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Matthew Eyre

Law (LLB)

Matthew Eyre never thought that he would study at university, let alone get top marks. But he exceeded his own expectations by getting a First and thoroughly enjoying his Law (LLB) undergraduate degree. He is already using his legal skills, as he is representing claimants and defendants at employment tribunals. His ambition is to be a barrister.

Matthew regards Birkbeck as the perfect university for people who may never have considered studying at this level. He said:  'For people who think that university is not for them, studying at Birkbeck is the ideal opportunity. I left school at 17 and I always thought university was not for me, but I took to it like a fish to water. The staff provide a great deal of support.'

Matthew, originally from New Zealand, played the bass guitar in rock bands and worked in television production in Christchurch and London for 15 years before deciding to study at university. At the age of 32, Matthew enrolled on the four-year part-time Law (LLB) course at Birkbeck, and he has never looked back. He has combined his studies with working as a sub-editor for a publishing firm.

While studying here, Matthew embraced the full range of activities at Birkbeck’s School of Law. He represented us in mooting competitions and said the mock trials provided a real insight into the legal system. He was part of the mooting team that competed in the University of London Mooting Shield in 2011. Matthew adds: 'The mooting was one of the best things I did at Birkbeck. It was very useful and enjoyable – the icing on the cake.' Matthew was also the President of Birkbeck’s Law Society in 2011 and was responsible for organising legal-themed social events and careers events for fellow students.

Matthew says: 'You are taught by people who have practised at the bar. A career in law is all about commitment, and my plan is to practise at the bar. There was also a strong critical legal studies element to the Birkbeck law degree, which really appealed to me.'

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'I left school at 17 and I always thought university was not for me, but I took to it like a fish to water.'