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Jenna W

Trainee Solicitor | PwC

Profile Highlights:

  • State School Educated
  • First generation lawyer
  • Non-Russell Group University
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I attended my local state school and sixth form and then attended the University of Buckingham to study an LLB Law with French. I undertook an accelerated degree in two years to make university more affordable and reduce the amount of debt I would need to pay back once I had finished my degree. I worked for a short time as a Paralegal at a small firm in Milton Keynes, during which I applied for the PwC vacation scheme. I undertook the vacation scheme in summer 2016 and started my LPC in autumn of the same year. I started my training contract at PwC in September 2017.

I think it is important for legal advisors to reflect the society that they are tasked to represent. For large firms who operate internationally, having a workforce which is varied and multifaceted with a wealth of local knowledge, is crucial to properly advise cross-border businesses. For firms who undertake private client work, being able to relate to the average citizen is essential.

Whilst at university I submitted a number of vacation scheme and training contract applications which were unsuccessful. I therefore understand how demoralising it can be to receive rejection responses and how impenetrable the profession can feel. Obtaining a training contract is not unachievable but the application process can be demanding and Aspiring Solicitors need to ensure their applications are tailored and targeted at firms which they think are suited to them.

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