Having attended state school for my whole education, and then gaining a place at the University of Exeter – where there is a particularly high proportion of privately-educated students – I learnt to have pride in my state-school background. I carry this same pride with me now as a trainee solicitor at Charles Russell Speechlys in London.

For my undergraduate degree, I studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics, graduating in 2018. After this, I took a year out to work (in a non-legal role) and then spend 4 months travelling South East Asia and Japan. In September 2019, I started a full-time GDL at the University of Law (Moorgate), during which the pandemic began. In the summer of 2020, I took part in a virtual assessment centre for Charles Russell Speechlys, and received my TC offer in July 2020. Since then, I have completed my LPC and worked as a paralegal, before starting my TC.

Starting out in the legal industry can feel very overwhelming with all of the jargon and the acronyms. It can be frustrating that most entry-level legal jobs require prior legal experience or a TC lined up already. This is especially trying for applicants who have needed to take retail and hospitality jobs as students to top up their incomes while studying, rather than completing free work experience.

I am very happy to answer questions about demystifying the industry, the application process, and what it is like to be a trainee solicitor. Good luck with all of your applications!

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