- Course: LLB Law with French Law
- Year of graduation: 2013
- Nationality: Nigerian/British
- Job title: Solicitor
Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I am the last of 4 children born to my parents and the second lawyer in my family after my father. I opted to study law because I was a keen debater in secondary school, and I had a knack for writing essays. French was also one of my favourite subjects, so I was attracted to Leeds University because it offered the two (Law and French) in one course.
How would you describe your experience at the University and what elements would you describe as the most enjoyable?
My time at Leeds was truly a rich learning experience. I had every resource at my disposal to excel not just in my studies but as a legal professional after the degree. I enjoyed the close-knit campus feel that the university has and the sense of community that created.
What did you think of your course? How has this helped in your chosen career?
Combining Law with French was one of the best decisions I ever made. Having the French language skill under my belt has opened countless doors for me and sat me at tables that others could not access. The course is truly unique and empowering.
How would you describe the help and guidance given by the staff within the School?
Excellent. I always had ample support and guidance from tutors, lecturers and other staff who were truly invested in my success.
Please tell us about your development since graduating from the university and how do you think your time at Leeds has helped with this?
I went on to become a commercial solicitor and barrister at Nigeria’s largest and topmost law firm, Olaniwun Ajayi LP. I’m now working as a visiting project attorney at King & Spalding LLP’s New York City office. My time at Leeds gave me a stepping-stone into first class opportunities. The unique qualification I gained at Leeds, coupled with the weight of the institution’s reputation has set me apart as a candidate for numerous opportunities.
Please tell us about your current role/research. What are your plans for the future?
I’m currently working in King & Spalding LLP’s Energy Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity practice group in New York City. I advise on the sale, acquisition and merger of power utilities for the most part. This has offered me excellent experience and deepened my capabilities as an energy lawyer. I intend to continue practicing in the broader field of infrastructural development and gain mastery in this.
What would be your top tips in terms of careers advice for current students?
Don’t be afraid to pause and go back to the drawing board! It’s okay to rethink your path during or after school and requalify to do something else entirely; and it’s never too late to do that. At the end of the day, you can’t put a price on your personal fulfilment.