Anna Grieves - Pathways Graduate, Warwick Graduate, and Trainee Solicitor
One of the many highlights of my time at Warwick has to be my involvement with the Pathways to Law project. By taking on the role of a Pathways mentor, I was able to share my own experiences with students and guide them in the right direction for their future. I had the pleasure of working on the Pathways Conference this summer and was overwhelmed by all the inspirational students and their will to succeed. Over the space of just a few days, I witnessed individuals come out of their shells to develop invaluable debating and negotiation skills, and was able to have a great deal of fun with them at the same time. As a Pathways student you will be provided with some incredible opportunities - make sure you make the most of everything you are offered and, with a little hard work and determination, you will go far.
Unfortunately, my time at Warwick is now over, but I can honestly say that I had the most incredible four years. Academically, Warwick Law School was a great place to study, pushing me hard to make sure I achieved my full potential. Socially, Warwick allowed me to make life-long friends and create some amazing memories. I would do it all again in an instant. As I studied European Law with French Law, I was fortunate enough to spend a year abroad in Lille, France, where I studied French law and had the opportunity to sample French life. This is an experience that I would definitely recommend – not only was it a fun filled Erasmus year, it also looks great on your CV, thanks to the skills you develop out there.
After graduating in July, I moved down to London to start the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at BPP Holborn. The LPC is the professional qualification required before you can start training as a solicitor. For me, this will take a year, although some students take an accelerated version, which lasts six months. After completing this course, I will have a further two years of “on the job” training, before qualifying as a solicitor.
I am now a month in to my course and can say, without a doubt, that it is very different from studying law at Warwick. Whilst it is based on the same basic concepts, this course focuses on the practical approach that solicitors must take when dealing with situations. This means a lot of our work is based on the relevant forms and procedures and any academic analysis is no longer required. It’s quite nice to finally see how everything I’m learning will apply to my work in practice.
The course itself is made up of lectures, small group sessions and independent study activities. The group sessions are each two hours long and effectively take the form of workshops, involving activities to help familiarise everyone with the relevant areas of law covered in the lectures. The LPC does involve quite a lot of independent study, but the resources provided are all really easy to follow and highlight exactly what you need to know. At the moment, the workload isn’t too bad and I find that if I work solidly during the day, I have a good amount of spare time at evenings and weekends. This may all change when it comes to assessment time, of course! Overall, so far so good and living in London is an added bonus, which I’m definitely making the most of!