University of Sussex Alumni Interview – Rosie Smith

1. What attracted you to work at Burt Brill & Cardens?

I wanted to stay in Brighton once I had graduated from the University of Sussex, and focused my job search on firms which had a strong reputation, and were well established.

2. Why did you choose to study law at the University of Sussex?

I started my law course during Covid-19, so I was looking for somewhere to complete my Graduate Diploma in Law online, as attending in-person lectures and seminars would not be possible. The University of Law had a good setup to work online.

3. How did your university experience prepare you for your current role?

I developed a strong work ethic, as I did my university course during Covid-19, so the temptation to procrastinate as I was studying and learning at home was high.

4. Do you have any role models in the legal landscape?

I would class Sandra Bullock’s portrayal of Lucy Kelson in the film 2 Week’s Notice (2002) as a role model for me. It is a comedy film but I really enjoyed her portrayal of a headstrong, confident and intelligent lawyer, specialising in historic preservation and environmental law. This inspired me to study Wildlife Conservation at Nottingham Trent University before studying Law at the University of Sussex.

5. What advice do you have for recent graduates who are job searching?

Experience in a solicitor’s firm is really useful, even if you work part-time as a general office assistant as you can learn so much. I did this, and many of my colleagues did, and this allowed me to progress in the firm I am in now.
Rosie provides support to our Private Client Team. She covers a wide range of matters including Will writing, Trust organisation and probate services.
Find out more about her on our Meet the Team page.

Remember to stop by and visit the Burt Brill & Cardens table at the University of Sussex Law Fair.

Wednesday 8th November | 11am – 3pm


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