Uchechi Eseonu

I graduated from St. George’s Hospital Medical School, London in July 2017 after gaining a First Class Honours degree in Biomedical Science. In October 2017 I will start my GDL at BPP Law School Waterloo before starting my LPC and eventually my training contract at Clifford Chance in February 2019.

When making my vacation scheme and training contract applications throughout University, I was in the fortunate position of having family members within in the legal profession who could provide me with helpful advice throughout the process. Additionally, coming from a non-law background led me to be naïve to the fact that as a black female, my demographic is underrepresented within the legal profession.

Despite the fact that female representation at more junior levels of the legal profession continues to improve, with 47% of the legal profession now being female, the SRA reported that only 18% of all lawyers in the UK are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnicities (BAME). Of this 18%, only 3% of these lawyers are black.

I think there are a range of reasons for this underrepresentation, many of which Aspiring Solicitors helps manage through the events held at a variety of law firms, to give individuals from a wide range of backgrounds with the confidence to make an application for a firm that they may assume is beyond their reach.

I am in the fortunate position of holding a training contract offer from my first choice of firm, and I feel extremely passionate about assisting others in their journey towards gaining a training contract. I am really looking forward to being a member of the Aspiring Solicitors Junior Advisory Board, and I hope that as a board member I will be able to inspire and help others to achieve their aspirations.