Clarissa Rodio | Guernica 37
Clarissa is currently in the process of terminating the LLM that she has undertaken concurrently with the Bar Professional Training Course at City University of London and will be called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2021.
In the meantime, she is also working pro bono as an Adviser for a Legal Advice Centre, helping people who are less privileged and in need of assistance. During the BPTC, she had the opportunity to specialise in Financial Crime and Company Law, and to obtain a deeper insight into these fields in practice. Throughout the BPTC, Clarissa worked pro bono as a caseworker for APPEAL, a charity law practice that fights miscarriages of justice and her role entailed analysing criminal cases, performing legal research, discussing on grounds for an appeal against conviction, analysing the gaps in the evidence and various inconsistencies that rendered each case unsafe. Furthermore, she was appointed as City Law School BPTC Student Representative, responsible for addressing concerns on behalf of the student body to the members of Staff and discussing viable solutions in relation to the issues in question.
Before commencing the BPTC, she has completed the GDL and received a Scholarship from City University of London. Prior to this, Clarissa has undertaken an LLM in Criminal Justice at Queen Mary University of London with a particular focus on International Law, specialising in a range of subjects from Terrorism and Counter-terrorism, International Criminal Law and Human Rights to EU Law and Migration; she also received the Queen Mary University of London LLM Scholarship on the basis of academic merit.
Clarissa graduated with a BSc (Hons) Criminology from London Metropolitan University, and she earned the distinction of being chosen as a Professor’s Assistant and Student Mentor by the Principal Lecturer of the Criminology Department. She worked in this role for the duration of her final two years as a Criminology student. Throughout that time, she also worked pro bono as a Criminology Student Panellist for the Oxford University Press, which involved reviewing pre-publication chapters of Criminology academic textbooks as well as offering opinions about new publishing ideas.
Clarissa is fluent in English and Italian, including a working knowledge of French.
BSc (Hons) Criminology, London Metropolitan University (First Class Honours)
LLM Criminal Justice, Queen Mary University of London (Merit)
BPTC, City Law School (Very Competent)
The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn