My name is Elle (LLB, MSc LPC). I attended the University of Winchester where I studied my LLB and graduated in 2018. Following this I attended the University of Law where I studied my LPC MSc full-time and was technically due to graduate in 2020.
I was originally born in Bulgaria, but moved to the UK with my family at the age of 8, where I started primary school knowing not a single word of English! My hobbies outside of lockdown included being very social with friends and family, but since lockdown I have begun teaching myself digital art, illustration and animation, as well as taking up gardening of 2 very healthy avocado plants and 1 very tiny lemon tree.
Now that I completed all my mandatory legal studies, I am applying for my very first cycle of Vacation Schemes, Training Contracts as well as Paralegal positions to work until I secure & start my Training Contract.
Law has been my passion from the start. My law journey began when my secondary school introduced Law as a GCSE in year 11. I really thrived in my class, and my teachers noticed too as I was awarded the Head Teacher’s Award for most excelled student in a subject. This achievement sparked my interest in law, I found myself enjoying every aspect of it. I had never been academically excellent, but I always loved learning, and law combined some of my favourite subjects; History, English, Politics and Philosophy.
I initially wanted to work within criminal law, but later decided on a more corporate/commercial path after working in a High Street Firm for a year immediately after my degree, this experience showed me that High Street was not for me. Having decided that I wanted to go into corporate/commercial I chose corporate/commercial electives during my LPC; Commercial Law and Practice, Mergers and Acquisitions, and Employment Law, which I really enjoyed.
The summer after my LPC I attended a webinar where I was given the chance to meet different lawyers from unlikely legal departments, but what sparked my interest in Mergers and Acquisitions, specifically in the Regulations and Investigation department, was talking about what a day-in-the-life of an M&A lawyer looked like. I knew that this was the path for me because it was exactly what I imagined working in law would be, but it also combined all areas of law which interested me, from Criminal regulation to the internal aspects (think MeToo movement, horse meet scandal, TSB online banking meltdown)!
The biggest barrier I faced during my legal education was being the first person in my family to go to University and pursue law, because of this I had no idea that you were meant to start applying for Vac Schemes and TC’s early on and I believed for a very long time that this put me behind in my legal career. However, I learned to use this to my advantage rather than to let it rule me out, I used my time to gain legal and non-legal experience, attended webinars and other online events, which I think has made me a stronger candidate than the one I was during university.
My biggest piece of advice for anyone wishing to pursue a career in law is to go for it! It will be hard, and you will definitely have times when you want to quit, but the outcome has been so rewarding and those diplomas on my wall are my biggest and proudest achievement to date.
Feel free to follow me on my legal instagram where I post tips and tricks for LLB, LPC MSc, Vac Scheme and TC Applications etc, and where you can send me direct messages with any queries, or send me a personalised request on LinkedIn.
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