A historical perspective has proved to be just the ticket for a future lawyer from Richmond. Former Kingston University student Susan Ruggles has graduated with a first class history degree, scooped an important award and secured a job at leading law firm Thomas Eggar.
Susan, 21, developed a fascination about past events and their impact on the modern-day world at primary school. She later completed work experience at a barristersâ€™ chambers which also gave her a taste for the legal profession. Torn between the two subjects, Susan decided to stick with her first interest, sure it would give her a sound base to move on to law. â€œSome of my family and friends were surprised when I opted for history because they didnâ€™t realise it would have a practical application,â€ she said. â€œBut studying history is a great way to develop skills crucial to any industry, especially in the legal profession.â€
The course had helped her to put arguments across convincingly and become a confident public speaker, Susan explained. â€œAt Kingston, I grappled with a range of subjects from the French revolution and the troubles in Ireland to international disputes. My studies proved to me that history is not just relevant but is actually vital to understanding todayâ€™s society,â€ she said.
Susan collected her degree certificate and the Andrew Yale Cup at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciencesâ€™ graduation ceremony last month. The cup, awarded to the student with the highest marks on the course, was donated by former Kingston history student Andrew Yale, who is now a high-profile international lawyer. Susan has now moved on to the next stage of her studies at the College of Law. She will then complete a yearâ€™s legal practice before heading off to join Thomas Eggar as a trainee solicitor in 2005.