Paralegal | Shoosmiths
- State school educated
- Low income family
- First generation to go to University
I am currently a Paralegal within the Real Estate department. I attended the University of Portsmouth, achieved a 2:1 in LLB Law and I went to a state school and was the first in my family to attend university.
As an aspiring solicitor myself, I understand the difficulties current law students/aspiring law students face in an area as fierce and competitive as law. The journey is not easy and can be tedious so I can certainly empathise with those who may feel as though they may never get there or are put off for one reason or another.
I come from a background whereby education was not a priority, nor was it of much interest to my family. Being exposed to that attitude towards education meant that I was never interested in school and did not appreciate the importance of good GCSE’s. At the point of almost failing my GCSE’s, I had to do something to turn it around despite being surrounded by negativity both at home and at school.
As part of my ambition to succeed, I went on to study A-level History, Law and I.T and qualified as a general adviser at the Citizens Advice Bureau.
I support aspiring solicitors because I truly believe no student should feel discouraged from a career in law simply because you believe you may not be good ‘not good enough’ or that compared to others, you do not stand a chance. As long as you have charisma, a desire and passion to succeed and learn there is no reason why you cannot enter into the law profession. Honesty really is the best policy and I would be thoroughly delighted to assist in ensuring your CV/preparation for an interview shows as much of you off as possible! Please do not hesitate to contact me and remember, no question is a stupid question.