Congratulations to four outstanding students who completed their studies in the July/August sitting and obtained a First class degree

This post has been contributed by Dr Yvonne Jacobs Associate Dean: Assessments and Student Lifecycle, Undergraduate Laws. Please note views expressed on the following blog are those of the author and publication on the Undergraduate Laws blog does not constitute an endorsement.

Our standard entry First class students are Derek Kho from Malaysia, and Thaddeus Jalleh also from Malaysia who both studied at Brickfields Asia College, and Ida-Maria Pyk who studied independently.

Our graduate entry First class student is Wan Wing Hun from Hong Kong who studied at School Of Professional Education And Executive Development (SPEED).

Ida-Maria Pyk
Ida-Maria Pyk

Ida-Maria Pyk

Completing the LLB and obtaining a First Class Honours has been challenging but extremely rewarding. Having previously worked as a journalist and published two novels in Sweden, I was a bit nervous about entering into the field of law. However, deciding to become a lawyer is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made! I would encourage anyone who is studying law or is about to start the LLB to be diligent, start preparing for the exams early, focus on the parts of the syllabus that you find engaging and make sure you are well rested before the exams. A huge thank you to my family without whom I would not have made it through this degree!

Derek Kho
Derek Kho

Derek Kho

It’s not easy. Of course it’s not, but then again, nothing worth doing is ever easy. It’s been an especially long journey for me, after leaving Medicine and joining Law, years later it’s still hard to believe I’ve finally crossed the finish line. The LLB programme from London is challenging, and not for the faint of heart, made even more complex with the pandemic. It is by no means impossible, however, with some dedication and hard work and help from friends and family. I’m glad for this experience, and whatever the future holds, I humbly thank the University of London for the journey, and I from a long-time student to future applicants, I wish them: happy studying!

Wan Wing Hung

Wan Wing Hung

First of all, I would very much love to thank the staff of University of London and my local teaching institute (School Of Professional Education And Executive Development [Speed], Hong Kong) for their effort to continue delivering quality lectures and conducting examinations amidst this difficult time. I am flattered to be awarded a First Class. As a part-time student, it takes a lot of self-discipline to balance between study and work and this could mean sacrificing most (if not all) of your leisure time. It is not an easy task but it is ever so rewarding and I believe a genuine love of the law and a desire to pursue knowledge will see you through. Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude to my family and friends for without their support, I would not have been able to achieve this good result.

Thaddeus Jalleh

The journey throughout the University of London LLB course was certainly a challenging one, especially in the midst of the pandemic. However, I am eternally grateful to those who helped me to persevere during this difficult time such as my siblings and the lecturers at my learning institution, Brickfields Asia College as well as the staff in the University of London. This degree course has certainly made me a better person and has provided me with the mindset and skills to adapt to challenging circumstances as well as the ability to critically analyze certain issues and matters. I am sincerely grateful for the accomplishment that the University of London has given me and I would like to encourage others in this course to never give up, to seek support from others and to help each other throughout these challenging times because I could have not accomplished this Award if it was not for the support of my siblings, friends and lecturers. Throughout the University of London LLB course, I have witnessed and experienced the principle that “in unity, there is strength.

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