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Jessica Q

Law School Attended

Associate | Bird & Bird

Profile Highlights:

  • State school educated
  • Non-LLB graduate
  • First generation lawyer
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After attending my local grammar school, I studied Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Oxford University. I was unsure of my intended career path, so simply picked a degree I was interested in.

I graduated in 2014 and, still uncertain of what I wanted to do, worked at a London advertising agency for a year. This was a great experience and provided me with a foundation in many of the skills I use as a trainee now – research, communication and project management. I enjoyed my time there but knew it wasn’t for me long-term so began researching different options. Initially I ruled out law as I hadn’t studied it, but then came across the GDL and considered it more closely. Having no idea what the daily life of a solicitor might be like, I found talking to lawyers immensely useful, particularly in identifying shared interests and characteristics which might mean I would also enjoy the job. I found that lots of people I spoke to came from non-law backgrounds which was encouraging.

When applying for training contracts, I feared that my lack of legal experience would immediately mean I was unsuccessful. Whilst I would advise anyone interested in a career in law to seek relevant experience early on, I think any work experience helps bolster your application if you can draw parallels between what you have done and what you are applying for.

I completed the GDL and LPC at BPP in 2015-2017, before starting at Bird & Bird in September 2017 and I have loved my experience at the firm so far.

If you’re interested in a career in law, don’t let the fact that you haven’t studied law or don’t have any legal experience hold you back – a good work ethic and genuine interest is all you need.

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