Editor’s weekly: Aiming higher

With all the negative news that’s hitting the headlines at the moment it was refreshing to get involved in something positive for a change.

Lawyer 2B hosted its second Year 12 careers day at Kaplan Law School earlier this week and I’m pleased to say the event was once again a huge success.

The event was aimed at “gifted and talented” Year 12 A Level students from state schools and sixth form colleges in London and greater London. Over 300 students attended the event, which ran on 2 and 3 March (<a href=”http://www.thelawyer.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=136981&d=477&h=479&f=478”>see story</a>).

The careers day was especially significant for me because of my own personal experience of breaking into the legal profession. As the disabled daughter of first generation immigrants from Bangladesh who grew up in one of the poorest suburbs in Luton bagging my place at university to study law was a big deal.

Thankfully, despite being based in Luton my old sixth form college was pretty good at encouraging its students, including myself, to reach their potential. This support helped me to gain decent A Levels, which I strongly believe were the key to my breaking into the legal profession. Good A Level grades open the doors to the top universities where law firms and barristers chambers fish for new talent. I know it shouldn’t make a difference but it does.

That’s one of the main reasons we decided to invite Year 12 students to our careers day. In my view it’s crucial for students to receive specialist careers advice in the first year of A Levels so if they do decide to pursue a career in law there’s still time to pull out all the stops and get those crucial 340-plus UCAS points. It’s also not too late to gain some valuable work experience to give their CVs a boost.

I hope therefore that the aspiring young lawyers who attended our careers day have got one step closer to achieving their dreams by encouraging them to focus on their future careers as early as possible.

<strong><a href=”mailto:husnara.begum@lawyer2b.com”>husnara.begum@lawyer2b.com</a> </strong>

<strong>PS </strong>- I’m co-hosting a presentation on the credit crunch at Weil Gotshal & Manges next Monday (9 March) at 5pm for students at UCL, SOAS and King’s. <a href=”http://www.thelawyer.com/cgi-bin/item.cgi?id=136907&d=477&h=479&f=478”>Click here</a> for more info if you want to attend.

<strong>PPS </strong>- thanks to everyone who entered our Nutshells competition but rather controversially lots of you submitted the wrong answer! I’ve therefore decided to run the competition for another week. So if you want to win a series of Nutshell revision textbooks, published by Sweet & Maxwell, covering all the compulsory modules of a law degree all you need to do is drop me an email with your full name, phone number, the university you’re attending and the answer to the following: Which couple is the odd one out (hint – there’s a legal connection)?

A – Barack Obama and Michelle Obama

B – Margaret Thatcher and Denis Thatcher

C – Tony Blair and Cherie Booth QC