Future trainee solicitor | Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
- First generation lawyer
- Non-Law degree
I am a queer woman and a first-generation lawyer. I studied English at UCL before receiving a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford. I am currently completing the GDL at the University of Law, Moorgate as part of a training contract with Charles Russell Speechlys (CRS).
After some negative personal experiences and hearing some horror stories, I was nervous that you couldn’t be comfortably “out” in law. During my vacation scheme at CRS, I was relieved to find that there was no need to hide my sexuality or my partner when casually chatting to other vac schemers and trainees. I was also pleased to find out that there were other queer women working and applying to the firm.
Based on my experiences to date, I would say that LGBTQ+ people who are worried they are unsuited to a career in law have cause to hope (and should feel free to get in touch). Making the law more diverse requires change at all levels of the profession. One of the best things you can do is make yourself a competitive candidate and apply.
Please get in touch if you are looking for some advice/guidance/support regarding LGBTQ+ issues. Also, feel free to contact me if you are just finding it tough breaking into law – I definitely learnt some lessons the hard way, and took a slightly unconventional route!