Trainee Solicitor | Farrer & Co
- First generation lawyer
- Non Russell Group university
- Career changer
I grew up in Dublin and studied Business & Law at UCD. Interested in a legal career, I followed my peers in applying for training contracts at Dublin’s large corporate firms in my final year. Without contacts in the profession I felt underprepared having never heard of “vac schemes” or “open days”. In hindsight, corporate law was not really of interest to me – I was far more intrigued by private client practice areas like family or employment law. After some very tough interviews, feeling disheartened and questioning whether the law was for me at all, I made the move to London and spent nearly five years working for a city management consultancy.
Working for a variety of clients in different sectors gave me a breadth of experience that has already been useful in the first six months of my training at Farrer & Co. Whilst consultancy was not my dream job, it pushed me out of my comfort zone and afforded me time to develop my skills and confidence and figure out exactly what I was interested in.
When it came to my training contract applications in 2018, I had a much clearer idea of the type of firm I wanted to work for, what I wanted to do and what type of clients I wanted to work with. This was of huge help in narrowing down a small selection of firms to apply to.
I understand how the legal profession can feel impenetrable at times and I hope that my experience shows that getting a training contract straight after university is not the only route. I would be happy to discuss taking a non-conventional route to a training contract and how to showcase transferable skills you might have picked up in other roles.