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Rebecca D

Law School Attended

Trainee solicitor | Allen & Overy

Profile Highlights:

  • State school educated
  • Non law degree
  • Ethnic minority
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I am a Trainee Solicitor at Allen & Overy and started my training contract in March 2022. I am also state-school educated, from a non-traditional academic background (biochemistry degree) and the first person to become a lawyer in my family. Due to my background, I faced many challenges securing a training contract. Initially I had no contacts in the industry, did not know how to access opportunities and lacked the support I needed with preparing a successful application and performing well at interviews. I attribute my success to the amazing support and mentorship I received from Aspiring Solicitors throughout the application process. Through the AS programme, I met future trainees who gave valuable advice about applications and interviews, both during the events I attended and follow on questions afterwards. Once I secured my vacation scheme with Allen & Overy, I received further support with converting a vacation scheme to a training contract offer. Having personally experienced the struggles of achieving a successful application, I want to do all I can to ensure future aspiring lawyers do not go through the same challenges I faced.

I am also passionate about increasing access to opportunities for ethnic minority students. As a black woman in the legal sector, I am passionate about increasing the representation of under-represented groups in the industry. Through my role as a professional ambassador, I hope to motivate aspiring lawyers from poorly represented backgrounds to achieve their goals. If you are an aspiring lawyer with a similar background and want advice on overcoming challenges on securing a training contract or just seeking general advice on writing applications, interviews and performing your best on vacation schemes feel free to reach out!

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