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In the line of fire

Chloe Strowger's involvement in a simulated United Nations conference was an exhilarating ride through the world of international politics – and a remarkable forerunner to her legal career

28 September 2009

Determined to have the ultimate American college experience while studying in Chicago as part of my undergraduate degree, but refusing to don a ra-ra skirt and punch the air with pom-poms, I joined the Model United Nations (UN) club. Little did I know the extent to which Model UN would cement my aspiration to become a solicitor – and equip me with the skills to see me through my legal education and beyond.

Model UN is a simulation of the work undertaken by the real United Nations. Schools are assigned a country to represent and must then form delegations to participate in a number of committees. Those assigned the US are given a confirmed place on the Security Council simulation and a veto.

Conferences are held throughout the year by local colleges, and the season culminates in the National Model United Nations (‘NMUN’) conference in New York City. To familiarise ourselves with procedure we entered a few trial conferences; I cannot deny how bizarre it was to see s...

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