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Tomilola Sola-Idowa


Tomilola Sola-Idowa

In her second year Tomilola won the CPS Criminal Law Prize which won her a week's work experience with the Crown Prosecution Service. 

We caught up with Tomilola to find out how the University's ethos of 'Making Knowledge Work' has enabled her to succeed in her studies and set her up for an outstanding career in Law.

“I came from Nigeria to study at Bradford after my sister told me how lovely and friendly the environment is here. Studying in a different country gives you the edge, as it shows that you have international experience. I was also taught by a lecturer who works for the UN - giving me exposure to an international expert. So when I'm looking for employment I'll be able to talk about these experiences.

"There are many ways that you can build up your experience towards a career in law at Bradford. I did work experience at the Crown Prosecution Service where I got to shadow a crown court judge. I got to see everything including the case files which I was able to write my own notes on. I was also asked for my opinion on whether or not I would prosecute a prospective criminal.

"We had lots of career support, including weekly careers lectures and one-to-one sessions with careers tutors. We discussed careers paths and they put me in touch with judges and barristers who I could shadow. I made so many professional connections at Bradford. I'm in touch with a crown court judge who said I can call him whenever I need anything, so I have him on speed dial.

"I've been involved in the Law Society at Bradford, which was really helpful for me. I helped to organise as well as participate in mooting competitions. If you won the competition you could win prizes such as shadowing a barrister or a judge. All of these experiences confirmed my ambitions to go for a career in law and they created a drive in me to work extra hard.

After graduating I'm going to law school in Nigeria for a year so I can become a practicing solicitor over there. I hope to move up to senior advocate level after a couple of years, and then eventually I would love to become a judge. I will be graduating from Bradford with an ethos of hard work and commitment to whatever is put before me."

Tomilola Sola-Idowa

Graduated in 2013

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