Friday, 31 May 2024

This month we feature recent alumna Grace Light (Ch. 2021-23), a trailblazing first-year Law student at the University of Exeter.

When you were at Brighton College, what did you want to be when you ‘grew-up’?

I wanted to be a solicitor, but I was unsure about which area I wanted to practice in.

Tell us about yourself now you've graduated.

Now, I aspire to become a commercial solicitor and qualify into mergers and acquisitions.

What about your life now would most surprise your Brighton College teachers?

That I have somehow found a way to work even harder than before whilst still making time for my societies.

What are your favourite memories of your time at school?

Singing (more like screaming) the song Nothing New in the Chichester sixth form room before our mock exams.

What advice would you give to your school age self?

I would tell myself to not worry as much as you will end up where you are meant to be.

What takes up most of your time at the moment?

I read Law at the University of Exeter. Since joining, I have won an election to become the Gender Equality Officer for the Law Society next year. Recently, I was accepted as a Zero Gravity Mentor where I help state school students get into top universities to study law. I video call my mentee each week where we focus on different parts of the application process.

What does your current work involve?

In my first year, I secured various first year schemes for magic circle, silver circle and US commercial law firms. My first scheme was at Allen & Overy where I gained a deeper insight into the different practice areas of the firm and developed my understanding of their new merger to become A&O Shearman. Following this, I was selected to attend the Spring Open Day for Slaughter & May, where I developed a greater insight into the culture of the firm and the timeline of a recent matter they assisted on. Lastly, I was selected to attend the Baker McKenzie First Year Insight Scheme where I got to shadow a trainee solicitor and participate in workshops to prepare me for vacation scheme assessment centres.

What are the most challenging parts of your work?

Definitely the application process, as some of the applications were very long with multiple stages. Coupled with very low acceptance rates, the process can feel daunting.

What are you most proud of?

This year, I am most proud of having secured multiple first year schemes. When setting out to write my applications, I thought I would be lucky to even get one.

What are the three objects you would take with you to a desert island?

A hammock, a pre-programmed music player and insect repellant.

How would you like to be remembered?

As someone who is thoughtful and kind to everyone. If I manage to help at least someone in my life, I will be proud of myself.


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