BA History, 2004
Trainee Solicitor, Slaughter & May
"Attending careers events at LSE provided an excellent opportunity for me to ask questions and gain an impression as to what it would be like to work within those firms."
It became clear to me during my A Levels that I wanted to continue my studies in History at university. I considered reading for a degree in law and pursuant to that went to a summer school for law whilst studying for my A Levels. There I discovered that I could read for another degree and still be able to pursue a legal career later if I still wanted to.
In terms of the academic skills I developed at LSE the most important were my research skills which were readily transferable from History to Law. LSE was also a place where I was able to meet people from many countries and cultures which broadened my view of the world.
During my time at LSE I was an active member of student societies, a Student Mentor, LSE Ambassador, worked part time and had an active social life in addition to my studies. This gave me the ability to effectively manage my time. I was also the External Communications Officer for the Karate Society which further developed my communication and organisational skills.
I completed a vacation placement which lasted for two weeks during the Easter vacation of my final year at LSE at a city law firm. After that I obtained a training contract with Slaughter and May. After I completed my degree at LSE I went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law and then the Legal Practice Course at BPP Professional Education. These courses are compulsory requirements and represent part of the academic and vocational training for a legal career.
After finishing Law School I started my training contract at Slaughter and May. My training contract consisted of seats in two Corporate, Commercial and Financing Groups (one focusing on debt finance and the other on corporate work) and seats in Commercial Real Estate, Tax and Dispute Resolution. Upon completion of my training contract I decided to qualify into the Corporate, Commercial and Financing Group focusing on debt finance.
I am now a qualified solicitor in one of Slaughter and May's Corporate, Commercial and Financing Groups. My Group focuses on all kinds of debt financing work and covers, amongst other areas, loan financing, bonds, derivatives and restructuring work. As so many areas are covered the work is varied and often very complex.