In this series of videos we asked some of our Oxford Women in Law members to share with us their own unique stories.
Lisa Lernborg studied BA in Jurisprudence with Law in Europe at St Hilda's College and now works for the LEGO Group as Senior Corporate Counsel, Legal Compliance. She talks about how her family used to debate legal issues at home and how this led to a fascination for constructing legal arguments and debating them.
Claire Pointing studied the BCL at St Edward Hall in 1997. She has 25 years experience as a City lawyer, strategy consultant and senior public sector official. Her career path has been very varied and she suggests that we are entering a time of career fluidity and that people should look beyond just being a lawyer and think about other skills that they can pick up during their careers. She speaks eloquently about the issues facing women and other minorities within the legal profession and how this might, or might not, change in the future.
Fatema Orjela, partner at Sidley Austin, tell the story of her parents' quick marriage and their move to England. Her family came from Tanzania and she was brought up by her mother while her father went back to his home country to support his family there. She was inspired by her passion for debating to choose Law as her career path and chose Oxford because it seemed like the place where you could really immerse yourself in learning but also pursue extra-curricular activities. She studied BA in Jurisprudence at Brasenose College, matriculating in 2002.
Other interviewees include Marina Hou, a current Oxford Law Student; Kate Surala, an alumna of the MSc in Law and Finance; Alexandra Marks, Deputy High Court Judge; and Judith Freedman, Oxford Professor of Taxation Law and Policy.
The Law Faculty is grateful to Kate Surala and Theo Aldenucci at The Analyst Research LLP for producing these videos.