Starting out

Starting out

Hi there, I’m Emily.

I’m currently a first year Philosopher at Robinson College, Cambridge. After much research, I am intent on becoming a solicitor.

A number of careers meetings later; after attending a ‘Law for Non-Lawyers’ Event, law lectures, speaking to as many lawyers as possible, reading Catherine Barnard’s ‘What About Law?’ and a LOT of guides to the legal profession; I am certain that soliciting is the right career for me. Law has always been at the back of my mind: I’ve always found lawyers inspiring. But I never thought I could have the chance to be one.

I feel pretty lucky that my hard work during A Levels paid off and I achieved a place to study Philosophy at Cambridge University. Before coming here, I didn’t have the confidence to think I had it in me. Eight weeks later, I’ve just finished my first term and have never been so sure of anything in my whole life: I know I can be a great lawyer. I’m ready to do whatever it takes to achieve my goal. What’s more, the biggest lesson I’ve learned this term: your background is no reason you can’t be too. I guess what I’m trying to do is share my lesson of confidence with you. I won’t let my background stop me pursuing my dream, and neither should you.

I know the road to becoming a solicitor can be a very long one. I do not think for a moment any stage will be easy. In fact, I would say that it’s far from an underestimate to expect every step to be extremely difficult. For example, at first I certainly didn’t find it easy to convince myself I had it in me. But getting to Cambridge has taught me that no barrier is insurmountable. There’s no achieving high without aiming high. So that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

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