Anna Diakou

What were you doing before the MCL?

Prior to joining the MCL I obtained my law degree (LLB) in the UK. My interest in corporate law and transactional work was prompted by my various internships in Greece, China, and the UK.

What were your impressions of the MCL?

The three main factors that differentiated the MCL from other graduate law programs were: (i) the practicality of the course, (ii) the small class size, and (iii) the networking opportunities offered. The practicality of the course was fostered by the fact that most of our professors were or still are practitioners. They were thus able to provide us with real insights and this complemented the academic nature of the course. The small class size (comprising only 18 students) was critical to the practicality of the course. We were able to engage actively in discussions, which fostered the exchange of ideas while highlighting important jurisdictional differences. This also enabled me to network and build strong friendships with my classmates. I feel that the practicality of the course has equipped me with unique insights and legal thinking, which I could not have attained from other graduate law courses.

What are your post-MCL plans and have they changed due to taking the MCL?

I will be joining Slaughter and May as a trainee solicitor. The MCL has enhanced my existing interest in transactional work and merger control cases. I aim to put the skills and knowledge acquired in my MCL to optimal use in my training contract.