Starting a career in Law as a recent RGU graduate

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RGU alumna Natasha recently graduated with both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree in law and has just started a graduate scheme to kickstart her career. She answers our questions about why she chose to study law, her time at RGU and her current role.

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is Natasha and I am an RGU alumna. I grew up in Aberdeen and studied my LLB and LLM at RGU. While in my final semester of my LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law I started working at DeepOcean Subsea Services as a Commercial Graduate Specialist.

I finished my dissertation while working full time and graduated with distinction in December 2023.

What inspired you to study law?

Taking part in the mock trials that my school took part in at the Aberdeen Sheriff Court. Before then, I had thought about studying law but that was the deciding factor for me applying.

I was lucky to get an unconditional offer from RGU, which was my first choice university. Clearly, the court was not for me but if it hadn’t been for the mock trials then I’m not sure what I would’ve ended up studying!

Why did you decide to study a postgraduate degree?

I knew I wanted to go back to RGU to study for the LLM but graduating during COVID made me realise that I learned better in person, so I took a year out and worked full time as a lifeguard and returned in September 2022.

I knew I wanted to specialize in oil, gas and renewable energy law after taking the module in my LLB. Learning about the legal side, and in particular the contracts, sparked an interest in me that trumped the traditional lawyer route that I initially thought I would follow.  

I again, was lucky to receive an unconditional offer to study the LLM and from there embarked on my journey into the industry.

What was the highlight of your time at RGU?

It’s hard to pick a singular highlight, I have so many fond memories of my time in The Law School. I have made friends for life and have embarked on a career I love. If I had to pick, I’d say my graduations, in particular my recent graduation for my LLM.

When I first started, I felt totally overwhelmed as my peers had much more life and work experience. However, with a lot of hard work and supportive lecturers I managed to achieve a distinction and it is something I am really proud of!

I would also say a highlight is seeing how far I have come since I first stepped onto campus back in 2017, RGU helped me learn so much, and I can also safely say that my confidence grew massively in the five years spent at RGU.

Can you tell us more about your career so far?

I joined DeepOcean in September 2023 as a Graduate Commercial Specialist and I have absolutely loved every minute. DeepOcean specialize in diverless innovation and use ROVs to carry out a variety of work scopes. It is a very welcoming workplace and I have already learned so much in the five months I have been there.

I am currently working through the graduate scheme, and I am just finishing my time in Business Development before moving on to Tendering. The goal for the end of the scheme is to work as a Contracts Specialist within DeepOcean which will be utilising what I learnt during my LLM and my time here at DeepOcean as well.

Do you have any tips for any current or future law students?

My tips for law students are, firstly to never start an essay the day before its due! It won’t end well, trust me. And secondly, I’d say ask questions. I wish I had asked more questions during my LLB as at times I avoided asking them in case it came across as ‘silly’, but there really is no such thing as a stupid question only an opportunity to learn. Your lecturers are there to help you and won’t think less of you for asking for clarification if you need it.

I also recommend going to the Law Ball, it’s a fabulous night and a great way to celebrate the end of the year with your friends!

Finally, make use of all the services offered to you at RGU. We are so lucky to have such an amazing careers team that can help you find a part time job, help with your CV and offer advice for interviews. We are also lucky to have access to the gym for free, so make the most of that too!

Natasha Sim

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