Student Profile: Savio Baptista, LLB Candidate, University of Strathclyde

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What is your name and country of origin?

My name is Savio Baptista and I am from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Tell us briefly about your educational background

First, I graduated from York University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society in 2010. Later on, I graduated from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology with an Ontario College Diploma in Law Clerk in 2014.

What are you studying?

I am studying law in the LLB (Scots & English) (Graduate Entry) program at the University of Strathclyde.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Strathclyde?

While researching graduate-entry LLB programmes in the UK, I was captivated by the University of Strathclyde’s law school and its degree programmes. In particular, the Dual Qualifying Accelerated (Scots and English Law) programme stood out amongst other graduate-entry LLB programmes, since it allows an individual to gain an in-depth understanding of both English and Scottish legal systems.

How would you describe the University of Strathclyde?

At Strathclyde, students will greatly benefit from the quality of teaching. The manner in which lectures are delivered opens the door to deeper learning. I myself have consistently been challenged since I am required to be innovative, and think more critically as I go through my course work and assignments.

Have you been a member of any student clubs or societies within the University of Strathclyde?

During my first year as a law student, I served as an Editorial Board Member with the Strathclyde Student Law Review. In this position, I was required to read, critically analyze, and edit submitted articles and book reviews. In addition, I served as the Halls Vice Convener/President (Collegelands) for the University of Strathclyde Halls Committee. As a committee member, I took part in planning student events, and served as a liaison between the University of Strathclyde, University Of Strathclyde Students’ Association, Residence Services, and students living on residence.

Currently, I am the Editor-In-Chief of the Strathclyde Student Law Review. In this role, I am in charge of putting together the annual publication of the Strathclyde Student Law Review, and overseeing all duties and responsibilities of the Editorial Board Members.

What has been your experience living in Student Halls?

The staff members at Strathclyde were extremely helpful when I was applying for my student housing. From the beginning, my questions were always answered in a timely manner, and my interactions with staff members never left me with a feeling of uncertainty.

My advice to international students is to strongly consider living in Student Halls during the first year of study. First of all, it is a great way to meet people within your course and others who also attend the University of Strathclyde. The student accommodations also provide students with access to various facilities that they will need throughout the academic year.

What are you hoping to do post-graduation?

Following the completion of my law degree, I plan to pursue a career as a real estate lawyer. As a real estate lawyer, I would be expected to have a strong understanding of the law in areas, such as property law and contract law. Secondly, I will need to possess a range of skills in order to successfully handle the legal aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions. Such knowledge and skills will be developed as I undertake courses in law school so that I will eventually be able to think like a lawyer.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

Applying to the UK for higher education is a lengthy process, and there are also various costs to consider. Based on my experience, I would strongly recommend getting in touch with a representative from Future Project. The Future Project team will work closely with you, and provide an in-depth understanding of the application process.

How did Future Project assist you during the application process?

The Future Project team was really helpful when I needed to apply for my student visa. I was provided with clear instructions on how to proceed with my Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) number once I accepted my offer of admission from the University of Strathclyde.

Were you awarded any scholarships?

Yes, I was awarded Scotland’s Saltire Scholarship. This is a scholarship awarded by the Scottish Government for successfully demonstrating that Scotland is the ideal destination to pursue higher education.

How did you hear about the scholarship?

I learned about this scholarship opportunity through the University of Strathclyde and Future Project.

In what ways has this scholarship had a significant impact on your life?

As a Saltire Scholar, I received an invitation from the Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages to attend a reception welcoming all Saltire Scholarship recipients to Scotland.

This event took place at Edinburgh Castle. It was truly a night to remember since it was the first time I had visited Edinburgh, which is the capital of Scotland. As well, I got the opportunity to go on a private tour of the castle. These experiences would not have been possible without the Saltire Scholarship Programme.

Are international students permitted to work part-time in the UK?

If you wish to work part-time during your studies, then I would recommend applying for your National Insurance Number as soon as you arrive in the UK. In my experience, the process for obtaining the National Insurance Number was relatively quick.

I currently work as a Residential Accommodation Assistant at my residence. There are also numerous part-time job opportunities available on campus and within the Glasgow City Centre. However, it is important to keep in mind that your student visa will only permit you to work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during each school term.

University of Bristol – Partner Update

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Future Project is now representing 20 UK universities! We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the University of Bristol. Bristol is a top 1% University, 7th in the UK and 29th in the world (QS 2014/15) and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 has ranked Bristol among the UK’s top research universities.

Bristol was the the first higher education institution in England to admit women on an equal basis to men, has 11 Nobel Laureates associated with the University, and is a member of the prestigious Russell Group with Oxford, Cambridge and LSE.

Notably, in 2004 Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the Supreme Court of England, was officially installed as the University’s second female chancellor.

Find out more about Future Project and Bristol, here.

University Partner Announcement

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Future Project is now recruiting for 9 UK law schools! We are thrilled to to announce that as we continue recruitment for the 2014/15 academic year, we are now authorized representatives of Newcastle University.

Newcastle University is a Russell Group University and ranked 18th out of 121 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014.

The University can trace its origins to a School of Medicine and Surgery (later the College of Medicine), established in 1834, and to Armstrong College, founded in 1871 for the teaching of physical sciences.

Newcastle Law School is ranked within the UK’s Top 5 Law Schools by the Sunday Times University Guide 2013, top 10 by the Guardian University Guide 2014, and also ranks amongst the Top 5 Law Schools for student satisfaction (National Student Satisfaction Survey) for the past three consecutive years.

Newcastle has a long tradition of excellence in the teaching and research of law. As the longest established Law School in the North East of England, graduates from the University have an excellent track record of employment within the law profession and in academia.

