Aymeric de Moncuit
I arrived in Leeds in 2002 as an Erasmus student. I then studied at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and King’s College London. I passed the Paris bar exam in 2005 and took oath in 2007.
From 2007 to 2010 I worked as an antitrust attorney in Anglo-Saxon law firms. In late 2010 I was appointed case-handler at the French Competition Authority. I currently deal with cartels and abuse of dominance cases. I also lecture competition law for MBA students at University Paris II Panthéon-Assas.
I applied to the School of Law at the University of Leeds because of the solid reputation of the university and the attraction of the city.
My time at Leeds
I had a fantastic experience. For me, the most enjoyable elements were: the cosmopolitanism of the University – I was living with students from five different nationalities ranging from Canada to Czech Republic; the quality of the course – I remember in particular the public international law lectures with a fantastic Afghan lecturer; and the campus, in particular its abundance of cultural activities.
I really enjoyed the seminars and the interactivity with tutors, I also learnt a lot from group work in an international environment. I found that the scope of the modules we could choose from was very broad. For instance, I remember a module called 'Crime Prevention and Community Safety' which was really innovative in terms of content, it allowed us to approach different but linked subjects such as sociology and psychology.
The guidance given by the School of Law was impeccable. I found the staff very dedicated and professional.
In terms of Leeds life, the City of Leeds is prosperous in business, rich in cultural activities and frantic for its nightlife!
I probably had in Leeds the most rewarding experience of my student life.
My degree helped me to find placements in recognized international law firms after the bar exam and gave me confidence to adapt in international environments.
In terms of career advice, my top tips would be…favour intellectual interest at first when you look for your first position. Tackle new opportunities when they arise. Be enthusiastic and fair. Keep a strong and balanced personal life out of the office.