Linda Quinn has completed the CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and is now an Associate Member of CILEx. She is working towards her Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice
Erica Pearce-Howard, a Graduate member of CILEx, describes her experience as a mature student and how she balanced studying with a full-time job in a key fee-earning role.
Charlie Bretherick is currently working towards becoming a Chartered Legal Executive. She is close to completing her CILEx Level 3 Professional Diploma in Law and Practice and intends to study for the CILEx Level 6 Professional Higher Diploma in Law and Practice and complete her qualifying employment through her role within the Medical Protection Society’s claims team.
Alex Lawrence is a Graduate Member of CILEx currently working at Fraser Dawbarns LLP. She will become a qualified Chartered Legal Executive on completion of her qualifying employment. She describes how her colleagues encouraged her to study with CILEx Law School – and how her studies have benefited her in her job.
I come from a very much performance and creative arts background rather than an academic one. I was always confident academically in school, but just found more of a passion for performing and creating. It’s difficult to know what you want to base your future around at that age, especially when academically the skills school currently teaches are rather general, and if you’re not interested in mathematics or science it’s hard to see an appeal to the academic world.
Vicki Melhuish, who turned down a university place to take up a legal apprenticeship with Kennedys, describes what it is like to have this role.
Setting my sights on a high flying career within the legal sector is something that I have always dreamed of, but it seems now that it really is becoming a reality.
During my GCSEs it seemed everyone had decided exactly what they wanted to do once they left school. It was the usual “I’m going to do A-Levels/College then onto University”. I knew university wasn’t for me so I decided to complete my further education at college and then get a job.
When I was in year 10 at school, a lady from a well-established law firm gave a talk to my class about a new career path into law; the apprenticeship route. I thought it was a good idea but still had in mind that I would go to University as I assumed this would be best.
I was a good student at school and, as per teacher recommendations; I went to university to study History and English Literature with a view to then taking the GDL. I found out quickly that it wasn't for me. I worked in retail for a few years unsure about my next steps before discovering the apprenticeship route.