Trainee Solicitor | Shoosmiths
- State school educated
- Non-Russell group university
I have been interested in a career in law since attending Newcastle Crown Court during the study of To Kill a Mockingbird for GCSE English! At 28, it has taken me a little bit longer than some achieve my goal, but I am now a trainee solicitor with Shoosmiths LLP.
I attended a state school in the North East of England. My education was okay, but I did not achieve my expected A-Levels and I ended up going to my second choice university, Sheffield Hallam. I studied Law and Criminology, graduating in 2012. Straight after my undergraduate degree I moved home and self-funded the LPC which I did full time at Northumbria University, working part time throughout.
During the LPC I became a carer for a close family member which took up a lot time and energy. This, coupled with the demands of the LPC and working part time, meant that I had very little time for training contract applications. On finishing the LPC I took the first job I could and I worked full time in the insurance industry for a few years, completing training contract applications and attending assessment centres in my own time. This was gruelling, and there were many times that I almost gave up on my dream.
In 2014 I attended an assessment centre with Shoosmiths and I knew instantly that they were the firm for me. I didn’t get the training contract first time, but I let them know how I felt about the firm, and as a result of my performance at the assessment centre I was offered a paralegal role in the property litigation department. I took a pay cut and a temporary contract (my friends and family thought I was crazy!) but a year later, I gained my training contract with Shoosmiths.
I know how difficult it can feel to break into the legal world, and I would be pleased to help anyone in trying to do so. Don’t ever give up!