Ekin Ersanli

What were you doing before the MCL?

After graduating from Koc University of Istanbul Law School in June 2013, I have been awarded the Jean Monnet Scholarship in the field of company law, which is a project funded by the European Union to increase the number of experts in the EU field and to support the negotiation process for Turkey’s membership. During my undergraduate studies in law, I have partaken in several internship programmes in Turkey, worked part-time and full-time in reputable corporate law firms in Istanbul and studied at Freie Universitaet Berlin for one semester as an ERASMUS exchange student.

What were your impressions of the MCL?

The MCL was a wonderful experience for me both in academic terms and in terms of broadening my practical skills. Since I had no extensive prior practical experience, it was challenging for me to relate the vast knowhow we have been provided with by the highly reputable professors. However, at the end of the programme, I realised how much I developed my viewpoint while approaching to any legal matter. I am very grateful to the University of Cambridge, to the Faculty of Law and to all my friends, since the best part of the MCL for me was exposure to all different cultures, legally and socially.

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

For the time being, I have completed the first half of my legal internship to become an attorney at law as a member of the Istanbul Bar Association at Gedik & Eraksoy Attorney Partnership. As of August 2015, I will become an attorney at law and hope to specialise in corporate law, an especially in competition law, corporate governance and intellectual property law. I aspire to become an internationally practicing corporate legal counsel and also to pursue a PhD in the long term.