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Graduate Profile: Laura Nash, Blackstone Solicitors

STAFF17-4956Laura Nash is a graduate in LLB Law, and graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004. She now practises as a Solicitor with Blackstone Solicitors, and has shared her story and advice for students also pursuing law careers.

My background

As a teenager, I had no real idea what road to go down with my A-levels and beyond. The advice from my older (and maybe wiser) cousin was to study the subjects I would perform the best in, as good grades would open the most doors. At A-level I chose to study English Literature, Classical Civilisation and Sociology, and thankfully achieved three A grades. I applied to read Law as I could not go wrong – a degree in Law, and possibly a career in Law too!

I studied LLB Law at the University of Leeds. Leeds is a city I knew well as a child. My Dad grew up in Woodhouse Park, and I have memories of my Dad driving me around the streets showing me his homes and schools whilst recounting tales. Leeds was the natural choice for me; a fantastic red brick University only an hour from my home town of Manchester. It was close enough that I could pop home for the night but far enough away that I didn’t have to!

My second year at Leeds was all about the vacation schemes! Days were spent in the computer clusters (I’m sure they look very different now!) drafting applications and frantically checking emails. I was delighted to secure vacation schemes at Eversheds and Hammonds in 2003 and I enjoyed them both thoroughly. I chose to train at Eversheds and qualified there in 2007 after a successful training contract, being offered jobs in 3 departments (in a recession), and coming first in the national trainee cohort at Eversheds in the Finance and Business Skills module.
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How to become a barrister

Fancy yourself as the next Atticus Finch? Career Consultant Steve Carter shares his top advice for aspiring barristers. All of the below is taken from talks given by both junior and senior barristers as well as serving judges.

What do Barristers do?

In essence a barrister ‘crafts legal arguments to persuade a jury/judge of the efficacy of their case.

Barristers have to be practical; can the problem be solved any other way?  They also have to be commercially aware both for their clients and, as they are often self employed, for themselves.

Away from self-employment there are government barristers working for the Government Legal Service.  For this awareness of the wider political context is required as they help to frame legislation.

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Getting into Law

Wanting a Career in Law? Check out this article by our Careers Consultant Julia Ashton to find out what you should know. 

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First things first, you do not need to have a Law degree to get into Law.  In fact every year about half the training contracts available are filled by non-law graduates. Continue reading

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