The March Aspiring Solicitors Of The Month are:
– Lily Akkuchukova, City University London;
– Prima Govind, BPP Law School; and
– Shanveer Hare, University of Law.
Not only do all three aspiring solicitors have excellent academic records, they are all committed to a career in law and also to increasing diversity. These three main characteristics combined make them ideal choices for Aspiring Solicitors Of The Month! Congratulations to all three of you!
CVs of each of these aspiring solicitors have been sent to all of the Founder Members and Affiliates of Aspiring Solicitors and others are able to request their information via firstname.lastname@example.org
Lily Akkuchukova is a GDL student at City University, and is on track to graduate with distinction. She has an undergraduate law degree from Bashkir State University from Russia (Distinction) and a Masters degree in International Business from Thompson River University in Canada (Distinction). Russian qualified lawyer, Lily has wide and varied experience in legal profession in areas including corporate law, litigation, real estate and private client. In partnership with US Russia Foundation, Lily has organised Summer School for Professional Development of Graduate Law Students with aim to promote diversity and equality in legal profession. As a result of her personal input she was awarded a diploma for significant contribution to legal education in Russia. After having worked in Russian Government as an international trade expert, she decided to broaden her expertise and qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales.
Lily is currently the Head of the five Committees that make up the City branch of Aspiring Solicitors. In this role, she works closely with the City Ambassador to help the each of the Committees plan and organize their events for law students. She plays an integral role in the City branch, and is a responsible and dedicated team player, with a positive attitude and genuine enthusiasm for assisting others.
Lily decided to become a part of the Aspiring Solicitors team when she found out that its core mission is to increase diversity in the legal profession. Having experienced discrimination in her previous work experiences, purely on the basis of gender, Lily believes it is essential to encourage diversity, and push boundaries in the legal profession. As Lily commented, “We [Aspiring Solicitors] are diverse and are effecting positive change in the profession.”
Lily’s interests in law are litigation, corporate law, and international arbitration. Her ideal firm is one that not only practices these areas, but also is committed to diversity and gender equality, with high pro-bono involvement. Lily strongly believes it is important to help those that cannot afford legal aid, and she exemplifies this through her commitment to her volunteer role at the Central London Law Centre; she volunteers twice a week in the legal aid department, assisting clients on their cases.
Lily is fluent in Russia, English and French, allowing her to communicate with international students and clients, assisting them with their legal needs.
If you are part of a graduate recruitment team for a City commercial law firm and would be keen to consider Lily’s CV, please click here.
Shanveer is an Aspiring Solicitors Ambassador at the University of Law, Moorgate. She has obtained an LLB (International) from the University of Leicester and is currently completing her LPC and LLM (International).
Alongside her consistent grades, Shanveer’s methodical and organised nature has enabled her to actively volunteer for various organisations over eight years. As a Trustee for FOCUS charity, she has to pay attention to detail when reviewing funding bids and applies her intellect to develop strategic solutions in line with the charity’s objectives. This year she also sits on two advisory boards and is part of several pro bono initiatives. The roles Shanveer has held show her adaptability in working independently, but also as part of a team.
Shanveer’s capacity to work well with a broad spectrum of clients has been enhanced by her time on the Vinspired youth advisory board. Her ability to build rapport with corporate partners led to assisting a partnership between the charity, Dixons Retail plc and Tinchy Stryder. She has put this skill to use in her role as the director of the university legal advice clinic, in which she successfully persuaded local law firms to supply solicitors weekly. After running the clinic for half a year, she further identified problems with the system and effectively communicated an innovative proposal to the Head of Law. Through negotiation, she was granted academic training for the clinic, funding and permission to implement a new project.
Shanveer’s dedication to commercial law is reflected by her awareness of the changing legal landscape and obtaining three legal internships in three different countries. She has been able to experience how commercial markets operate on a practical basis and gain a realistic understanding of the work of a trainee.
If you are part of a graduate recruitment team for a commercial law firm and would be keen to consider Alice’s CV, please click here.
Prema graduated from Boston University with a degree in Business Administration and Management, achieving a GPA of 3.88 (equivalent to a First) and receiving highest honours summa cum laude. Prema is currently studying the Graduate Degree in Law at BPP Law School. Upon completing the GDL, Prema aspires to do a Masters in Law with a focus in International Business Law and has received offers from King’s College and UCL.
Apart from Prema’s strong academic record, her extra-curricular activities reflect her leadership and dedication. One of Prema’s greatest strengths is her ability to work within a team. Having attended a business school that is known for its strong emphasis on teamwork, Prema was consistently involved in various group projects each semester. Furthermore, through her position as a captain of her high school volleyball team she was able to learn the importance of team synergy, which contributed to her success in subsequent team projects.
Prema is a strong believer of giving back to the community, which is reflected in her commitment to helping others. Prema was member of the Habitat for Humanity Organisation, where she organised and participated in trips to Ghanaian villages where student helped inhabitants build houses for the community. In college, Prema tutored students in economics and business classes, providing them with the necessary resources to succeed.
Prema’s international exposure makes her unique. Having lived on three continents with an exposure to the variety of cultures, she is an open-minded person who has a strong appreciation for diversity. The cultural understanding and sensitivity that Prema has developed contributes to her ability to communicate and work with a people from a wide range of backgrounds. Having gained work experience internationally, Prema not only developed the necessary commercial awareness, but also understands the benefits and difficulties of cross-border work. She is committed to developing her commercial and legal skills by working at a commercial law firm.
If you are part of a graduate recruitment team for a commercial law firm and would be keen to consider Prema’s CV, please click here.