Degree: Law, 2.1, City University
LPC: College of Law, London
Firm: Norton Rose
Why did you decide upon a career in law?
When you’re still at university there are opportunities to do lots of summer placements. I did one placement at a bank and another at a law firm. I decided that the law suited me – it was an informed decision. I think it’s good to do placements as it means you can find out if you’re doing the right thing.
What did the application process involve?
There is an online application form. Then when you get through to the next round, there is a day with a group assessment, and an interview with two people from the firm.
What type of work are you doing in your current seat?
I speak to clients and collect documents. I also check documents and prepare drafts of documents to send to clients. Plus I sometimes do pieces of research. I find aviation finance interesting – every time I get on a plane I know what model it is and how much it cost. All our clients are big names that we all know – it’s fun to find out how many planes they are buying or selling.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I really like the balance between interacting with people on the telephone and via email, and the quieter side of drafting and so on.
What do you like least?
Sometimes you have a lot of responsibility, which can be a bit daunting. But it’s also exciting.
What advice do you have for readers?
I would recommend pursuing placements, as it’s a very good way to get into the law and decide if it’s for you.