On Wednesday 22nd November, our Business Development Manager Laura was invited back to the University of Birmingham to speak about alternative careers in law. 
Laura studied her bachelor's degree in Law at the University of Birmingham from 2007-2010, and her master's from 2011-2012. She found much of the careers advice focused on practicing law as a solicitor or barrister, but there was little awareness around other jobs in law. So she was delighted to have the opportunity to help other students in the same situation, and highlight the transferrable skills gained in a law degree.  
Laura says "I was honoured to be invited back to University of Birmingham to speak at a careers event. Many years ago, I was a law student with no idea what I wanted to do, panicking more each time I attended a careers talk. I could never have dreamed that one day I'd be asked back to inform and inspire others (or that the same shy teenager would one day be brave enough to say yes!) 
"I hope I managed to inspire some other students like me, who don't have a path planned out or a clear idea what life will look like in 10 years. I think we showed that success is rarely a straight line and that there are plenty of unknown 'Chandler Bing' jobs out there - it just takes a bit of tenacity to find them and bravery to give them a go. It can feel daunting as a first generation student with no connections, but there's a huge number of us who started in the same position and are keen to help." 
In her role, Laura's legal education helps her to research and write content for the website and our blog, understanding complex legal information and summarising the key information needed. Thanks to her studies, Laura also has a greater understanding of the regulatory obligations we are subject to in running the firm.  
Other speakers represented careers in the police, policy, as paralegals and as in-house solicitors. 
If you're a law student considering a career other than Solicitor or Barrister, you can read Laura's advice on LinkedIn.  
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