Laetitia Tanqueray

When I was 10-years-old, I met a lawyer, and I asked my mum “how do I become one of those?”- I couldn’t think of anything better but to know what is right and wrong, and helping people, especially children, fight for justice. So, as I was told to become one, I began to work really hard! But when I was 13, I moved from France to Wales. To top it off, I could hardly speak a word of English. How now could I become a lawyer?! Even if I might not become a French lawyer, I thought, I could become an international child Lawyer. And so my dream continued (and grew)! Unfortunately, when I was 14, my mum became severely disabled and I didn’t know how to communicate that I needed help from professionals.

This meant that I had to juggle learning English, do my GCSEs and care for my mum. The mix still gave me average GSCEs, but not excellent. However, my 10-year-old dream was still a dream that I wanted to turn into a reality. Thus, despite the drawbacks, I got excellent A-levels and made it to the University of Exeter to read English and Welsh Law (LLB) and French Law (Maîtrise en Droit Français). Pretty sure my 10-year-old self would be so proud!

However, in my first year, being my mum’s primary carer, I had to interrupt and in my second year, I had to defer all my exams. Although this was pretty tough, I got through it with the help of the excellent staff and friends at Exeter! Now, I am a current third year, undertaking a dissertation on how young carers can, and should have, more rights in France and the United Kingdom.  Undertaking my dissertation has shown me how the Law works and orientates the world. Thus, it is through the Law that the world can change- so you better know it!

A Law Degree isn’t meant to be easy, nor is life, but you can truly use your experiences to forge your degree and go into the career you’ve always dreamt of!