I am officially finished second year of my law degree and it feels amazing! The time has passed so quickly but so slowly at the same time. This post in our series is all about the workload we’ve had to endure over the past 9 months. Continue reading “The Truth About Uni | Workload”
The third instalment of our blog series is all about FINANCE
As I go to the University of Aberdeen and I am from Scotland, I will give a little breakdown as to how paying for uni works here:
- Scottish students (and other European students who come to Scotland to study, I’m not sure how it works for other British students) do not have to pay tuition fees – the government pays for our studies, and we do not pay this money back. For this to happen, we must apply through an organisation called SAAS (http://www.saas.gov.uk/). This is done around April/May and this ensures that our tuition will be paid for. Our funding is not automatically “renewed”, so we therefore have to re-apply each year but that’s not a great inconvenience.
I am so grateful that our government does this for us as it encourages more people to study at university.
- We also have the option of taking out a student loan – a SAAS loan. We do pay this back. I have taken out a loan the past couple of years as I wasn’t sure how expensive student life would be and I was in the middle of purchasing a car, insurance, a new laptop etc. Depending on whether you live alone, your household income and other criteria, the amount you can receive will change. This money is only paid back once you are earning a certain amount a year (£17,775) and this money comes out of your salary before you receive it. For more information click here – SAAS Guidance.
So that’s how tuition and loans work here in Scotland.
Some further finance tips:
- Get a job – I work part-time and this has really helped me keep on top of everything.
- Spend carefully – I’m more of a saver anyway but if you have a lot of things to pay for, it’s really beneficial to break down your income and expenses – and budget accordingly. Make sure to prepare for any unexpected expenses and do some research on the cost of books etc. (For example, most of my law books are around £40 and I need to buy around 4 books every semester).
- Shop around – don’t buy something you need at the first price you see. See if other supermarkets are selling it cheaper or try and find a voucher code. If you’re looking for wi-fi, gas, electricity providers etc., use price comparison sites.
I hope this has given you some sort of background on how paying for uni works in Scotland. Any questions then feel free to leave a comment or send me an email! 🙂
Welcome to my new blog series/collab!
So as you may have gathered, the series is called ‘The Truth About Uni’ and it is in collaboration with some other great girls (links will be at the end).
Each post in the series will be a different uni-related topic. With this collab we hope to give some of you a heads-up of what to expect, some tips and just share some of our experiences…hope you enjoy!
The course that I’m studying is Law and I’m currently in my second year.
No one I know is a lawyer so I pretty much applied to the unknown. I started thinking about what I wanted to do when I was 14…you know when you have to make a my-world-of-work account and take that quiz?! (Is that still a thing?) And a lot of the careers that were being suggested I just didn’t fancy. I think it was maybe my guidance teacher that suggested looking into law, so that’s what I did…5 years later and that’s what I’m doing.
My degree is 4 years long and then if I want to be a practising solicitor, I have to do the Diploma of Legal Practice which entails some teaching and a 2 year traineeship in a law firm (note: this is for Scotland).
I still haven’t really settled on a clear cut answer as to why I decided on law.
One thing I like is the wide range of areas of law you can go into. For example, you’ve got commercial, criminal, family, succession…and a lot more! It just depends what grabs your attention and what you could spend time on. Because trust me, you will spend A LOT of time reading up on cases and legislation.
Another reason I like studying it is because it’s very clear-cut and structured. There’s no experiments or formulas, you look at the law and you apply it.
If you have any more questions about studying law feel free to leave me a comment or send me and email (link is down below)
I’m studying at the University of Aberdeen. I chose this uni for a couple of reasons:
1) Aberdeen is my home and I didn’t feel ready to move away. All my friends were staying at home and I didn’t feel ready to leave my parents.
2) Aberdeen Uni is actually pretty high up on the teaching scale for law so I’m quite lucky that I had a reputable uni in my city.
I like my university – the buildings are historic but classic. I’ll try and take some photos of some of the classic buildings for a later post, but just have a quick google search – some of them really are beautiful!
But besides looks, I’ve come across some great lecturers! One that I currently have doesn’t just explain the law, he tells you how to use it…how to be a good lawyer. And I like gaining knowledge from those who have had the experience. You can tell that some of them really care about delivering some fresh, respectable lawyers, and that’s important to me.
Once again, if you have any questions about anything I’ve talked about, feel free to leave a comment or send an email to – firstname.lastname@example.org
The lovely ladies that I’m doing this series with are –
Jasmine, Becky, Katherine, Tori, Saffron, Annaleid and Jen
So go check out their blogs and see what courses they are currently undertaking at uni.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit about my uni life and you’re looking forward to the next post in the series!
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