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I started my training contract at Mayer Brown International LLP in September 2014 on the back of completing a vacation scheme in 2011.  I studied chemistry at the University of Oxford from 2007-2011.

I had always been interested in the legal profession, but thought that such a career required studying subjects such as English and History at A-level.  I had a very strong science background and therefore thought that a career in law was not an option.  However, after attending numerous career fairs and talks at university, it became clear that the legal profession was accessible to students of all backgrounds.

In my final year of university, I applied for open days at several law firms and completed a vacation scheme at Mayer Brown.  The vacation scheme provided a great opportunity to get an insight into the way that law firms work and the typical day-to-day work of a solicitor.  I was offered a training contract on the back of the vacation scheme and went on to complete the GDL and the LPC at the University of Law and Kaplan Law School respectively.  I worked as a recruitment assistant and then a legal researcher to help support myself throughout these years.

I know that the process of becoming a solicitor can seem daunting, especially coming from a non-law background, but it has definitely been worth it for me and I would be happy to share my experience and knowledge with aspiring solicitors from all backgrounds.

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