Isabella Martinez

Isabella Martinez

I first came to London to pursue a BA in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). For someone born and raised on the slower-paced Caribbean coast of Colombia, the city was a welcome change. My degree choice, on the other hand, was not as suitable.

The study of power and political structures was interesting in that it explored many of the issues I had seen first-hand in the blatant corruption of Colombian government and the country’s armed civil conflict. However, I became increasingly aware that my academic interests were more focused in the specifics of legislation and the mechanisms of the judiciary, rather than in the study of government as a whole. After taking a break from my studies and working in law firms I knew I wanted to do an LLB.

MPW offered me the quickest route of getting the qualifications I needed in order to achieve this with one-year A levels. The quality of teaching, nevertheless, was not undermined by the speed of the programme. In History, Robert Heggie pushed me to be more detailed in my arguments and sharp in my writing whilst somehow managing to make the Korean War relevant to today. Sarah Tyler was impressive not only because of the fact she co-authored the Edexcel Religious Studies textbooks but also because she provided her students with concrete strategies to get top-marks. Richard Martin’s comedic repertoire lightened even the tragedy of King Lear without ever debasing the depth of meaning within the texts covered in English Literature. Valeria Givone gave personalised attention to the needs of her students and, in doing so, gave me an opportunity to improve my fluency in French. Finally, my director of studies, Harriet Bloomfield, was and continues to be there to answer all of my questions regarding the UCAS process.

Both her help and that of my teachers has been directed to my meeting my offer to read Law this coming September at the London School of Economics, my firm choice. Presently I am completing an internship in a Spanish law firm and later this summer I will be shadowing judges in Colombia. In the future, I would like to get involved in international litigation. The emerging field of transnational law appeals to my interest in different cultures and I see it as increasingly pivotal in a globalised world.