Courtney Buckler

Courtney Buckler

LLB Law 2016

What did you enjoy about your degree programme?

Research-led teaching has by far been the most enjoyable part of my degree, both that which has been woven in to core modules as well as optional modules arising from the specific research fields of lecturers here at Exeter.

There is something so valuable about being taught by somebody who is not only knowledgeable about a topic, but passionate and opinionated about it too. It not only makes for far more engaging lecturing, but also presents itself as a perfect opportunity to reassess, criticize or reconnect with your own viewpoints.

Tell us about the award you have received. What does this award mean to you?

I have been awarded the Law School Prize, which not only adds a little extra cash to the bank but also gives me confidence in my own abilities. I came to law school to prove something to myself and receiving this award simply confirms that over the past three years, I have achieved exactly that!

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The biggest highlight of my time at Exeter University has by far come from my involvement with societies – notably, Soul Choir. It is so important that you take time from your studies in order to do things that you love, that will keep you inspired about the world around you and give you an opportunity to develop new skills and meet new people.

What will you miss the most about University?

Luckily, I won’t have to 'miss' anything, as I’ll be staying in Exeter for another year whilst I complete my Masters. What I will miss however, when I do (eventually!) leave, is Streatham Campus’ beautiful green spaces. We are so fortunate to have such beautiful grounds at our fingertips!

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Do not take modules simply because you think they’ll 'look good' to future employers, or pick exam/essay questions based on calculations of what may 'look good' to the marker. Never underestimate the importance of your own opinions.

There is only so much that a textbook can teach you; instead, speak to your lecturers, challenge their arguments, and persistently consider whether or not something you are being taught, 'sits right' with you. It is far easier to stay connected to your work when the arguments you seek to present are not simply a new spin on an old argument you found in a textbook, but instead when they reflect your own views and understandings.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

In September I begin my Masters here at Exeter, with the aim of completing a PhD elsewhere in the future. In terms of 'career plans', I have none – instead, the ultimate goal is simply to fill a lifetime with things that both challenge and inspire me!