A part-time final year law student in Cork, Darren Enright discusses his decision to return to study as a mature student, the highlights of his time studying at Griffith College Cork, and his tips for new law students.
Name: Darren Enright
Year of graduation: 2015
Home Town / Country: Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Tell Us About Yourself …
I am a third year law student in Griffith College Cork and I also work part-time with the College’s Students’ Union and in the College library.
Why did you choose Griffith College Cork?
I really wanted to study law at degree level and as I was a mature student I couldn’t apply through the CAO system. Being able to apply direct to Griffith made it possible for me.
What do you like most about Griffith?
The lecturers in Griffith College Cork are exceptional. They are so approachable and willing to go above and beyond to help every single student reach their potential.
Did you feel prepared when you arrived and/or what surprised you?
Not entirely I had been out of the routine of studying for a good while and struggled with the workload initially. The most pleasant surprise was the support and patience of the lecturers. They always persevered when helping me with the study challenges I faced.
What has been the highlight of your course so far?
In first year we had a moot court as part of our final grade for the year. The preparation and event itself was very challenging and exciting. This helped me realise that a career in law is definitely right for me.
What’s the most useful thing you’ve learnt / experienced since starting your study at Griffith College Cork?
That it’s never too late to go back to study and pursue your dream.
Can you tell us about any practical experiences you have gained?
I have taken up the role of Student Liaison Officer for the Cork campus Students’ Union as well as working part-time in the library. Through these two jobs I’ve learnt a great deal about other degree subjects, got to know students from all walks of life and made some valuable contacts for the future.
Would you recommend your course, the college and city to other students?
Definitely. The new Cork campus officially opened in January and so Griffith College Cork’s Faculty of Law will certainly be a definite rival to the likes of UCC, UL and UCD in a few years. Currently it has the best lecturers in the country and with the continuous development of new facilities, Griffith College Cork is establishing itself as one of the most prestigious private colleges in Ireland.
Best bits of student life at Griffith College Cork …
Everyone is very friendly. There is no problem too big or too small that can’t be taken care of. The staff parties are also pretty good too!
Best thing about Cork ...
Cork is a city but really it’s like a big town. You don’t have to walk far before bumping into a friend. There so much happening in Cork too so there’s never a dull moment.
What are your tips for new law students planning to study in Cork?
Start the study early to ensure you keep on top of things. This also means more time for socialising and having fun. Also ask lecturers for tips on study and what books they recommend. It can really make all the difference if you can get a book that best suits your study style.
Is there anything else you can think of that is good to know about studying a course at Griffith’s Faculty of Law in Cork?
There is a great range of books in the College library and also DVDs that many students never avail of. It’s a shame. Not many colleges have such a wide variety available to students. Make the most of it!
What are your plans for the future?
I’m hoping that I might win the lotto(!) but if not my ambition is to train and work as a solicitor.
Interview by Lydia Casey