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Ariel White-Tsimikalis

Corporate lawyer Ariel White-Tsimikalis talks about her favourite subject, meeting some of her closest friends and why you should make the most of the city and see as much as you can.

Name Ariel White-Tsimikalis
Degree Course LLB Law & Politics
Year of Graduation 2004

Your time at the University

Ariel White-Tsimikalis

I chose the University of Edinburgh first and foremost due to the excellent reputation of the law school and also because of its location in a beautiful city.

I had the time of my life at university. International Law was my favourite subject and my lecturers, Professor Alan Boyle, Professor Bill Gilmore and Dr Stephen Neff really stand out.

Apart from the academic side, which I very much enjoyed, Edinburgh is a vibrant city which is big enough to provide a different bar or restaurant to be explored each day but small enough to still feel like a real community. It is fun to walk around a city and always bump into someone you know. I lived in Baird House at Pollock Halls where I met some incredible people who remain close friends of mine today - including my maid of honour at my wedding!

My most memorable moment was organising the Harvard WorldMUN conference together with the EdMUN (Edinburgh University Model United Nations) society which was hosted at the University in 2005.

I lived in Baird House at Pollock Halls where I met some incredible people who remain close friends of mine today - including my maid of honour at my wedding!

Ariel White-Tsimikalis

Tell us about your Experiences since leaving the University

After finishing law school at Edinburgh, I converted to English law and trained with a law firm in London. I qualified as a solicitor over 3 years ago and currently practice as a corporate lawyer with a US firm.

My LLB from Edinburgh equipped me with the requisite legal studies required to be considered for a training contract and exempted me from half the subjects on my English law conversion course!

Alumni wisdom

Take a road trip with friends and explore the rest of Scotland. It is such a beautiful country! I wish I had taken the time to do more sightseeing across the four years. I did not even make it to Arthur’s Seat until my fourth year. You think four years is enough time to do everything, but trust me, the time really flies!

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