Gemma Edey

Gemma Edey

LLB Law 2016

What did you enjoy about your degree programme?

I particularly enjoyed the challenge posed by a law degree. It is demanding and requires lots of reading; however I found it incredibly satisfying when this hard work paid off, and I started to become increasingly able to apply the law in a range of theoretical scenarios, mock trials and moots.

Tell us about the award you have received. What does this award mean to you?

I have been awarded the Malcolm Mead Prize for Employment Law: awarded to the undergraduate student who achieves the best performance in Employment Law. I am very grateful to receive this award and to have my hard work in this subject recognised, as I have always particularly enjoyed the employment law course and am interested in sitting in an employment seat in my future training contract.

What has been the highlight of your time at Exeter?

The highlight of my time at Exeter was joining the water polo club in my third year. Before coming to university I had never heard of water polo – let alone played it, so it was a brand new sport to me. Joining a new society allowed me to make some amazing friends and helped me get the work/life balance of third year right.

What will you miss the most about University?

I will miss the whole student living experience. University is (in reality) one of the only opportunities you get to live with some of your best friends and so moving on from that will be extremely difficult.

What advice would you give to current and future students?

Try to keep a healthy balance between work and play! Of course it is important to work hard and to achieve the best degree you possibly can. However, your university years are unique and you will never get them back. Make the most of every opportunity: join different societies, try new activities and step outside of your comfort zone while you have the chance!

What are your plans now that you have graduated?

I have received an offer of a training contract from K&L Gates, and am due to start training as a commercial lawyer in 2017.