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Laura Saks

Laura Saks
LLM in ALS 2011-2012

Nationality: British
Prize Winner: Best ALS Graduating Student2012

Why Warwick?

The excellent reputation of the Warwick Law School and its distinctive aim to encourage awareness of the social context of law led me to apply for an LLM in Advanced Legal Studies at Warwick University. Having studied for my LLB at Warwick, I had first-hand experience of the excellent quality of teaching on offer - and I have definitely not been disappointed! The year was very challenging, expanding my legal knowledge, as well as my analytical and research skills. The Advanced Legal Studies programme gave me the flexibility to shape my LLM around my interests. I took a variety of modules from the various LLM programmes, as well as two modules from the Sociology Department.

Best Bits!

The best part of studying for an LLM at Warwick was meeting so many different people from all around the world – as well as making new friends, I learnt so much about different cultures and their legal systems. In terms of Warwick more generally, the careers service is great, giving students the opportunity to meet various employers and attend invaluable skills sessions. The careers advisors are also excellent, offering general careers advice as well as advice on CVs, job applications, and interviews.

Where are they now?

I have been working at the Financial Services Authority (FSA) on the Graduate Development Programme since completing my LLM in September 2012. From April 2013, the FSA will split into two organisations: the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). I will be working at the former, which is responsible for regulation of conduct in retail and wholesale financial markets and the infrastructure that supports those markets. The graduate programme involves three 12-month rotations around different parts of the organisation. I am currently working in the Enforcement and Financial Crime Division, which investigates suspected misconduct and compliance failures in the financial services sector. The Division deals with high profile cases, including PPI and LIBOR. I am really enjoying the job so far: the work is challenging; everyone is very friendly and approachable; and it involves working for the public interest on high profile cases.