My name is Harry and I have recently graduated with a degree in law from the University of Surrey. I will be starting my LPC LLM In September 2020 at the University of Law Guildford Campus.
I began university by studying Criminology, but I was fortunate enough to obtain work experience after my first year. This further developed my passion for law, and I later decided to change course and pursue a career in law.
Days before my final year was due to start, I broke my foot playing football. This led me to miss the entire first semester, and in order to stay connected, I decided to create my law page and blog website (@harryslawlife).
Shortly after, I realised the high demand for effective law platforms, and after being inspired by many, I decided to launch the Harry’s Law Initiative (@harryslaw).
I started this with the aim to make a career in law more accessible for everyone. Within this, I share the stories of aspiring solicitors and legal professionals, ultimately raising awareness into what a career in law entails, and helping to bring the law community closer together through openness and interaction.
The first-hand experiences of others are the best way to gain insight into what your potential career path involves, whilst also providing great networking opportunities.
I have now extended this by creating the @legallysupported platform, designed to provide a support network for students, helping to build a close and connected community as well as offering mentoring, advice, and guidance.
Within this, I have put together a small team of passionate and dedicated aspiring lawyers at each stage of the legal process. We officially launch this September so be sure to follow us as we share our legal journeys and help you understand more about the legal process and learn about alternative routes to law!
I am incredibly passionate about helping others and I want to dedicate my time to giving back to the legal community.
I truly believe that there is no limit to what you can achieve, so long as you work hard, stay dedicated and continue to strive for greatness, you can succeed in anything you put your mind to.
Being a first-generation student has been incredibly difficult, which is why I am so passionate about providing others with support and guidance through my platform @legallysupported, as well as being an ambassador for @first_gens.
I am extremely approachable and very passionate about giving aspiring lawyers the exposure by sharing their story, with the aim of pushing others forward and working closely with them, to maintain a great profession relationship and obtain experience that I can share with others to help them along the way.
I am currently a head ambassador for Kissoon Carr, a top Legal Recruitment firm in London.
Through this, I have made some great connections with a wide range of legal professionals as a result my hard work, dedication and my ability to community with a diverse range of individuals.
My hard work and dedication demonstrated through my legal platforms was recently recognised by the Corporate Law Academy where I was 1 out of 5 people chosen to be part of TCLA’s Accelerator Programme which had over 100 applicants.
I am proud to be a first-generation student and defy the odds, hopefully by becoming a successful commercial solicitor. I never had the support from my family, who to this day fail to understand the significance of higher education and the building blocks required to have a career in the legal profession.
My motivation came from my college tutor who stated, and I quote “hard work, determination and resilience is the formula to success”. To this day, I remind myself of those words that continue to inspire me and fuel my drive to believe, succeed and achieve.
I would like to break down the stereotypes of the profession and I think that graduating after four years at university is a great example of that.
There are times where I struggle, times I thought my dream was over, and times I had nobody by my side, but continuing to stay focused on where I wanted to be and all I wanted to achieve has really helped get me to where I am today.
Although I am still in the early development of my legal career, I eagerly await to take on the next chapter of my legal journey. I truly believe that you can achieve all that you put your mind to, no matter how long it may take, you will get to where you want to be; so, continue to do all you can to better yourself and embrace what makes you unique.