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Emily Walker

Our Lady's College
Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

Years at Empire: 2009

I was challenged… to think on the spot in a completely new way and to argue effectively... [the Empire] was worth every minute of the hard work necessary.

Where are you now?

 I’m currently finishing my final year of undergraduate Law at Queen’s University Belfast. In late 2014, I will be taking a place at NUI Galway to complete an LLM in International Criminal Law.

How, if at all, did the Empire help you get there?

The Empire Invitational undoubtedly piqued my interest in Law as a professional avenue. In striving to meet the standard of skill expected at the competition, previously underdeveloped talents were nurtured, and the personal reward of seeing their fruition during trials was immense. It was this gratification along with the thrill of the court room experience that made a career in Law, simply, a necessity. The experience of the Empire itself was invaluable in assisting the realisation of such goals.

What’s your favorite Empire moment?

During a relatively early trial I was challenged by opposing counsel to legally justify the legitimacy of the prosecution’s case, lest the trial be lost. Not yet fully aware of the jurisdictional rules and etiquette, this novel test was a daunting event that required me to think on the spot in a completely new way and to argue effectively while such thoughts were still internally developing.  The thrill of responding to such a high level of challenge, of growing in the midst of the trial, was by far the most memorable experience of the Empire, and one of many.

How would you describe the Empire to someone who has never been?

The Empire should not be viewed solely as a competition, as it was the friendliness of the organisers and the camaraderie of the participants that made the event so unique. It was certainly one of the most fun periods of my secondary school experience, and the friends that I made stayed in contact for years after the fact. The competition brought me stress, tears, exhilaration and ecstasy; and it was worth every minute of the hard work necessary.


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