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Zahra K

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Solicitor | DAC Beachcroft

Profile Highlights:

  • Ethnic minority
  • Non-Russell Group university
  • First generation lawyer
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I am a solicitor with DAC Beachcroft. I qualified in September 2019 having been a trainee with the firm.

I graduated from Leicester University with a degree in Medical Physiology BSc and subsequently went on to complete a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Coming from a non-law background I was keen to gain as much experience in different practice areas as possible in order to ultimately help me decide what kind of law firm would be the best fit for me. I found getting this exposure particularly challenging. As the first person to study law in my family I didn’t have any family members to advise me on the best steps to take in this regard and neither did I have any contacts in the legal profession who could offer advice based on their own experiences (which is one of the reasons I think platforms such as this are so important).

However, I persisted and by taking advantage of all opportunities available to me I managed to gain this experience and started to build up my own network of contacts. I worked in a number of Paralegal roles prior obtaining a training contract and whilst this has meant a longer route to qualification, the knowledge and skills I acquired whilst working as a Paralegal has really helped me to make the most out of my training so far.

I am aware of how difficult it can be to secure a training contract; it is a challenging and highly competitive process. I am eager to do what I can to help those who are currently applying and to promote diversity in the profession.

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