Mrs Prentis, who has served as an MP since 2015, is the first ever Attorney General to have had a career in government as a lawyer. From 1997 to 2014 she worked for the Treasury Solicitors’ Department (now known as the Government Legal Department), providing advice on military, prisons and national security matters and representing the government in court.
She was welcomed to UCL by Dr Michael Spence, UCL President & Provost, and Professor Eloise Scotford, Dean of UCL Faculty of Laws. During a talk to LLB and LLM Laws students, she discussed different routes into law and how the work of government lawyers impacts all aspects of public life.
The Attorney General then answered questions from law students on subjects ranging from the use of statutory instruments to the European Convention on Human Rights.
The Attorney General said: "Today there are many routes into law for aspiring legal professionals. Whether that’s in private practice or the public sector, the opportunities to practice the law are immense.
"It was an honour to visit the UCL Faculty of Laws, where I was able to endorse a rewarding and exciting career as a government lawyer. If you want to work on some of the most complex and sensitive legal issues of the day, then there is no better place to work than in the government - something I can personally vouch having spent close to 20 wonderful years as a government lawyer."
Professor Scotford said: "We were privileged to host the Attorney General at UCL Laws today. Legal careers in government are at the centre of our commitment to, and conception of, the rule of law. Indeed, the legal profession is, at its core, a public service career. The Attorney General’s insights today have illuminated the invaluable work of the Government Legal
Students are also encouraged to take part in pro bono opportunities, allowing them to put their knowledge and skills to practical use in the community and see how the law can be used as an effective instrument for social change.
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