Pupils explore a career in the law

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On Tuesday 20th November two of our solicitors went to talk to sixth form pupils at Goffs Oak Academy.  The pupils were exploring career options as part of their Curriculum Enrichment Day when they are encouraged to think about their future employability and identify the qualifications they will need to move from education into their chosen careers.

Rachael Spalton, Partner and Head of Commercial Property, and Kerrie Hall, Senior Solicitor in Family Law, talked about their own careers from how they got started through to the type of work they do for their clients within their practice areas.

Rachael Spalton said, “it was really interesting and enjoyable to meet the students and to be a part of the day” and Jane Gambles, Sixth Form Learning Mentor, said that pupil “feedback has been extremely positive”.

Jobs within the legal profession extend beyond solicitors and barristers and there was also some interesting discussion about alternative routes into a legal career.  There are tuition fees to consider for the traditional route through university followed by a Legal Practice Course (LPC) before securing a traineeship within a law firm.  So, the solicitors and pupils talked about the benefits of learning on the job and that some law firms offer training schemes to become a legal secretary, paralegal or legal executive – which can lead to other opportunities to train to become a fully qualified solicitor.  Learning whilst working can be a great way to find out more about the legal profession and build a career based on your skills and what you enjoy about the work.