Tim Haddow is a newly-admitted advocate, practicing from Hastie Stables. He completed the graduate LLB in 2011 and the DPLP in 2012.
What is your background from before you undertook the graduate LLB?
I was in the Royal Navy for 19 years, serving in engineering, operational and headquarters roles. I had an honours degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
Why did you choose to change careers?
To provide stability for our family and allow us to settle back in Edinburgh after moving around a number of times whilst serving with the Royal Navy.
"...I very much enjoyed the fact that (with the exception of Legal Reasoning / Jurisprudence) it was a thoroughly practical course as the professional subjects focussed on what the law was and how to apply it ..."
Much more library based and focussed on written work and research. Though I very much enjoyed the fact that (with the exception of Legal Reasoning / Jurisprudence) it was a thoroughly practical course as the professional subjects focussed on what the law was and how to apply it – that suited me (I expect) a lot better than the more academic study of law that might be expected in the honours years.
How does the course compare to your expectations of studying the law?
It met my expectations. I was able to prepare well as my access to the [university] systems following award of my place on the course allowed me some access to online resources so I had the chance to sample some of the material prior to actually commencing the course.
Were you made to feel a part of the Law School?
Yes, very much so.
Were you involved in Law School societies?
Yes. I was involved in the Law Students’ Council (including as Vice-President in my second year), the Mature Law Students’ Society (now the Graduate Law Students’ Society) and the Mooting Society.
Tell us about a standard day on the Graduate LLB.
2 or 3 lectures, usually in the morning. With tutorials dotted around.
"...one of the real highlights for me was the quality/expertise of the lecturers..."
What are the staff like? Who teaches you?
Generally excellent. I think that was one of the real highlights for me was the quality/expertise of the lecturers. I think particularly of people like Hector MacQueen, George Gretton and Kenneth Reid, all absolutely the leading experts in their field (and current and former law commissioners, who often designed the law as it stands) teaching us the ‘introductory’ courses at Ordinary level.
Were you able to balance home commitments/work with studying?
Yes. The exam periods were very intensive (I’d prefer a much greater emphasis on assessed coursework assignments as at other Unis) but manageable with family commitments. I was fortunate not to require to work during term-time but I know others did (and with family commitments too).
What do you do now? How did the LLB prepare you for your current career?
I have just (July 2016) been admitted to the Faculty of Advocates. The LLB was essential (not just in qualification terms) in teaching me the law and confirming to me that I enjoyed (and was good at) the legal research and analysis, and the written and oral presentation of legal argument, that now forms the central part of my new career.