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There's more to Law

Alternative careers using your law degree

There's More to Law features alumni who studied law but chose to pursue careers outside the legal sector. It will demonstrate how the skills from a law degree can be transferred in to other sectors.

Event details

If you are a law student who is unsure about becoming a solicitor or barrister, then this is the perfect talk for you!

Our panel event will feature alumni who all studied Law at Exeter but who now work in non-law careers. They will talk about why they decided a career practicing law wasn't for them and how the skills they learnt have still helped them in their current careers.

2pm - Introduction of panellists

2.15pm Question & Answer session  - your opportunity to ask the questions

3-4pm Opportunity to chat to the panellists informally over a glass of bubbles, tea and cake

Panellists include:

Rhiannon Evans

I studied Law (LLB) at Exeter 2005-2008. I then went on to complete the BVC at City University 2008-2009 and was called to the Bar at Middle Temple, followed by a masters (LLM) in Expert evidence 2009-2010 (also City University). Towards the end of this period I completed a period of work experience at the Parole Board. In 2010 I joined the Met Police on a graduate Scheme within their Technology Department. The graduate scheme (2 years) saw me take on a variety of roles within the department - the closest to Law being within the Contract Management department. The majority of my time, however, has been spent in project management and business analysis (continuing after conclusion of the grad scheme). In November 2014 I left the MPS and I am now working at TfL as a Senior Business Analyst within the Integration team.

I also currently hold the role of Special Constable with the MPS on the borough of Lambeth (keeping a foot in the criminal law door!).

Abigail Philpotts

Abby Philpotts graduated with a law degree from the University of Exeter in 2011. She then spent 18 months working abroad in Australia and the Middle East. When she returned to the UK she began working as a paralegal at Bond Dickinson for 18 months. During this time, she was recommended to apply for the Babcock graduate scheme. Last September she started as a Commercial Graduate at Cavendish Nuclear, a wholly owned subsidiary of Babcock, and is now coming up to the end of her first placement within the New Build and International side of the business. The Commercial Graduate Scheme lasts two years and consists of 4 six month placements in a variety of locations. It offers experience in a number of different areas including procurement, supply chain, legal and business development.

Katia Petros

I work for Aplomb Translations which was founded in 1989 and provides translations and interpreting services to the legal, financial and commercial sector, both in the UK and internationally. The majority of Aplomb’s clients are law firms, based in London. The languages with which Aplomb deals varies considerably, depending on the type of work our clients are undertaking.

My role is to manage the projects we undertake. To this day, I am amazed at how much my law degree has helped me, to provide legal translations in-house, to identify with clients and be able to accurately proofread legal translations, and to be able to run a business, ensuring legal requirements are met. During the presentation, I will be expanding on the possibilities working for a translations agency, and working as a freelance legal translator have to offer law students, especially those with a language background.


Martix Lecture theatre