Legal Practice PgDip: A Graduate Success Story

We’re very proud of our alumni here at Staffordshire University, and we always like to keep up with them as they progress in their careers.

Sometimes, our former students come all the way from the Caribbean to share those stories. Victrina Cuffie completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with us via blended learning. She is now working as an attorney at law in her native Trinidad and Tobago.

Paul Allen, Lecturer in Law (Course Leader for the Legal Practice Course) and Victrina Cuffie

What attracted you to Staffordshire University?

“When I was registering to do the Legal Practice course at Staffordshire University, there was – and there still is – no other university that offers the blended programme,” Victrina told us.

The blended learning option meant she was able to balance commitments at home in Trinidad through the distance learning element of the course, while still enjoying face-to-face interaction with staff and other students on our campus in Stoke-on-Trent.

How has the course helped you in your career?

Completing the Law LLB – the Bachelor of Law degree – provided Victrina with a strong grounding in the theoretical aspects of the subject, she says. But it was the Legal Practice course that put things into a practical perspective for her.

“You fill out forms, role play, act like you’re in court, dress the part and act the part,” Victrina explains. “Being a practising attorney at law, it has helped me a lot. It allowed me to apply my knowledge so that I can get ahead and it has contributed largely to my success at the moment.”

What did you enjoy most?

Coming from a family with a business background, Victrina’s favourite parts of the course were the business law and practice modules and anything else that was business related. Personally, I liked it because it was something that I could apply and I also loved Corporate Law. I enjoyed that the most because it applied to my life.

Since graduating in 2016, Victrina has become a great ambassador for the School of Law, Policing and Forensics and for Staffordshire University. Some friends and family members who saw her experience and the positive impact it had are currently enrolled on courses with us, while others have already graduated!

“Doing my postgraduate programme, the LPC, makes me proud to be a Staffordshire student because it’s an experience that I hold near and dear to my heart.”

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