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Karina Rooney | University of Sunderland


Student Profile:

  • Name: Karina Rooney
  • Age: 19
  • Studying: LLB Law
  • Hometown: Sedgefield
  • Ambitions: To complete a master’s degree in Criminal Law and become an academic

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July 25th, 2013

My Last Ever Lives Online Post :(



Im going to miss doing lives online :[

July 18th, 2013

Second Year Results!


July 15th, 2013

Advice For Freshers

Hello so I wanted to do a post for advice for the new freshers, its scary going to uni and you don’t know what to expect so here’s a few little pointers for you, I hope they help!

  • Everyone is in the same boat! – When you first arrive at uni its all new and can be scary, some people may have moved ten miles from home some could have moved thousands of miles from home! But one thing to remember is that your all in the same boat! Its  new to you all! So don’t be shy, speak to as many people as you can in freshers week and if you living in halls of residence get to know your flat mates straight away your going to be living with them for a while so you need to know their names! Scared to talk to them? Best thing I found was to offer them a cup of tea! Tea always gets the ball rolling and quicker than you know it, it will all seem normal to you and you will wonder why you were so scared in the first place :]
    If you do find that you are still upset and feel as if your not fitting in right after a few weeks then please speak to someone, the university has counsellors that can help you feel more settled and relaxed and they understand what its like and you certainly wont be alone!
  • Stick in! – University isn’t a walk in the park! It does get tough at times and it can make you want to tear your hair out, but the rewards for sticking in are totally worth it! Just think about it this is your degree! Stick in now and in a few years’ time when job searching, placement searching, you will be glad you put in that extra effort.
  •  Get involved in everything – University is about having fun and making friends, so get stuck into everything! Every opportunity you get TAKE! You probably wont get the same sorts of opportunities like these again so its best to do them now and then they are done! Hey you may even change your mind about what career path you want to take (I did!)
  • Don’t leave your assignments/revision until the last minute – I know some people need the pressure of a deadline to complete work, but I would strongly advise NOT to do this! It makes you panic and stresses you out much more than if you had started a week or even a few days before hand and it’s likely that you will miss something out and not get as good a grade as you can! For Law essays you should really be starting research straight away!!
  • If you need help ASK! – Although I’m a Law student, I’ve dealt with lots of members of staff from the majority of the faculties at Sunderland and I cannot fault any of them at all! They are always friendly and happy to help you if you have a question/query. The Faculty of Business and Law and the Law staff are all amazing! Again they are always willing to help out with questions and will make sure that you understand before your meeting is finished, whether it be a query about assignments or a more complex question for example student finance, where they personally may not know the answer but will always point you in the direction of who will! They also have an “Open Door” policy so you can see a member of staff at any point (obviously if they are in!)
  • Finally…HAVE FUN! – University is probably the only time where you can be crazy and have fun with little consequences and it’s also where you have little responsibility (let’s face it all you really have to do is eat, sleep, try not to spend your student loan too quickly and attend lectures….it’s not that difficult is it? 😛 ), so ENJOY IT! :]


good luck


July 8th, 2013

My Last Month!!!! :[


Well this is my last month as a Lives Online blogger and I must say its rather upsetting! I’m really going to miss updating my blog and Facebook page with what im doing and answering all your questions, its been a fantastic year and I’ve loved blogging about it! Ive done a little video for you all about it here: [youtube][/youtube]


Here are also some pictures of my favourite times from the last year:


Finally along with the pictures above I want to highlight some of my favourite blog posts from this year: – This was my second Open Day and was undoubtedly my favourite, being with Lydia, Lauren and Kyle was great fun and it was a lovely day too :] – I LOVE the reading week’s at uni especially the November ones and the trip to London its always an amazing time and I will never forget the memories from them :] – This post is possibly the best advice i could EVER give, its what gets me through uni and i hope it helps others out there too! – I must admit this is one of my favourite blog posts and (fingers crossed) I get to study Space Law next year! 😀 – Again more advice but i think that its well worth a watch I promise :] – One of the amazing features of Sunderland Uni’s Law department  is its Mock Court Room and heres a quick video of it! – Stuck with what you can do with an LL.B? Here you go!! – Not even sure what an LL.B is? This explains it! 🙂



