Susanna Breslin – Law and Business (LL.B. (B.S.) Trinity College

This month’s past pupil profile comes from Susanna Breslin. We wish to thank Susanna for taking the time to complete this interview and we wish her every success in the future as she completes her third-level education and follows her career path!!

1. What subjects did you study in Magh Éne College and how do these relate to your current university course?
I took Biology, History, French and Business for the Leaving Cert. I studied Law and Business in college so business was helpful and it was actually Ms Igoe who encouraged me to choose the course! I continued to study French in first year of college and I’m now brushing up on it before I start my solicitor training.I also think studying history is helpful in Law. That said, the subjects you take in 5th year needn’t determine your CAO choices, a lot of people start subjects from scratch in University.
2. What extra curricular activities did you get involved with while in Magh Ene College and how have these helped you so far?
I sat on the Student Council in Magh Éne, and later Donegal Youth Council and Dáil na nÓg. Whilst running for election is daunting, being part of those organisations taught me good teamwork, leadership and advocacy skills. I used these experiences in running college societies later. I also did Girls Active each Monday, debated, played basketball and was on a mentor The Big Sister Mentor Programme. I am lucky to have met such great friends at Magh Éne and we share happy memories of all these trips away and activities!
3. Tell us about the university course you are currently undertaking – subjects studied, work experience etc.?
I chose Law and Business in Trinity and really loved it. I studied core Law subjects like Criminal and Constitutional Law, and later chose more commercially-minded subjects like Company Law, Competition Law and Tax. This really complemented the business subjects – accounting, finance, marketing, organisational behaviour etc. I’d be delighted to talk to anyone who’s thinking of choosing the course or similar. Trinity doesn’t do placement, but I gained work experience through interning in a number of corporate law firms – Matheson, Maples & Calder, A&L Goodbody, Arthur Cox and Jones Day London.
4. What is your education/career plan for the future?
I’m currently working as a paralegal in a small practice in Dublin and it’s totally different to the corporate environment I am used to. I’m glad I get to experience the more personal nature of the law – namely wills, personal injury litigation and conveyancing. I’m moving to London next September to pursue a career in Ashurst, a large Corporate Law Firm. I’m so looking forward to it but I have a number of exams to sit in the mean time and I hope to gain more work experience abroad before I move.
5. What other advice would you give to current students in Magh Éne College?
There is a quote from Aristotle on the wall of the canteen at Magh Éne ‘ ‘The roots of education are bitter but the fruits are sweet’. You may not like school and even if you do, exams are still challenging. If you’re facing into the Leaving Cert this year or next – just really go for it and work hard, it’s only a few months and it’s definitely worth it when you get to college.