UCL Faculty of Laws


Jorge Leyton García - LLM Public Law 2015

What encouraged you to pursue a degree in Public Law?  

There was a broad spectrum of modules on matters which I thought were interesting and useful, particularly regarding the connections between issues such as human rights, labour law and public law.

Why did you choose to study at UCL Laws? 

UCL had all the characteristics I was looking for. It is a world-class university with a community made up of people from all corners of the world, and the Faculty of Laws has been consistently ranked among the best in the world. I was especially attracted by the modules on matters which interested me most (labour law and human rights), and the academic staff who taught these modules. Professors like Virginia Mantouvalou, Nicola Countouris and Rick Rawlings are not only experts in their fields but also great academics. Last but not least, UCL is located in the middle of an incredible city – London has become one of my favourite places in the world.

Which modules on the Public Law programme did you particularly enjoy? 

My best memories come from two great courses. One was Judicial Review with Professor Rawlings. Even though it was a course slightly distinct from my main interests, it was an incredible experience that enhanced my legal thinking. The seminars were interesting and required engagement from all students. I had a similar experience with the seminars on the Human Rights at Work module, with Professor Mantouvalou. All discussions involved rich debates and lots of critical analysis.

What have you gone on to do since graduating? 

After returning to my country (Chile) in 2015, I combined my work as a lawyer with teaching as a part-time lecturer at my university. In 2019, I was awarded a scholarship to begin my PhD studies at the University of Bristol School of Law, where I am now pursuing my doctoral research and working as an Assistant Teacher.

What advice would you give to prospective or current students to make the most of their time at UCL Laws?

Although there are lots of things to do in London and UCL in particular, I would recommend any future student to really connect with their studies too. It is a privilege to be a part of an academic community of this level, and the amount of knowledge and experiences to engage with is immense. My days studying the LLM inspired my academic career and put me on the path that I'm following now.