A law qualification from Newcastle is internationally recognised as a degree of distinction, a marker of quality and a strong foundation for a future in the legal profession.

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University Partner Announcement

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Future Project is now recruiting for 9 UK law schools! We are thrilled to to announce that as we continue recruitment for the 2014/15 academic year, we are now authorized representatives of the University of Reading.

The University was established in 1892, received its Royal Charter in 1926, and has developed into a leading force in British and international higher education.

Reading is a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise as well as being ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012-13.

The School of Law is part of the world-ranked University of Reading, rated among the UK’s most research intensive institutions and one of the UK’s largest, best-known and most successful campus universities.

Rankings for the School of Law:

  • 4th in the 2013 National Student Survey for student satisfaction with the course (with 96% satisfied)
  • 7th (of 67 universities) in the UK for world-leading research and international excellence and 11th (out of 67 universities) in the UK for across all research categories: Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
  • 11th in the Times Good University Guide 2014
  • The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey ranked the University of Reading 12th in the country, with the campus environment in joint first place.

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Important Changes to NCA Assessment Policy

The NCA certifies that an applicant has:

  • an understanding and knowledge of Canadian law, and
  • knowledge equivalent to that of a graduate of a Canadian common law program.

Equivalence to an approved Canadian common law, law degree serves as the benchmark when the NCA evaluates applicants with legal education or training in another country or in a Canadian civil law program. The Certificate of Qualification does not, however, duplicate a Canadian law degree, which varies between law schools. NCA applicants may be asked to challenge examinations in subjects that all law schools may not require for a law degree.

In January 2014, the NCA approved two changes to its assessment policies. The first change is detailed in policy paragraph 1.2.5, and involves deadlines for an NCA applicant to complete their assigned requirements. The new policy gives all NCA applicants five (5) years from the date of their assessment to complete their requirements. This policy change applies to all active NCA files.

If your file was assessed on or after January 2009, you have five years to complete your assigned requirements and you do not need to contact the NCA for an extension. If your qualifications were assessed prior to January 2009 and you have not completed your assigned requirements, you must contact the NCA to request an extension. Your request must state the reasons for needing an extension.

The second change involves wording in policy paragraph 3 for the assessment of applicants with non-common law training; there are no substantive changes to this part of the NCA policy.

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Law Practice Program at Ryerson University

Exciting News for UK law graduates concerned about finding Articles in Canada.

Ryerson University and Law Society of Upper Canada announce Law Practice Program to be delivered by Ryerson beginning September, 2014.

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University Partner Announcement

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Future Project is now representing Queen’s University Belfast! Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s 24 leading research-intensive institutions and is home to more than 17,000 students and 3,000 staff. The School of Law has over 160 years of experience in teaching law and is ranked in the Top 10 in the UK with an impressive 8th overall in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2013. In the latest Research Assessment Exercise 95% of research in the School was rated of international quality and above, with  60% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

The School of Law at Queens seeks to interact with the wide community of people who have an interest in the study of law, whether it be locally, nationally, regionally or globally. At undergraduate level Queens offers the LLB single honours degree and at postgraduate level specialized courses in criminology, governance, international commerce, environmental law and human rights are available. Notably, Queen’s is the only university in the UK to offer a JD (Juris Doctor). The School is developing joint programmes with other universities in Ireland and the US. Please contact Future Project, to learn more about how we can assist you in pursuing your law school ambitions.

University Partner Announcement

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Future Project is now representing The University of Northampton, which has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education award for the University of the Year 2013. The award recognizes institutions that have demonstrated exceptional performance in the past academic year. The shortlisting comes at a time when the University of Northampton is cementing its place as a leading university; with success across the board in several Higher Education league tables. In addition, the National Student Survey and the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education surveys have recognized the commitment of academic and professional services staff to enhancing the academic and student experience at the University.

Students studying Law at The University of Northampton benefit from teaching which examines law in its wider context and takes into account how different concepts relate to one another. In addition to the normal law course offerings, The University of Northampton offers a unique 2-year intensive LL.B (Hons) course, enabling students to condense three years of study into two years, accelerating their career development. Please contact Future Project, to learn more about how we can assist you in pursuing your law school ambitions.

University Partner Announcement

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Future Project is now recruiting for 5 UK law schools! We are thrilled to to announce that as we continue recruitment for the 2014/15 academic year, we are now authorized representatives of the University of Sunderland.

The University of Sunderland is an innovative, forward-thinking university with high standards of teaching, research and support. It has strong links with industry and business, and works closely with some of the world’s leading companies.

The two Sunderland campuses and the London campus are perfectly placed to ensure a quality student experience. The University of Sunderland is a truly life-changing university, which has been providing higher education in the since 1901, and is proud to be an innovative, accessible and inspirational university. The University of Sunderland  has over 17,000 students and 1,300 staff. Please contact Future Project to learn more about how we can assist you in pursuing your law school ambitions.

University Partner Announcement

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Future Project is excited to announce that we are now recruiting for Bristol Law School at UWE Bristol. UWE Bristol has a history built on partnerships and collaborations dating back to 1595. Over the years UWE has continued this tradition in order to grow and transform itself to meet the demands of modern day students and higher education teaching.

Bristol Law School has been successfully involved in legal education for over 40 years and provides high quality courses taught in a fully supportive learning environment. The Faculty of Business and Law comprises Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School who provide a range of undergraduate, postgraduate, higher research and professional courses covering a wide variety of business and law subjects.

Please contact Future Project to learn more about how we can assist you in pursuing your law school ambitions.