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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.

Aspiring lawyers, make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel called TheLawProcess. This channel will bring you everything you need to know about becoming a solicitor, from formatting your legal CV to tips on vacation schemes and training contract applications. We will also be giving everyone information on their legal rights.





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