University of Sussex Alumni Interview – Patrick Rusk

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

Burt Brill & Cardens is a firm with a proud history and a focus on Private Client work. Moreover, very few people are sure of what area of law they want to practice before trying them, but I knew that Burt Brill & Cardens covered the practice areas I was most interested in.

2. Why did you choose to study law at the University of Sussex? (or if not law, your chosen subject)

I wanted to study in a dynamic environment and in a city of which I was already very fond. I also believe that the University of Sussex provides excellent value for money compared with, for example, City institutions. The teaching staff are excellent and take an active interest in your learning achievements. Plus, you can’t do your dissertation reading on the beach in London!

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

I studied the MA Law, an intensive conversion course designed for non-law graduates to help them qualify either as solicitors or barristers. Studying for this type of qualification demands many of the same skills you will need as a lawyer: the ability to absorb large volumes of information in a short timeframe; commitment to tight deadlines; and keeping a good humour under otherwise stressful situations.

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

Lady Hale, former President of the Supreme Court. A superior legal mind, an understanding of the human condition which can be rare among judges, and an excellent taste in jewellery. I also take great interest in the work of human rights lawyer Adam Wagner, who hosts the ‘Better Human’ podcast – essential listening for law students.

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

Trust the process. Finding a job can be exhausting, and it is more likely than not that your first attempts will not succeed. That is the situation we all find ourselves in, and it is not down to some innate failing of yours. Learn from the experience, and do better next time. You’ll get there in the end.
Patrick is a trainee solicitor with experience in the firm’s Private Client department working on Wills, trusts and probate. Patrick currently assists Abigail in our Property department. With diverse experience within the firm, Patrick takes pride in contributing to the success of our clients’ endeavours.
Find out more about him 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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