Anyway I know this is a long post but I wanted to give you all a big overview of my year as a lives online blogger and as this is one of my last posts (there will only be 3/4 more :[ )  and its been such an amazing experience and it has made me want to continue blogging my time as a student and start my own blog :]

I hope you all well and keep an eye out for the next last few posts! :[
Chow! x


June 20th, 2013

Student Recipies: Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Hello everyone!

Today I had very little to do so I decided that I would bake some cookies to take down to my granddad’s this weekend. Here’s the recipe and some pictures! If you try this out let me know! 😀


100g (4oz) Butter/Margarine
100g (4oz) Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1/2 Teaspoon of Vanilla Essence
175g (6oz) Plain Flour
175g (6oz) Chocolate Chips (Milk/Dark/White)


1. Grease two large baking trays using either butter or margarine (or you can like i have use baking parchment which saves on washing up later on ;] ) and turn the oven onto 150 oC

2. Mix the sugar and the butter/margarine into a bowl and beat until it is light and creamy. Here it helps if the butter is at room temperature as it mixes far easier into the sugar!

3. Break the egg into a small bowl and whisk, then into this stir in the vanilla essence. When mixed together add to the mixture in the larger bowl (the sugar and butter mix)

4. Add the flour and chocolate chips into the bowl and stir well, making a smooth mixture. I suggest adding the flour and chocolate chips in gradually, adding a little of each at a time then stirring as this stops there being pockets of flour in the mix :]

5. Spoon the mixture onto the greased baking trays and lightly press down on the mixture, depending on how thick or thin you want your cookies depends on how many you get from the mix, these amounts should make around 12 :]. Place in the oven for between 10-15 minutes until golden brown and soft in the middle.

6. Remove from the oven and lift the cookies from the tray using a fish slice or spatula and place on a wire rack to cool. When cool… ENJOY! :]

Step 7

June 13th, 2013

One of the perks of being a Sunderland Uni student


One of the things I LOVE about being a student at Sunderland University are some of the “perks” that you get.

Today Sunderland uni managed to get a limited (but quite a lot!) amount of tickets to the Bon Jovi concert that is taking place at the Stadium of Light this evening and offered them staff and students FOR FREE……..FREE BON JOVI TICKETS PEOPLE!!!! Its one of the biggest gig’s that is going on Sunderland this year and we were able to get free tickets for it! WHAT A PERK!

I’ll be honest tickets for gig’s this big aren’t a regular occurrence but there are always  tickets available for the theatre or for smaller gig’s either in Sunderland or Newcastle that are either free like today’s Bon Jovi tickets or are stupidly cheap/good deals! This may not be something that appeals to everyone but its something I LOVE about Sunderland uni :]

I’m just gutted I didn’t get any tickets for Bon Jovi (I’m too slow and just missed out!) :[

Anyway, I got really excited by this and thought it would be a nice thing to blog about and tell people about as I think its great! haha!

To those who got tickets for tonight enjoy! and to everyone else I hope you still have a fab night! :]

June 9th, 2013



It’s all been rather quiet since I came home for summer, I’ve really not been doing much mainly just relaxing and spending time with family and friends! I think its needed though cos as soon as im back in Sunderland and at uni in my final year its all going to be crazy again, so the time off is definitely welcomed!

I have however started doing some research and gathering some articles together that I think may be useful for my dissertation so I’ve not stopped working altogether ;] I enjoy Law too much to just stop altogether haha!

