Ellen Forsyth

Country: United Kingdom
Year of graduation: 2023
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

I really enjoyed the diversity of modules in my final year and the freedom to pick all of my electives. Many of these modules aligned with my wider interests such as Gender, Sexuality and the Law and also allowed me to study areas I wished to practice in the future such as Medical and Family Law.

Some of the students were are profiling have in addition to their degree been awarded a departmental prize or award in recognition of their exceptional achievements. If this applies to you please can you tell us about the award you have received and what this award means to you?

I was awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Exceptional Performance in my final year of studies. Having balanced a lot of studying alongside other extracurriculars, I was really pleased that my efforts were recognised with this award.

Please tell us if you were a member of any societies, groups or sports clubs?

Women and Law , Exeter Law society, Cool Runnings and Body Soc.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

My highlight was being Co-President of Exeter’s Women and Law society. Through the society, we got to support so many students in accessing a legal career and it was great to receive so much positive feedback. However, one of my favourite memories was receiving the Opportunities for All award at Exeter Guild’s award ceremony alongside the other Co and Vice-President – it was a great end to the year! 

What will you miss the most about University?

I will really miss all the time I got to spend with my friends. I really enjoyed meeting people in my lectures and seminars but also outside of class too, like playing the Sunday intramural netball matches for Women and Law Society!

What advice would you give to current and future students? (If you are an international student what would you like to tell future students from back home who might be thinking about applying to study in Exeter?)

 I would recommend really giving everything a go when you join! Try out lots of societies in Freshers’ Week and see what you enjoy and who you meet but also spend time working out where you like to study and getting used to the new lecture and seminar teaching style. I would also really explore Exeter too – it’s a lovely place to live.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I have a Training Contract with a Top 100 law firm commencing in August 2024 where I will also complete the SQE. In the year leading up to this, I plan to undertake a paralegal role.