Olivia Draudins

What were you doing before the MCL?

Prior to undertaking the MCL, I practised as a solicitor for two-and-a-half years in the Melbourne office of Australian law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

Why did you take the MCL?

I was motivated to apply for the MCL while in private practice in order to improve my own education, professional development and to further my future career prospects. I also hope that I can inspire other women, particularly from Australia, to further their education at some of the world’s best Universities. My upbringing and previous education at Melbourne Girls Grammar School sparked a strong belief in me that women should have a strong education wherever possible, so as to enable each to live up to her full potential. I realised my appetite for learning and furthering my education during my undergraduate double Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Melbourne.

What were your impressions of the MCL?

I was delighted to be part of the inaugural Masters Degree in Corporate Law cohort that graduated from the University of Cambridge in June 2013. I was particularly drawn to the practical focus on the MCL, which resonated with my previous legal experience. The smaller class sizes also had great appeal for me, as this enabled students to get to know each other very well and facilitated healthy discussion and debate. I also felt privileged to be part of the first group of students to experience this exciting new initiative that the Cambridge Faculty of Law was introducing.

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

After graduation, I am returning to Corrs Chambers Westgarth. I will continue to focus on furthering my career in the legal sphere. I will also be looking for opportunities to mentor those who have similar aspirations.