I’ve also decided whilst I’m home that I’m going to start going back to my old Karate club again to help me keep fit during the summer and also to have something to do :] I used to go before I came to university so it will be nice to go again although i am a little rusty ;]

I hope you are all enjoying your breaks! And hope those who attended the Open Day on Saturday had an amazing day! 😀

May 20th, 2013

What is an LL.B?


So I’m studying for an LL.B Degree but WHAT IS an LL.B?

LL.B stands for Legum Baccalaureus which is Latin (if you hadn’t guessed!) meaning Bachelor of Laws. It is what the study of Law at an undergraduate level is called :] Undergraduate of course being your first degree :]  If your wanting to study Law this is the route that most people take, during the LL.B at Sunderland you study the seven modules that give you a qualifying law degree. The 7 modules being: Criminal Law, Contract Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law,  EU Law, Tort Law, Land Law and Equity and Trusts. These modules are studied over the full 3 years and alongside these you can chose other option modules to take, and Sunderland certainly have a large variety! Some universities will not have these modules as set core modules so you will have to remember to pick therm when choosing your options, and if you don’t then you don’t get a qualifying law degree! So why stress about it! Pick a university that has the 7 modules as core modules so any “optional” modules are what you are free to pick! :]
See the full list of option modules available at Sunderland University here: .

So what is involved in studying for the LL.B? 
Its not a walk in the park, when studying law you have to put the effort in to reap the rewards, but trust me you really do reap the rewards when you do. The majority of your work will be spent looking through books,cases and various materials provided by lecturers. The legal data bases’s of Lexis, Westlaw and JustCite will become your best friends as these hold everything you will need when studying on the LL.B and if its not there you don’t need it! They save you HEAPS of time in finding cases and legislation and save you looking through books to find what you need, this doesn’t render books useless or unneeded as they can still provide you with valuable information that the databases don’t and give you the information in more context :] You also have the work the lecturers provide which helps to guide you in the right direction with your study, but a little deviation isn’t a bad thing (hey deviation lead me to my dissertation topic! :] )

Experience’s during the LL.B

During the LL.B at Sunderland there have been LOTS of different opportunities to get involved with and its down to you as the student to be pro-active in getting involved in them and in bettering yourself! The department organise events such as guest speakers which can range from solicitors/barristers giving lectures to other lecturers from various universities that will give subject specific research seminars. There are also career evenings put on during the year allowing students to network with various professionals that are within the desired route you may wish to take. Various competitions in mooting and debating are also held over the year and there are also options to participate in student led research seminars for those not wishing to become solicitors/barristers but are more inclined to become academics or other professions.

What about after the LL.B?

After the LL.B is dependant upon which career route you wish to take.
You may wish to continue onto the Legal Practitioners Course (LPC) which a qualification that if you wish to become a solicitor, it is something you will need to have! It can be studied part time or full time and lasts either a year or two years (depending on how you study!) and will give you the necessary qualifications and skills to move toward becoming a solicitor.
More information here:
Full Time
Part Time

To become a Barrister you would need to enrol onto the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) which is offered at many universities and is much like the LPC, it will teach and train you in advocacy, legal drafting and all other essential skills required when becoming a Barrister.  The course is for 1 year  full time however some institutions may offer this part time (its best to just look around :] )

If however becoming a barrister or solicitor isn’t for you (I’ll be honest its not for me!)  you may wish to move onto something else! You may want to continue Legal study further and study for a masters degree, Sunderland offers two Masters degrees (LLM’s) ,
Criminal Law and Procedure ( ) and the other in Human Rights (

Or you may wish to go into teaching, at which point (depending on the age group you want to teach!) you may wish to enrol on the  Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) ( Which is a year long course for ages 5-11  OR the Post Compulsory Education and Training  (PCET) ( which is aged 11+ and is also a year long course!


So there is a whistle stop tour of what an LL.B is, what it entails, experiences whilst on the LL.B  and what you can do after it! I know its a rather long post but hopefully you find it beneficial! If you have any questions feel free to comment here or to message me on my Facebook page! ( I’d be happy to help!