What were you doing before the MCL?
Prior to the MCL, I completed a Bachelor of Civil Law degree in University College Dublin, finishing top of my class. I majored in Law and had a Politics minor. During this time, I was successful in obtaining an internship in Matheson, one of the leading Irish Law firms. I was then offered a training contract with Matheson, which I accepted. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I worked full time as a pre-trainee. While doing so, I achieved the full set of eight FE1 solicitor entrance exams and was awarded a medal for placing joint first in Ireland for Tort Law. Shortly before moving to Cambridge, I decided to study for and was successful in the CIPP/E data privacy qualification exam with the International Association of Privacy Professionals. It is through these experiences that my interest in Corporate Law began.
What were your impressions of the MCL?
The MCL was a fantastic experience that I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to participate in. Meeting students from all over the world and engaging in subjects that I would not have studied at undergraduate level was an excellent experience that I will never forget. As the class size is small, it makes the MCL experience very personal, which provided us as students with an opportunity to get to know our lecturers and classmates in-depth. The Deals Course was one of the course offerings that I think will particularly benefit my future career as it provided me with exposure to a multitude of corporate transactions that I hope to work on as part of my training contract. Another module that really stood out for me was International Merger Control. Developing my knowledge on mergers and acquisitions was a personal goal of mine that was certainly exceeded in the MCL through this class. Overall, my time on the MCL was wholly positive, from the support the faculty and library staff provided to us through to the knowledge that I have gained through the course. I am confident in saying that applying for the MCL was one of the best decisions I have made both personally and for my future career.
What are your post-MCL plans and have they changed due to taking the MCL?
Now that I have completed the MCL, I will commence my solicitor training in Blackhall Place in Ireland this coming September with Matheson. I hope to specialise in technology law once I finish my training. The MCL programme certainly prepares students to tackle a busy corporate career not only through the subject areas that one engages in but also through time management development and colleague interaction. I am very excited for what the future will bring for all of my classmates after the MCL.