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Letizia Corsi Law & European Legal Studies2015

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I got involved in the Law Society, Mooting Society, and the Futures in Finance Conference. These opportunities were the perfect learning platform and career-orientated events helped me to understand what I am passionate about and what I wanted to do in the future.

What made you choose to come to study at Southampton?

I came to Southampton because I liked the range of optional modules offered and the possibility to integrate a year abroad into my studies through the European Legal Studies Programme. Southampton was also high in the ranking and seemed like a nice place to live.

What have been your Southampton ‘highlights’ (best experiences) so far?

I enjoy my day-to-day routine in Southampton. It is a wonderful place to live as it offers a great deal of entertainment without being unnecessarily distracting. I like the fact that the University offers one main campus with a great number of facilities - every time I go to Uni, to the SU bar or to the gym I am sure I will bump into someone I know!

One of my favourite highlights was being one of the organisers of the Futures in Finance Conference which is one of the biggest student-run conferences in the UK, hosting more than 250 delegates. It gave me the opportunity to network with students and professionals who shared my interest in a career in finance, as well as to gain valuable work experience.

What opportunities have you taken up (within your degree programme and extra-curricular)? In what ways have they helped your personal development?

I have taken up a great number of opportunities while at university as I wanted to live the experience to the fullest. I cannot over-emphasise the importance of getting involved in societies, clubs, and employers’ events right from the beginning. It is one of the very few opportunities we are given in life to work, trying new things and take on responsibilities without being held accountable for every mistake we make (as long as we try our best, of course!). I got involved in the Law Society, Mooting Society, and the Futures in Finance Conference. These opportunities were the perfect learning platform and career-orientated events helped me to understand what I am passionate about and what I wanted to do in the future. They have confirmed my interest in a career which could incorporate finance into legal practice.

I also got involved in volunteering with several associations (Enactus, AST, and RAG). This not only enabled me to help others, but also provided a way for me to improve my skills, both personal and professional. I was legal advisor for Enactus and AST taught me about drafting powers of attorney to protect vulnerable individuals at risk of losing mental capacity. By being part of the committee of several societies, I learnt a great deal about working within a small group of people, organising events and even managing the finances of a small “business”. The cherry on top of all this is that each and every one of these activities allowed me to make friends and have fun.

Additionally, as part of my course, I took the chance to study abroad for one year in France. This was an incredible experience in so many ways, and gave me the opportunity to learn a foreign language, as well as the basics of a different legal system.

Have you had any exposure to employer involvement or research led learning during your course? How will this help you achieve your ambition?

I applied through the Employability Office of the law school for a summer internship in the legal sector. It was a great experience and confirmed my interest in the type of career I intended to pursue.

What are you enjoying most about your course?

I enjoy the discussion and deep analysis which take place in tutorials. Tutorials give the chance to question and analyse the law, as opposed to simply learning it. My tutors always do their best to stimulate debate and critical thinking in class and it is really nice to feel that everyone’s opinion is valued and that there are no stupid questions.

Do you have the opportunity to study modules outside of your core subject area, and how do you think they are adding to your experience / will affect your future plans?

I took the opportunity to study economics and business-related subjects during my year abroad and this really helped me to realise the career I wanted to pursue.

What networking, employment and work experience opportunities have you undertaken and how have they enhanced your undergraduate experience?

I have been involved in numerous employers’ and networking events – so many it would be impossible to list them here – and they have been extremely valuable to me. In particular, I found that they enabled me to improve my performance in online application forms, which are often used by employers today. There is really no better way to find out whether a specific career-path would suit you than speaking to professionals directly.

Do you have any idea of what you would like to do in the future? Have the opportunities you have taken up while at the University helped you have a clearer idea of what you might like to do?

Yes, I have accepted a training contract with an international law firm to become a commercial/corporate solicitor. This career will enable me to reconcile my interest in law and finance into a single path.

I am confident to say that the teaching standards and the extra-curricular opportunities offered by the University have played a central role in reaching my professional objectives.

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