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Our Graduates: Katie Grace Matthews, Law Plus

 Katie Grace Matthews
Katie Grace Matthews

Why did you choose this course?

When I was choosing my University, the biggest factor for me was career options after graduating. Law Plus in UL is one of few legal courses where a student can benefit from the study of an additional humanities module of their choice, but also have achieved the requisite credits to sit the New York bar exam. There are very few Universities which offer this level of opportunity - so UL was the obvious choice for me!

Describe your typical day

I am a legaltechnology analyst in Allen & Overy London, one of the mostsuccessful corporate law firmsin the world. One word to describe my nine-months with A&O London has to be‘diverse.’ As legal tech is so new, the work I do is extremely varied: one dayI could be working closely with A&O’s clients on legal tech solutions; thenext I could be training lawyers in one of A&O’s 44 offices worldwide. Ihave already travelled to A&O’s Brussels and Frankfurt offices, and am dueto work in their officesin Sydney, Singapore, and Hong Kong this summer. This job keeps you on yourtoes and is anything but boring!

In what way did your course prepare you for yourcareer?

UL’s Law Schoolhouses very sharp and innovative lecturers, many of whom are constantly on the lookout for the nextbig thing in the legal industry. It was this environment that inspired me to think outside of the box and trysomething new. One recentexample of UL’sinnovative offering is theadoption of Ireland’s first legal tech module. The module teaches students howto build legal tech products using Neota Logic - world leading ArtificialIntelligence automation platform and alumni of Fuse, A&O tech collaborationspace.

Any advice for school leavers?

To succeed in legal studies a large amount of work is required. But if you’re willing to put in the effort, the pay-off is worth it!