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Education

September 2015May 2019

LLB (Hons) Law with Training Placement Year

University of Surrey - School of Law

Modules: Contract Law, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Land Law, Law of Tort, Law of the European Convention on Human Rights, Law and Economics, European Union Law, Tax Law, Foundations of Company Law, Dissertation.

September 2017February 2018

Study Exchange

Universiteit Gent

During the exchange, I completed six postgraduate courses in International Business Transactions, European Media Law, EU Trade Policy, Advanced EU Internal Market Law, European Contract Law, as well as EU Labour and Employment Law.

I later represented the university at my home institution's Study Abroad Fair for second year students, at which I talked to them about my experience and answered questions.

September 2012May 2015

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

Emilia Sczaniecka IVth High School in Lodz, Poland

Polish Language and Literature (7), English (6), Mathematics Standard Level (5), Spanish ab initio (5), Geography (5), Biology (4), Theory of Knowledge (B), Creativity, Action and Service. Overall points: 34.

Languages

Polish: Native language

English: Fluent - Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English achieved in 2012

Spanish: Level A2 - completed a course organised by the Global Graduate Award in Languages at the University of Surrey (85% overall score)

Law Work Experience

February 2018June 2018

Intern - Mental Health Department

Burke Niazi Solicitors & Advocates

Full-time internship at Burke Niazi's Holloway office. I assisted solicitors at the firm with case work and preparation for representation at Mental Health Tribunals and Hospital Managers Hearings. My responsibilities included taking telephone inquiries, meetings with clients, communication with the hospital administrative staff as well as the treating teams, and office work. I would also occasionally work at the reception. Aside from the preparatory aspects of the internship, the position also enabled me to shadow an experienced Mental Health Panel Member at a Tribunal hearing. 

I also volunteered on several occasions to support the firm's Family Department by attending court hearings and taking notes for the instructed solicitors. The opportunity allowed me to shadow family law barristers, and to gain an insight on how the law is applied in practice.

27 September 2016

Surrey Law Centre Guildford Clinic

Receptionist

An opportunity to take part in one of the SLC's legal advice clinics. The main duties included assignment of clients to solicitors, supervision of clients ling booking in documents, ling and photocopying documents, and providing necessary background information about the clients to the solicitors to facilitate their case analysis.

59 September 2016

Surrey Law Centre Management Office

Office Assistant

Office work at the Surrey Law Centre which included answering calls, directing clients to my superiors specialising in requested areas of law, booking appointments for clients with solicitors, data processing and storage, as well as archiving documents. I was the first person SLC's clients would speak to upon decision to contact the office for a week and, due to the fact that most of the cases concerned family disputes and domestic abuse, the experience taught me how to remain professional when facing sensitive topics. Additionally, I was assigned with the task of building SLC's case database. It was an excellent opportunity to familiarise myself with their past caseload and to read solicitors' comments on cases that provided me with a valuable insight into their practice.

Other Work Experience

October 2018Current

Supervisor

Thai Leisure Group

Having completed my placement in London, I was invited by the manager of Thaikhun Guildford to return to work as a supervisor.

March 2018June 2018

Cinema Host

Odeon Holloway, London

A part-time position at Odeon Cinema Holloway that I undertook alongside my internship at Burke Niazi. My responsibilities involved taking care of customers, working at the retail station, and making sure that our guests enjoyed the experience to the fullest. 

May 2016August 2017

Junior Supervisor

Thai Leisure Group

I started working at the Thaikhun restaurant in Guildford as a waitress in order to support myself during my studies at the University. I was soon offered to progress to a Junior Supervisor role, and proceeded to work full-time. This work in customer services enhanced my interpersonal skills, confidence and time-management. My responsibilities included dealing with customer complaints, training new staff members, conducting briefings for some time daily, as well as an ongoing supervision of the team's performance. I was also in charge of gratuity distribution among the team. I assisted my managers in their responsibilities. On occasion, I would also cover the bar. The company is extensive and has 22 sites across the United Kingdom. I found it incredibly inspirational to be able to meet and exchange ideas and experiences during a training session for supervisors, ambassadors and assistant managers organised by TLG. This experience taught me that teamwork is the key to success.

Other Positions of Reponsibility and Activities

October 2018Current

Professional Training Coaching Scheme

University of Surrey

I provide guidance for three second year law students in finding placements, preparing for interviews, and answer general questions about my experience both in Belgium at the University in Gent and in London with Burke Niazi Ltd.

October 2016June 2017

Vice President for Activity

Polish Society at the University of Surrey

My part in the Committee involved organisation of events for the members of our society, participation in Students' Union's events as well as coming up with ideas for future meetings. We had no distinct duties within the Committee and all formalities were dealt with by everyone in the team. Our ultimate goal was to attract new students from Poland to the University of Surrey and to provide a welcoming environment for newcomers. As we passed our roles to younger members at the end of our term, we were proud to see how we have contributed to the establishment of the Polish Society.

21 September 2016

Data analysis applied in business strategies

International Netherlands Group at Summit 2.0 conference

This activity was a workshop conducted by the ING at Poland 2.0 Summit, a conference on redevelopment of Poland organised in London, during which we were asked to brainstorm business ideas and have been introduced to various applications of data accumulated by major corporations. 

OctoberDecember 2015

Interviewing and Negotiations Training

Law Society at the University of Surrey

These brief training sessions in my first year of studies at the University involved working in pairs on practice cases. These activities developed my problem solving skills, argumentative approach, strategic perception as well as sharing ideas in a team.

Lodz Model United Nations 2014

Emilia Sczaniecka IVth High School in Lodz, Poland

A nation-wide event with 250 guest students who participated and represented their countries of choice in debates within their Committees in order to find innovative solutions to global issues. Apart from providing assistance to the Secretary General in organization of the event, I held the position of the Chair of the World Health Organisation, and facilitated three days long debates which examined the effect of rapid industrialization and economic boom in China on its societal welfare.

Additional Skills

Computing: Competent user of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Legal Research: Westlaw Certificate in legal research.