Trainee Solicitor | PwC
- State School Educated
- First Generation Lawyer
- Non-Russell Group University
I attended a state school in one of the poorest areas in Canada. After graduating high school I went to university in Canada to study Criminology. After one year I decided it wasn’t for me and began to consider alternative options. I then saw a newspaper advertisement from my future University targeted at Canadian students who wanted to study law in the UK. After attending a presentation by the University I applied to study Law and 3 months later I was in the UK.
At University I initially struggled with adapting to my new environment but by second year I had found my feet. I graduated with a first class LLB despite receiving a 2.2 in a couple of core modules (Land Law and EU Law) during my second year. During my time at University I had completed a two-month internship in-house at a large City real estate services company and one month with an international law firm in Brussels. I attended the PwC vacation scheme the summer following my final year and after accepting an offer immediately commenced my LPC. I am now in my final seat of my training contract.
Having travelled a long distance to attend University in a foreign culture I have experienced some of the difficulties that foreign students can face when trying to enter the legal sector. I am also aware of the difference in opportunity that students from non-Russell Group Universities have to interact and build relationships with City law firms when compared to their Russell Group peers. Because of the opportunities my education has given me, I am passionate about the role of education in expanding the range of opportunities open to students and in improving lives.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you think I could be helpful as you plan your own career.