Solicitor | Womble Bond Dickinson
- Career changer
- First generation to go to university
- State school educated
My journey to a legal career has been far from traditional- more of a squiggle than a straight line! Although I considered an LLB when I was 18, the whole world of law felt foreign to me. I knew nobody in the field, and had no idea what lawyers actually did on a daily basis. That’s part of the reason why I think we need organisations like Aspiring Solicitors, to demystify and widen access to this profession.
Instead of law, I completed a History BA. I loved it. I then trained as a primary teacher, and worked in education for several years. Teaching was brilliant, but that itch to explore legal work never really left me. I took the plunge in 2017. My GDL application was accepted, but the financial hurdles were huge: I spent lots of late nights doing sums, trying to work out if I could afford it. Thankfully, I was awarded a full fee scholarship from ULaw, without which I wouldn’t be where I am today.
During the GDL, I paralegalled for three days a week. This gave me practical experience to discuss during those dreaded training contract applications. I submitted my WBD application in January 2018, and was lucky enough to be offered a vacation scheme in June of that year, on the back of which I secured both LPC funding and a TC commencing September 2019. I’ve since qualified into my firm’s Employment team.
If there’s a moral to my (squiggly) story, it’s that anyone can become a solicitor – but it’s much harder without advice and information from those who’ve walked the path before you. I’d be glad to do what I can to fix that. Whether you’re after advice on applications, making a career change, GDL/LPC issues, or even just junior lawyer life more generally, I’d love to hear from you.