Hi! I’m Rianna and I have recently graduated from the University of Birmingham with a 2:1 in my law degree. In a week’s time I will be starting my LPC MSc in Law, Business and Management at the University of Law online.
I decided to start my LLB straight after my A-Levels as I knew that I wanted to pursue the legal profession since the age of eight! I was naturally more inclined towards humanities subjects, enjoyed reading and writing and so I felt this was the natural path for me. However, before starting my degree I completed my first ever work experience at a family law firm in London, a few weeks after my GCSE exams. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I got to go to East London Family Court on quite a few occasions. During this experience, I realised that I wanted to be a solicitor. I really enjoyed the prospect of close client contact and working on cases from beginning to end. Having worked with a barrister on one of the days, I realised that being called on at short notice and a lot of last-minute preparation isn’t for me!
Although this work experience was in family law, I soon realised that this wasn’t necessarily my area of interest. Therefore, at university I attended a number of networking events with commercial law firms and found that this to my area of interest. I particularly took a liking to the fast-paced nature of the work environment, the sense of achievement in working on deals which are widely reported and working with household names. Studying commercial law as an elective during my final year at University and completing a vacation scheme with an international firm this summer truly strengthened my vision.
Legal education has been intellectually challenging, to say the least, especially my final year where I chose elective modules. During my second semester I found it particularly difficult to juggle three completely new elective modules, video interviews, assessment centres and on top of that, a pandemic to end my university career. However, those few months taught me that I am capable of managing a large workload whilst still remaining career focused, as long as I remain organised and have the long-term vision of my goal in view.
In terms of my personal development, legal education has made me more confident as a person. It has also encouraged me to become an independent learner and to develop a ‘go-getter’ mentality. The legal profession is extremely competitive, though all of the downfalls have made me an extremely resilient individual, as I’m sure it has for others.
For those of you considering a career in law, be mindful of the competition but do not let it get the best of you. Be supportive towards others, help when you can and enjoy the journey! Most of us (myself included) have a destination addiction, i.e. the mentality that “I’ll be happy when I have a training contract”. Refrain from forgetting to celebrate the smaller wins along the way and the self-development that the process facilitates.
You can find me on Instagram @riannadoeslaw. Feel free to send me a DM. I post a few times per week and would be happy to answer any questions.