Professional Ambassadors

Jabeen R

Law School Attended

Trainee Solicitor | Hogan Lovells

Profile Highlights:

  • State school educated
  • Ethnic minority
  • Religious beliefs
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I studied at a local state school and at the time I had very little knowledge about the legal industry and the world of work in general. Gradually, I started to build my knowledge with the help of mentors and supporters.

Bearing in mind the increasing unemployment rates after the UK financial crisis in 2008, I decided to take advantage of a new School Leaver entry scheme at UBS in 2012 instead of starting University.  This was my small window of opportunity into the financial sector and I fully immersed myself into learning about the industry, working practices and developing a variety of skills. This experience was invaluable in developing my understanding of the business world as well as my personal and professional growth.

I then studied Law at SOAS, University of London with the aspiration of becoming a Lawyer. Navigating the legal industry can be daunting in many respects. Aspiring Solicitors provided me with the vital network, tools and advice to understand and challenge the industry as well as preparing me for each stage of the recruitment process. After attending a number of first year open days, I went on to secure three vacation schemes at leading commercial law firms in London and ultimately accepted a training contract offer at Hogan Lovells.

When I aspired to be a Lawyer, there were not many people in commercial law that looked like me or shared the same experiences of being a female who is visibly Muslim and belongs to an ethnic minority. I would like to play a part in changing this and supporting the legal profession to become more diverse and inclusive.

I am very pleased to be an AS Professional Ambassador. Please do get in touch if I can provide you with any support.

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