Name: Zubier Yazdani, 31, Solicitor at Hodge Jones Allen
Study: Archaeology, University College London
Graduated: July 1996
After working as an archaeologist for about a year, I decided to move into law because I wanted to do something more focused around meeting people and problem solving.
Funding my training wasn’t easy, but I managed it through a combination of my own resources and loans. It was harder still to get a training contract, so after my LPC I wound up clerking for a number of firms and by doing that, I got to know people who saw I was capable. A small high street firm in Kentish Town took me on. I got broad experience, with a high level of responsibility, from day one.
After my training contract, I continued to work there for another year and then applied for my current job, where I do predominantly housing work for the housing and social welfare department. An example of the kind of case I’d deal with is someone whose landlord is taking them to court for a tenancy issue. It’s mostly legal aid work.
It really helped me at the interview that I volunteer at my local law centre. Every fortnight on a Wednesday evening, I see anyone with an appointment. In fact, my biggest piece of advice would be to get out there, get your foot in a lot of places, and get known.
There are lots of people out there without a voice who, through my work, I can help empower and that’s what I find most rewarding about my job.