Kelsey Davis (Class of 2008) wins a scholarship to study in New York

Posted 29 Aug, 2019

Kelsey Davis (Class of 2008 and 2008 ambassador) has been awarded a scholarship for her Masters studies by the Banking and Financial Services Association of Australia and New Zealand (BFSLA)

Kelsey will be studying a Master of Laws (LLM) degree at Columbia Law School, which will take a year to complete. Kelsey was one of two recipients to be awarded the 2019 scholarship.

The BFSLA is an association which aims to share information and provide thought leadership on banking and financial services law issues. The scholarship provides a significant amount of funding to assist with the costs of study at Columbia.

Kelsey desires to become a leading advocate in the regulation and enforcement of financial services law. She developed this interest through her studies at Australian National University in 2010-2014, and also in her subsequent career as a lawyer, including working as an Associate to Justice Foster and Justice Lee at the Federal Court of Australia, and in particular, her work as an Enforcement Lawyer in Financial Services Enforcement at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). She has been working at ASIC for the past year, conducting high profile investigations and litigation against the big four banks and large financial services institution.

At Columbia, Kelsey will be taking classes in corporate governance, financal regulation, litigation and white-collar crime. She also hopes to be involved in a number of activities outside of classes, including the Law Revue (a comedy performance put on by law students), and Student Senate, as well as working as a Research Assistant to a Professor. Outside of the university, she will also be playing hockey for New York City Field Hockey Club. In the Spring, she would like to do an internship with the New York State Attorney General or United Nations. So we look forward to seeing what this adventure brings.




Kelsey says  “my goals for the year are to enjoy my studies and life in New York as much as possible, while making the most of the incredible opportunities provided by Columbia and the city”.

Kelsey arrived in New York on 7 August and has been setting up and attending Orientation classes since then. She has shared some pictures from her first few days in New York.

“As you can see, the campus is incredibly beautiful and I have been enjoying getting to know the other LLM students.”

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