Meet Holly: Self-doubt, teaching and my journey to becoming a lawyer
Throughout my childhood I was never fascinated by the law, nor did I wish to pursue a career in law. My dream job was to be a primary school teacher, I loved the thought of being able to teach others and help them learn. It was up to the age of 15 that I was determined my ideal job was to become a teacher (I also loved the thought of having six weeks off). However, during a citizenship lesson one day we learnt about domestic abuse and touched on criminal law. I instantly was drawn to wanting to know more about criminal law.
I decided to do an online course introducing the Criminal Justice System in the UK. I loved the online course I completed, it was very interactive and fired my passion for helping others, in a more hand on approach involving law. This course helped me identify what law I want to go into, which is family law. I have always wanted to support vulnerable people, and give them a better life, that’s what thrived my passion for becoming a teacher as well as becoming a solicitor.
I did not go down the most conventional route into law, I wasn’t sure whether this was a true passion or a short burst that wouldn’t last long. My A-Levels covered a variety of different areas in which I wanted to see if law prevailed, I studied economics, geography, media and childcare. All topics I loved, but I knew nothing could beat law.
I was often told growing up by teachers that I wasn’t smart and was always put in the bottom set. I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I would ever be able to study law, or even get into university. I was the first person in my family to go to university, and the day my A-Level results came out and I found out I got into university to study law both me and my mum burst out crying. I may not be the smartest person but that does not mean I’m not capable.
The jump from A-Levels to university was very big, and it took me a bit of time to get used to. I struggled at first, I doubted myself constantly and didn’t think I was good enough to be studying at university. I was very much wrong; I have made myself proud I may not have received the top grade in everything, but by overcoming my personal obstacles I could not be prouder of myself.
I have loved my university experience; I was given the opportunity to work on the Innocence Project London where my true passion of helping others and fighting for justice has grown. My knowledge of miscarriages of justice and my perspective of the Criminal Justice System in the UK has been widened, and my fondness for fighting for what’s right has never been so strong.
My advice to those who were just like me and doubt themselves, you should not doubt yourself, you don’t have to be the best in the class, as long as you are making yourself proud that’s all that matters. If you lack in confidence like I did, it will come I promise it is a tough course, but you can do it, focus and push, the light at the end of the tunnel will get close.