LLM International and European Human Rights Law 2011-2012
Current Job Role: Trainee Solicitor, DWF LLP
Tell us about your career path following graduation?
After finishing my Law degree and my Master’s degree in International and European Human Rights Law at the School of Law, I then went on to complete my LPC. Following this I was a paralegal for a short while at another firm before beginning my training contract with DWF last year.
What have been the highlights so far?
I recently attended a trial at Newcastle County Court which I found very interesting. I also really enjoyed participating in this year’s national volunteering project Give and Gain Day. Along with some fellow colleagues I built a pond in a local school, to be enjoyed and used for educational purposes by the children there. In addition to this I have had the opportunity to attend a number of exciting networking events from the annual DWF Young Professionals Charity Ball to wine tastings.
Give us a brief insight into your role?
Every day is different and as I move seats every 4 months, the nature of the work that I carry out changes constantly during my training contract. This gives me the opportunity to experience a varied and interesting range of work. So far I have completed seats in Real Estate and Banking and I am now sat in Occupational Health. I carry out a variety of tasks each day, from preparing case strategy documents to attending engineer’s inspections. I enjoy the fact that I am constantly challenged and the work that I am given is very interesting. I find that I am given a lot of responsibility as a Trainee Solicitor.
How did you find studying at the School of Law?
I really enjoyed studying at the School; the resources, teaching staff and facilities were great. The School was built only shortly before I finished my Law degree, but as I also completed my Master’s degree there I was able to enjoy using it for another year!
If you were to give some advice to current students what would it be?
My advice to students seeking training contracts would be that as there is a lot of competition; it is important to have something on your applications that makes you stand out, in addition to your academic achievements, such as part-time work, extra-curricular activities and hobbies. As well as making your applications stand out, this will also provide you with additional talking points for interviews.
What are you most looking forward to in your future career?
At the moment I am most looking forward to qualification next year and finally becoming a qualified solicitor!