UCL Faculty of Laws


Beatrice Russo – LLM Energy Law 2018

What encouraged you to pursue a degree in Energy Law?  

I was first introduced to Energy Law while studying for my LLB, and it really interested me. I knew I wanted learn more about this singular and technical practice area, so I applied for the LLM specialism in Energy Law.

Why did you choose to study at UCL Laws? 

UCL was the only institution among the top world ranked universities for law to offer such a specialised and high quality programme. I was really attracted to the wide-ranging choice of modules - including International Energy Law, Law and Policy of Climate Change and International Arbitration. I noticed they were taught by world-wide renowned experts in these fields – specifically Professor Philippe Sands, Professor Maria Lee, Professor Steven Vaughan and Dr Danai Azaria.

What is your fondest memory of your time here?

My best memory of UCL is going to class every day and being intellectually challenged to engage in independent thinking. I studied alongside people from all over the world in a very collaborative and friendly environment. My favourite anecdote is one day, it was snowing very hard but our Law and Policy of Climate Change class had not been cancelled. Most of us managed to turn up regardless and Professor Steven Vaughan had prepared a magnificent carrot cake for all of us. Needless to say, we spent the first 20 minutes happily munching on cake before moving on to discuss fracking regulation in the UK!

What have you gone on to do since graduating? 

After graduating from UCL, I went on to work at a law firm in Santiago, Chile in the energy sector while waiting to start my training contract at Clyde & Co. After completing my LPC and PSC, I am due to start officially in September 2020.

What advice would you give to prospective or current students at UCL?

My best piece of advice to student at UCL Laws would be: learn, learn, learn and enjoy it as much as you can. It will provide you with an unforgettable life experience and priceless skills for your career – whether it’s academic or in practice.