Marc Stucki

Alumni profile - Marc Stucki, LL.M. in International Legal Studies

Why did you choose to study here?

There were three friends of mine who made their LL.M.s at Exeter University in previous years. They unanimously told me that everything was fantastic. After 5 years of practising as an attorney-at-law, I had enough money aside to consider a two year break with post graduate studies at an English University. Due to my excellent academic credentials I could choose between Exeter and two other Universities commonly and mutually referred to as "Oxbridge". A year before the start in the UK, I made a two month trip through the UK, also visiting the three universities. I was impressed by all three, but somewhat felt at home most in Exeter. It was that easy and simple. A clear cut stomach decision.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Everything, the academic staff, the truly international and cross-functional ambiente, the marvellous campus, the broad variety of things to do other than study, the societies and two beautiful years.

What have you been doing since leaving Exeter, and what are you doing now?

When I finished my studies, the new World Trade Law system came in place and a very famous professor, Prof. Dr. Thomas Cottier of the World Trade Institute of the University of Berne asked me, whether I could spontaneously step in to assist him in his various functions in helping and assisting to implement the WTO-rules on a world wide level. So I could immediately profit from my studies at Exeter University. Thereafter I went back to the leading law firm I had been working for prior to my stay at Exeter. One year later, KPMG headhunted me and I stayed for seven years there and soon became partner. In 2004 I founded my own company where I work since then.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The thing I like most about my work is that there is no typical day. My company works in project management, interim management and as legal expert. Besides my recurring work for some long-standing client companies, I work as an interim manager and project manager for international companies. They call, I run and try to get to speed as fast as possible. Being a private pilot myself, I gained some in-depth expertise in aviation and aviation law, so this is what I like most.

Do you have any advice for current students wishing to pursue your career?

Do what you really like, don't hurry, don't go - if you can afford it - too soon and too fast into the economy. If you want to pursue post-graduate studies, do it the sooner the better. And then jump into making money.

Do you have any tips or advice on being employable?

Have it with Richard Branson: "There is always a market for the best". He said this being asked why he always jumped into very competitive markets where nobody was waiting for a new competitor. So go with a good self-esteem to present yourselves to employers. If you really like what you do and what a job offer promises, you have better chances.