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Elizabeth S

Law School Attended

Future trainee solicitor | Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Profile Highlights:

  • Ethnic minority
  • Disability
  • Non-Russell Group graduate
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I am a final year student, studying the Accelerated (2 year) LLB at the University of Hertfordshire. Upon completion of the accelerated LPC at BPP, I will commence my training contract with Freshfields in August 2018.

I had quite a rough journey to get to where I am. I was born hard of hearing but was only given hearing aids at the age of 18. So I went through most of my educational life just getting by.  Where I come from, it was normal for students to scrape through their GCSEs. Also, I didn’t do so well in my A-Levels because I struggled with my hearing and no one knew. I then went to BPP but had to leave part through my studies due to unforeseen circumstances. As you can see I had quite a ride in my early academic life (!).

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer and always felt that if I could not prove myself academically, there must be another way. I managed gain some work experience here and there and get into firms for day events through diversity organisations. I also took a year out to re-evaluate my aspirations and goals.

Still head strong on gaining a TC, I began the accelerated course in 2015 but due to my circumstances, I had to self-fund my first year of university (£9,000), which I did by working 5 days a week for a national advocacy service.

Fortunately, all my hard work paid off and I averaged a first in my first year.

Through networking, I met a lot of inspirational and motivating people along the way. I also met a lot of people who thought I should give up right away – I must admit – I wasn’t even sure myself.

But Chris White said something to me that always stuck in my head – “All you can do is try”.

Attempting to enter the legal profession can be both challenging and daunting. There are so many barriers anyone can face and instances in life where we fall down. But the best thing we can do is to use drive and determination to rise back up again and keep going.

The underpinning principle on diversity is to be yourself – if everyone was the same it would be boring!

Do get in touch, I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.

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