Law PhD student
My name is Lee and I'm a 24 year old part-time PhD student, currently planning and writing a 100,000 word thesis in the area of free speech law in the UK.
Prior this, I completed an undergraduate degree in law and a Masters degree in Research, achieving a high 2:1 in both. This has given me invaluable research skills, writing and reading skills and presentational skills. Indeed, in both degrees I had to research and write a 15,000 word dissertation in around six months and I was awarded a first in both dissertations.
My research skills include extensive use of internet academic databases (including LexisNexis, Lawtel, google scholar, Westlaw and HeinOnline),
using various university libraries up and down the country, interviewing academics to discuss their ideas, contacting various governmental agencies for access to material, reading and writing blogs and articles for academic journals, visiting prisons, courts and police stations and much more.
My skills are not just limited to law - my Masters degree curriculum involved deep study of sociology, psychology, international development, philosophy and political science and how to organise research in these fields. Therefore, I can appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of various qualitative and quantitative social science research methods (including focus groups, interviews, questionnaires, observations and statistics) because my course involved not only researching but direct experience of using each of these research methods.
As I see it, my key experience and skills which may be of use include: proof-reading lengthy documents, formulating a research strategy, formulating research ideas and questions, organising research material into manageable formats and lengths, formulating interview strategies, writing literature reviews, writing research proposals for applications and funding, preparing for academic presentations, transcribing legal tapes and interviews and various work of this sort.
Essentially, I have directly experienced and worked through most aspects of research, writing, reading and presentations (especially in social science) and would gratefully assist anyone in need of skills such as this.
Importantly, my PhD work is part-time and I organise my own hours as a research student, so I can easily fit my own research around anything offered through this website.
If you have any questions, please do contact me and thank you for reading my profile.