UCL Faculty of Laws


Ila Tyagi - LLM International Commercial Law 2017

Why did you choose to study at UCL Laws? 

UCL's global ranking and reputation, diverse and international student community, extra-curricular activities, world-class academic faculty, and its prime location in the heart of London is what attracted me to study at UCL.

What is your fondest memory of your time here? 

I have several great memories from UCL, it’s hard to mention just one. But the best memories involve the active social and cultural life at UCL, meeting amazing people from all over the world, meeting up in UCL's quaint cafes, and participating in extra-curricular programs like the Grassroots Human Rights Project.

What did you learn from volunteering on the Grassroots Human Rights Project? 

There was a UCL undergraduate student who volunteered with me in the Grassroots Human Rights Project, and there was so much I learnt from her — initiative, interactive teaching methods, and self-assuredness. It was an excellent experience and the fact that UCL is situated in London added to it.

What have you gone on to do since graduating? 

Upon completing my degree, I moved back to my home country - India. Here, I worked for over two years at a reputed boutique law firm, at the intersection of Law and Technology. After that, I worked briefly in the marketing and growth team of a start-up in the wellness sector.

However, eventually I realised that my calling was working at the intersection of law, tech and policy. Therefore, I am currently working in the technology policy and corporate affairs team of a global venture capital firm which has invested in several unicorn start-ups across the globe.

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

If you’re a new student, visiting the UCL and UCL Laws Careers Support services is one of the first things I would recommend you do after enrolling at UCL. Getting the right advice from the right person will make you more employable and successful in landing excellent internships. For international students, don't fall for the myth of "It is hard to get a job in UK". Anything is possible with hard work, strategy, and the right advice from the right people, including alumni and the UCL Careers services.