Real Estate Litigation
Pinsent Masons LLP
Impact of degree on career choice and current opportunities:
University taught me to balance competing priorities, meet deadlines and concentrate on complex problems for long periods. These skills are vital for a solicitor. Studying law was the perfect subject for my current job which involves dealing with disputes involving property through court proceedings and negotiations.
Advice to current students
Study hard and get the best degree classification you are capable of. Enjoy your time at university and your social life, but never lose sight of why you are really there.
Make sure you participate in extracurricular activities which will help you demonstrate to law firms that you have developed the skills required to become a solicitor. Aim to do summer placements at one or more law firms in your second year.
Don’t be afraid to pursue something unrelated to law to build up commercial acumen before pursuing a training contract. For example, I worked at Network Rail (initially as part of its post-graduate business management scheme) in various management positions before starting my training contract. That experience helps me today to better understand clients and their businesses, and to more easily build rapport with them.