Meet Grace: My journey to becoming a Trainee Solicitor
My name is Grace Alabi. I am a Trainee Solicitor and Co-Founder of The Law Process.
I never understood why my friends chose to study Law at GCSE level, as at that point I had no interest in it. However, when it was time for me to pick my A-levels, I had limited options to choose from, so I gave Law a chance. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed learning about the English Legal System and sources of law at A-levels, so I went on to study an LLB Law degree at Nottingham Trent University and graduated with a 2.1.
My zest for Law continued during my three years at university, and I knew Law was the right career path for me. I then proceeded to study The Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Law School. The course was challenging, as I had to balance my part-time job, my legal voluntary work, and learning; but although it challenged me with its complexity, I found it stimulating and intriguing.
I completed the LPC with no prospect of getting a training contract or a role in the legal industry, so I did voluntary work for the Citizens Advice Bureau and some local firms in my area. After numerous applications and rejections, I secured a Paralegal role and then subsequently received my Training Contract offer.
To anyone hoping to pursue a career in Law, my advice would be to get as much work experience as you can. I called up every firm in my area to ask if I can work for free. Perseverance, dedication, and hard work got me to exactly where I want to be in my career today.
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