Law with French Law

Author: Emma Benard

Applied in: Winter 2013

University Offers: King's College, Warwick, Exeter, Nottingham

"Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught." Honore de Balzac. I believe it is important to catch them all. It is important that everyone gets a fair hearing for whatever they may have done, whether they are guilty or innocent. It is the only way through which our society can prosper. I want to be part of that, a link in the chain which might make a difference between freedom and a life sentence. I pledge to respect my duties, and endeavour to be fair. I will try and defend all of my clients independently from my own convictions. I am applying for this course because, being French and living in England, it would be a great opportunity for me to have a career in both English and French and learn both legal systems, as I am intrigued to study the similarities and differences between these neighbouring countries in a new context.

This is why in June 2013 I did Work Experience in France and in England, with Maitre Francois Barre, a lawyer at the Barreau in Paris, and Mr Nicholas Taylor, a company lawyer in London, shadowing each of them in their working days. During Work Experience in Paris, I attended some court hearings at the Palais de Justice, and I found those very enlightening, as they added a sense of reality to my theoretical image of Law, and reinforced my interest in this field.

I believe I would be a good Law student as I have a very good memory, and I am precise, paying a lot of attention to detail. I enjoy reading very much; I read books of all sorts, ranging from Wuthering Heights to The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society or L'Assommoir. I am good at both writing and speaking in French and English, and my written and oral marks in these subjects are in general high. I am also very confident speaking in public, as I have done five years of drama at South London Theatre, and have been in quite a few plays, including A Midsummer Night's Dream where I was Egeus as well as a fairy. Furthermore I have played the piano for eight years, I learn Russian at school, and have studied Latin and Ancient Greek, and therefore I am not afraid of taking on large amounts of work. This is also proved by the fact that, in December 2010, I received major surgery at Evelina's Hospital in London to correct my scoliosis, and missed a month of school, but I didn't let it get in the way of my studies.

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