UCL Faculty of Laws


Tessa Schembri

What encouraged you to pursue a degree in International Commercial Law?  

I decided to study the International Commercial Law specialism as I wanted to pursue a career as a solicitor within a commercial law firm in London. I felt that this specialism was best suited towards my career ambitions and was broad enough to allow me to explore modules which presented distinct perspectives (such as environmental law) but were nevertheless commercially-oriented.

Why did you choose to study at UCL Laws? 

I wanted to study at UCL Laws because of its prestigious international reputation and the sheer diversity of its student intake. In particular, the commercial law modules I studied were taught by internationally renowned convenors who provided academic and practical perspectives of the topics. When applying, I also took into consideration the fact that Bentham House had been recently renovated in 2018; and the opening of the new UCL Student Centre in 2019.

What is your fondest memory of your time here?

My best memory of UCL Laws would have to be my lectures. I cannot fault a single lecture or tutorial for any of the modules I took. The convenors and guest lecturers were always engaging and passionate about the subjects they taught. I was always impressed by the amount of commercial awareness which each convenor infused within their academic teaching, and I found this to be indispensable towards the successful completion of the course and applying for jobs after  graduating.

How has studying at UCL Laws helped your career? 

During my time as a UCL Laws student, I applied for training contracts with commercial law firms in London. I made use of the resources available on the UCL Careers website and set up multiple appointments with the careers counsellor who was meticulous in guiding me through each stage of the application process. I have since obtained two training contract offers from commercial law firms and have accepted a contract with one of the world's largest law firms, Baker McKenzie, where I'll be working in their London office. 

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

My best advice to prospective or current UCL Laws students would be to make the most of all the resources offered at UCL. The resources are in great abundance and the university provides all you will need as a student in terms of your academic and career prospects.