Associate | Travers Smith
- State School Educated
- First Generation Lawyer
- Non Law Degree
I am an Associate in the Pensions department at Travers Smith, I qualified in September 2015. I had always been interested in becoming a lawyer, but chose to study History at Durham as I knew I could convert at a later date. After graduating I explored a few other options, including working in sports journalism for a couple of years and obtaining an MA in Twentieth Century History, before deciding that I did want to be a lawyer after all. After securing my training contract, I studied the GDL at the College of Law in York before moving to London for the LPC at BPP in Holborn.
I went to a state school and was the first person in my family to go to university but I have never really seen this as a disadvantage. My experience of this profession is that, whilst extremely competitive, it is open to anyone who is bright and prepared to work hard, regardless of their background. I do, however, recognise that it can be difficult to know what law firms are looking for and almost impossible to differentiate between firms whose graduate recruitment material all claims to offer exactly the same ‘excellent training and high quality work for prestigious clients in a supportive environment’ without any contacts in the profession to ask for advice. I have volunteered for this scheme because I recognise that I am in a very fortunate position and I would be happy to share my experiences or offer guidance to anyone who is interested. Please do get in touch if you think I can help.