Law School Attended
Future Trainee Solicitor | Clyde & Co LLP
- Ethnic minority
- First generation to go to university
- State school educated
I am a future trainee solicitor at Clyde & Co. I studied law at a Non-Russell group university and completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School.
My path to securing a training contract was far from conventional. Coming from a low-income family, I worked part-time from the age of sixteen to support myself whilst studying. I was the first in my generation to attend university so preparing for a career in law was a daunting challenge and careers advice was scarce. Despite graduating from university without securing a training contract, I was determined to pursue a career as a lawyer, so I self-funded the LPC. After finishing law school, I worked as a paralegal in an attempt to further my chances of obtaining a training contract. Although I had taken a longer route and faced many setbacks at different stages in the process, with hard work and perseverance, my ambition finally came to fruition when I received a training contract offer from Clyde & Co in 2018.
As an ethnic minority of British Somali descent, I recognise the barriers faced by those from underrepresented communities to enter the legal profession. I hope in my role as a Professional Ambassador to Aspiring Solicitors I can share my experiences in my journey and inspire those who may otherwise be discouraged to pursue a career in corporate/commercial law. With competition for training contracts fiercer than ever before, it is important to distinguish yourself from other applicants and use your individuality to your advantage. I am incredibly passionate about increasing diversity in the legal profession and available to provide help and advice to aspiring lawyers.