Scarlett Richards

Country: United Kingdom
Subject of study: Law with Business
Year of graduation: 2022
Type/Level of study: Undergraduate

What did you enjoy most about your degree programme?

I enjoyed the variety of the degree. Not only did we study both law and business modules, but the lecturers were keen to teach the material in an interactive and practical way. For example, we did mock trials in the first year and negotiations in second year. This mix of learning styles meant that we could really get a feel for how the material we had covered would be used in practice.

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

I was a member of Flamank Law Society for all three years at university. In my final year I was on the committee as social secretary. During second year I was a committee member for The Verdict podcast which talked about legal issues with fascinating guests from all walks of life.

What was the highlight of your time at Exeter?

 The highlight of my time at Exeter must be meeting new people. The friends and colleagues you meet at university really determine how your experience will pan out. I was lucky to be surrounded by an amazing group of hard-working people and inspiring lecturers who really drove me to push hard for my degree. I would also encourage open conversations with the lecturers you meet. They are fascinating people with a real passion for their subjects and I have learned so much from them all.

What will you miss the most about University?

Similarly, to the last question I will miss the people the most. Not just in an academic sense but also a social sense. Meeting with friends in the university bar or spending time at Gylly beach are among some of my favourite memories of my time at university. The social aspect is just as important as the academic.

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?)

 The best advice I can give is short and sweet and that is to just really get stuck in and try everything you can. Whether that be societies, sports clubs or just meeting someone for a walk at the beach. The best way to improve your experience and get the most out of it is to make those connections and to try new things. We are very lucky at the Penryn campus to be so close to the beach so if you have never tried any water sports before this is your opportunity. Make the most of your surroundings and the people you meet and you cannot go wrong.

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I am starting a new job the day after I graduate. I will be working in Exeter with Ashfords LLP as a Plot Sales Paralegal within the Real Estate team. I am very excited about this opportunity. Moving forward I hope to complete the SQE to qualify as a Solicitor, this new job with Ashfords will help me to gain my two years professional work experience.


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Edward Dempsey

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