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Joe B

Law School Attended

Trainee Solicitor | Hogan Lovells

Profile Highlights:

  • State School Educated
  • First Generation to University
  • First Generation Lawyer
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I am a trainee solicitor at Hogan Lovells. I studied at a state grammar school and was a part of the first generation of my family to go to University (my older brother just beat me to being the first in the family). I am also a first generation lawyer. I studied Law and German at the University of Bristol, which included a year abroad studying German law, language and Italian at the University of W├╝rzburg.

One quiet evening during my first year at university, I decided to apply to be a campus ambassador for Hogan Lovells. I had no idea whether I wanted to be a lawyer or not when I started university; I chose law and German because I knew law was a degree that can open up a lot of career paths (and I wanted to do a year abroad!). I did my homework and was lucky enough to be chosen for the campus ambassador role. Through this I gained a much greater insight into commercial law, which led to getting a place on a vacation scheme which in turn led to me getting a training contract here. I would highly recommend applying for similar experiences as not only do they increase your chances of getting a training contract, but they can really help you understand if this is the career for you and which firm you would feel suited to.

I recently mentored a student as a part of the Aspiring Solicitors and Barclays Think Talent work experience scheme for members with Autism. I created a timetable for the student, including meetings and tasks in multiple departments at Hogan Lovells as well as creating tasks for the student to complete. I provided guidance and feedback on her work as well as answered any questions about life as a trainee. This was a highly rewarding experience for all involved and inspired me to become an Aspiring Solicitors ambassador, so that I could hopefully help other people find out more about this career path.

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