Law School Attended
Future trainee solicitor | Clyde & Co
- State school educated
- Non Russell Group university
After disappointing A-level results, I was diagnosed with Developmental Coordination Disorder (formerly known as Dyspraxia) in my first year of university. It was this moment where I questioned myself as to whether I could really pursue a career as a commercial solicitor. However, early on into the university process, I began to realise that the choices that I had made meant that I was naturally diverse.
I studied Environmental Science at Plymouth University, which meant that compared to many aspiring solicitors studying law or humanitarian subjects, I could bring something different to the table. It was in my second year that I really thought I needed to differentiate myself from other candidates. As a result, in preparation for my final year dissertation, I travelled to Kenya to work at a renewable energy company and at Nestlé’s Nairobi office . During these placements, I interacted with a number of diverse professionals which made for good talking points in interviews.
After university, I then went on to study the GDL and obtained a distinction, and a year later, received two vacation scheme offers. If someone had told me that I would have two vacation schemes at large city law firms, I would have laughed and questioned their sanity.
Nevertheless, if there is one thing that I have learnt in this entire process, it is that commercial law is a people-based business. Therefore, build the confidence to attend law and non-law networking events to meet as many people as you can, and of course, if you have any questions, I am more than happy to help.