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Alumna Aimee Chalin (Master of Law, 2019) talks about defence law and her experience at Cambridge

I am currently practicing environmental defense law in New Orleans, Louisiana. I obtained my LLM (Master of Law) in 2019. I attended Cambridge University after practicing law for two years. Studying at Cambridge allowed me to take a step back from the day-to-day practice of law and to remember how much I love the academic study of it. I hope to return to legal academia soon.

The Lucy community was my favorite part of attending Cambridge, particularly the rowing team! The highlight of the year was when our W2 crew won blades in May Bumps - the first set of blades for Lucy as a stand-alone rowing club. The community is so diverse and supportive. I met friends from all over the world that I still talk to every week.  

My love of political science, how and why governments are constructed as they are, the distribution of power and the checks thereon, and how that affects our everyday life inspired me to pursue this career. Law allows you to actively effect change in so many areas from the political arena to human rights protection.

I have already had many highs and some lows. The best moment was when I passed the Louisiana bar exam because it was the culmination of a lot of hard work. Some of the hardest moments have been the many sleepless nights during trial prep.

My advice to younger students who want to pursue a similar career would be to take every opportunity to learn about different areas of the law and different legal careers. Practicing law can look like so many different things and your career does not have to follow a straight and clear path. Work hard, but don’t forget to have fun!