Law LLB (2008-2011)
Maritime Law LLM, University of Southampton
Since graduating from the University of Winchester I have completed two Law internship programmes, one in the UK and another in New Zealand.
My first internship was for a UK travel company based in Worthing, West Sussex. I strengthened the policies, procedures and contracts of the company which operated in numerous countries around the world.
During my time in New Zealand, I acted in the role of Law Clerk for a practice. I wrote articles for the company website on various current affairs including a marine related fatality, an incident resulting in pollution from fishing vessels and the controversy surrounding foreign charter vessels. I also assisted with the compilation of information for affidavits and attended the local Crown Court on several occasions.
In my spare time, I also assist with the family yacht registration business, including attending a conference in the Ukraine last year in the capacity of technical advisor.
My course at Winchester has taught me valuable research techniques which should stand me in good stead for my Maritime Law Course. Before applying to Southampton I arranged a meeting with one of the senior Maritime Law lecturers to discuss the post-graduation employment prospects of the course. In addition to this, I also sought advice from my lecturers at Winchester and from the careers service.
The best advice that I could offer to other Law students is to contact prospective employers up to a year in advance of the end of your course. In addition to this, it is well worth investigating additional courses to increase employability.
I would also recommend a visit to the careers centre as the advisors there will be able to provide you with useful tips and information on how to improve your CV and employability. In addition to this, I highly recommend speaking to your lecturers and seeking their advice, as this can be very valuable.