An Interview with Ece Kilicarslan – The President of ELSA Essex!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

“My name is Ece Kilicarslan and I have been the President of ELSA Essex between 2019-20. I am 19 years old and I am a second year student studying LLB Law. I grew up in Turkey and moved to London when I was 17 years old. I am quite talented musically; I can play the piano and ukulele. My favourite Law related TV show is How to Get Away with Murder, even if it isn’t entirely accurate!”

How did you get involved in Essex ELSA?

“I’ll explain the history first. So, ELSA Essex began in 2011, but was shut down in 2018 as they did not have enough members to continue. This is when I came across it. I thought it sounded great, with it being a non-profit and student led organisation and I was sad to hear that it was no longer running. I then contacted ELSA to see whether I could set it up again and get support from the SU to get more students involved. That’s how I became the President!”

What do you enjoy about being the President of ELSA Essex?

“I love going to conferences as they allow you to build on your networking skills and confidence, as well as allowing you to travel to new exciting places. I also enjoy going to social events like any student, to have fun and make new friends.”

Tell us about a funny experience with ELSA Essex

“We were travelling to Leeds to go to the XXI National Committee Meeting and we had to catch a train at 7 am from Colchester to get into Leeds by 11 am. It was just our luck that some of the railways had been flooded. This meant that we had to change trains 6 times! It was nice to get to see different areas of the UK that I had never seen before, but it meant that we arrived late in Leeds”

What is your favourite thing about the School of Law?

“There are lots of opportunities for students to enhance their skills and gain experience, if students check their emails!” She laughed. “I chose to study at the University of Essex because of its Law Clinic, which is a great opportunity for students to gain practical experience. I am also hoping to be involved in the School’s Client Interviewing Competition and Mooting Competition next year. I think it’s great that the School is so supportive in helping students to build skills for their future careers.”

What do you hope to do once you graduate?

“I have been visiting open days for London Law Firms as I hope to work for an International Law Firm in London when I graduate. But, I still have a year left at Essex, so I may change my mind. I’m excited to see what the future has in store for me!”

How can Students get involved with ELSA Essex?

To become an ELSA Essex member this upcoming academic year, you must log in and buy your membership from this link for £5 for the academic year. You can email them: essex@uk.elsa.org or follow them on their social media: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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