International Women's Day
To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day Event, we are pleased to present a showcase of some of Exeter Law School’s female alumnae.
LLB Law, 2010
Gender Adviser, Relief International, Afghanistan
As well as the analytical skills gained through my degree, the understanding of legal and institutional processes has been important in working on good governance issues.
Partner, Disputes – King & Spalding International LLP
I loved studying in Exeter, it was a good mix of lectures, tutorials and moots. My degree was a great foundation for my legal career; I am currently an International Disputes lawyer at a law firm.
Chair of the University’s Governing Body, Council
Having graduated with a law degree from Exeter, I took my Barrister’s exams at the College of Law and joined global insurance broker Willis as an in-house lawyer in 1978.
I was instrumental in building Willis' European network as well as the Group's operations in China, Latin America, India and other high-growth markets, before rising to become Chief Executive of its international operations in 2001, and Chairman in 2006.
Law LLB, 2015
Associate Editor, SAGE Publishing
A law degree sets you up to be a problem solver, and gives the skill set to look at a problem and come up with several different answers. This is incredibly useful, not just when it comes to solving complaints, legal issues or drafting a contract, but also on the creative side of things when it might come to marketing content and how best to do it for example. It gives you the ability to look at something and give a fresh perspective.
LLB LAW / Double Maitrise en Droit Europeen, 2013
Private Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions; Civil Service
The civil service is full of smart people who want to make a difference. I’ve managed a team in a jobcentre, worked as a Private Secretary to a Minister, worked on policy around NHS targets - it’s fantastically varied.
Legal Training Manager, Michelmores
At the time I graduated (1985) there was still a heavy bias in the larger law firms to Oxbridge graduates. However, the fact I was dually qualified in both English and French law gave me an edge on other applicants and I secured a number of offers of training contracts. I spent a few years with a London firm including a stint in their Paris office and following the professional exams I arranged to spend an internship at a leading US firm based in New York. Read more.
LLB Law, 2011
Barrister, Magdelen Chambers & Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter.
Never allow your choices to be determined by other people’s versions of success. Work out what you want to do, then go do it. Always do your best, persevere and take advantage of every opportunity presented to you.
Law LLB, 2015
Supporter Engagement Coordinator, CLIC Sargent
There are so many aspects of a law degree which are transferrable to other walks of life, and it’s also given me a great deal of confidence which you definitely need in whatever sector you end up in.
Dr Sue Prince
LLB Law, 1994
Associate Professor, University of Exeter
My law degree has empowered me to work with inspiring students to develop access to justice tools and approaches to policy and so in my small way has enabled me to change the world.
LLB Law, 2013
Associate,Torys LLP, Toronto, Canada
After graduating, I returned to Canada to complete my Canadian equivalency exams. I was subsequently called to the bar in Ontario and began working as an in-house lawyer in a private company in the field of public private partnerships. I have recently joined Torys LLP
I chose to study the LLB European for the opportunity to study both English and the French legal systems. I wanted a course that was diverse and challenging, and enjoyed the possibility of switching from one legal system to another. The programme is the perfect course for any aspiring international City solicitor, because English and American law firms are very keen to meet students who can reason, understand and apply simultaneously Common Law and Civil Law concepts in multi-jurisdictional deals brought about by international clients.
Development Associate, Women's Link Worldwide, Madrid
My time studying a Master’s at the Universität des Saarlandes gave me the confidence to work in an international setting and, after spending time working in different countries in Europe and Asia, I was fortunate enough to be offered an internship at Women’s Link Worldwide. When my internship came to an end, I was delighted to be offered the chance to continue working in their Development team.
LLM Master of Laws, European Legal Studies, 1996
Senior Legal Counsel, European Central Bank, Frankfurt.
This Mark Twain quote would come close to what I want to say to young women: ‘The secret to getting ahead is getting started..’.
American & Commonwealth Arts 1989, LLB Law, 1992
Marketing Director, Michelmores LLP
‘It is easier to ask forgiveness than to seek permission.’ Grace Hopper, US Navy Rear Admiral & computer scientist.
So just go for it!
LLB (European) with French Maitrise en Droit. 2011
Insurance Lawyer for ClientEarth
Climate change poses a significant threat to the future of society. Law provides society with a unique tool for combatting climate change and protecting the environment for future generations. By using law, we can accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy that is both resilient and sustainable
Erika Federis Cox
LLB Law, 2015
Trainee Solicitor, Foot Anstey, LLP
Always stay true to who you are, because you are perfect exactly as you are.
LLB Law, 2006
Senior Associate at Foot Anstey LLP Legacy and Trust Disputes team
Studying law at the University of Exeter opened the door to my career in law. I had a fantastic 3 years studying and was lucky enough to complete my training contract with one of the region's largest law firms. 10 years later I still love my job and continue to learn.