From outreach to law career

From outreach to law career

Going to University wasn’t always something Alice Radford had on her radar when she was younger.

Fast-forward a few years and Alice holds a first-class degree in LLB (Hons) Law from Nottingham Trent University and she will shortly be finishing her LLM Legal Practice Course at the University. She is now working towards becoming a solicitor.

“When I was at school, I never imagined that one day I would be a solicitor,” said Alice.

“Going to University wasn’t something that I always intended on doing, it was a decision I almost fell into.”

Alice flourished academically during her A-Levels at Ashfield Comprehensive School and she realised she enjoyed studying law and felt University was the next step for her.

When Alice was in Year 13, NTU’s Schools, Colleges and Community Outreach team (SCCO) visited her college to provide a workshop on student finance.

“I remember the session being very involved, the team made it as fun as possible and students were able to ask any questions they had about the University,” said Alice.

Alice felt encouraged to attend an open day at NTU and after this she knew the University was the place for her.

During her time at NTU, Alice threw herself into University life and alongside her studies, took part in a range of University outreach schemes and volunteering opportunities.

Some of these schemes included: helping young pupils in Nottinghamshire to recognise University is an option for them; providing one-to-one mentoring to pupils who needed additional support and helping pupils with revision skills, time management, choosing what to do after school, unravelling myths about University and becoming a Student Ambassador.

“It was an enriching experience working with students who were from disadvantaged backgrounds and it felt like the work we were doing was making a difference across the county,” said Alice.

After University, Alice took a year out to decide what she wanted to do.

“I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be a solicitor or barrister. Sometimes I doubted whether I wanted to be either,” she said.

During her gap year Alice accepted a job at Mansfield Court as a Court Usher. This is where she met a law firm and she is due to start as a Paralegal with them in June with a view to starting a Training Contract in October.

“In order to qualify as a solicitor it was essential I completed the Legal Practice Course. I thoroughly enjoyed my undergraduate studies at NTU so I didn’t hesitate in returning to continue my education,” she said.

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