UoL degree is relatively cheap compared to US or UK universities. There was no accomodation at the institute, so I stayed in family. Therefore, I only needed to pay tution to the UoL and tution to the Institute. Basically, I saved a lot of money. 

Jun 13, 1:35AM EDT0

Did you watch every online lecture?

Jun 12, 11:34AM EDT0

All the lectures were held at the Institute I was studying at. However, the UoL did provide a lot of online lectures. I used to watch them mostly when exams were near. Not all of them, though. Just the topics that I didn't understand. 

Jun 13, 1:33AM EDT0

Was distance learning what you expected it to be?

Jun 12, 11:23AM EDT0

It was different than I expected. I'm sure that if I had gone the traditional route of distance learning and not been a student at an Institute in the country I was in, it would have been very difficult. 

However, the aid of teachers and the atmosphere did help. It was definitely not like a traditional university. My campus was basically a large house. However, at least I didn't feel isolated. 

To be honest, a lot of studying was by myself. I did think the teachers were going to be more help, but there were there more as a guide. 

If I think back to my years, I really enjoyed it overall. It was a good experience and even though sometimes it got pretty tough (this degree has about a 50 % fail rate) I made it through and now have a UoL degree.

Jun 13, 1:31AM EDT0

Did you ever have to drop a class?

Jun 12, 9:31AM EDT0

No. When you start, every year they do let you spend a month attending classes to decide what modules you want to register. This is if you're studying at an institute. So, it's pretty difficult to drop a class in the middle of the year, since you will have to prolong your studies and take another class next year to make up the credits. 

Jun 13, 1:27AM EDT0

I understand that one does have to appear at the university several times? Exactly how many?

Jun 12, 8:48AM EDT0

Not really. I did the UoL programme, but I also had the help of an institute where regular classes would be held and so on. Basically, a mini campus. You don't ever have to appear at the University of London yourself. Even if you don't have the aid of an institute, you never have to appear at the University. So, it is quite flexible. 

Jun 13, 1:25AM EDT0

Do you want to be a practising lawyer?

Jun 12, 8:06AM EDT0

Yes, that is the plan. However, I don't want to go into litigation, even though that is what I'm currently doing. My main interest is human rights or international law. 

Jun 12, 11:57AM EDT0

Hello! Do you plan to continue studying or to start practising your speciality?

Jun 12, 4:41AM EDT0

Hi! Right now, I'm a trainee in a law firm. However, I am looking at LLM (Master of Law) programmes and hope to start fall of 2018. 

Jun 12, 6:15AM EDT0

What discipline was your favourite?

Jun 12, 2:21AM EDT0

My favorite subject was International Protection of Human Rights Law! I'm pretty passionate about human rights and I really enjoyed the subject. It was very research-based, so aside from the general Acts, we also had to support them with real life examples. 

I also really enjoyed the dissertation subject option, which I did on Honor Killing in Pakistan. 

Jun 12, 6:14AM EDT0