Raeesa Ajmi

I graduated from City University London with a degree in Law and will commence my Training Contract with CMS Nabarro Olswang in 2019.

Prior to studying at university, I was of the opinion that attaining a law degree would mean that I automatically qualified as a lawyer. I look back at my naïve self and realise that many others, who may not necessarily have connections with the profession, or are one of the first to study at university in their family, may be in a similar position.

As a law student I found it challenging to engage with law firms through open days and the application process. Being from South London, I have quite a unique accent and often felt as though this, inter alia, would be my downfall within City law firms.

The support both Chris and Gemma have given me over the last few years, from instilling me with confidence to network with law firms, and tailoring my applications, has inspired me to join the Junior Advisory Board. I am hoping to assist new students looking to break into the legal sector. As well as studying at a non-Russell group university, I am from a BME background and am also a female. Ten years ago, these three key pieces of information would have been a hindrance in applying for a career in law. The legal sector is changing in a positive way and I have secured a Training Contract based on my ability and have not been held back because of my background.

The Aspiring Solicitors ethos, opportunities and support are truly unique and enable every student to gain a real understanding of life within the legal industry. I am proud to be on the Junior Advisory Board and look forward to working with the team.