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Sophie Fletcher

Career Path: Trainee Solicitor, Watson Woodhouse Solicitors
Location: Middlesbrough, UK

I wanted to go into a career in Law from Year 9 where I watched a mock trial competition. It seemed extremely interesting. I took course modules at school that would suit that career. I consequently applied and succeeded in gaining a place at Northumbria University to study the MLaw (Exempting) Course which includes the LPC required in addition to your standard degree to become a trainee solicitor. This was always my goal.

What are you doing now?Sophie Fletcher

I am a trainee solicitor at a high street firm in my local town of Middlesbrough. I have mainly practised in residential conveyancing as well as some commercial property.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I am from a village near Middlesbrough and didn’t want to travel too far from home. Northumbria was perfect with the modern facilities, engaging lecturers and interesting course topics.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was very constructive feedback throughout and there was always someone available to speak with. A mixture of lectures and seminars. My course only involved group work really in the last year which worked for me.

How connected was your course with industry?

My course was very topical and always focused on the prospective jobs in terms of life outside university. We had guest lectures and emails telling us about outside opportunities.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

We had the Student Law Office which was brilliant in learning about real life problems and potential issues we will face in our future career.

What was the best thing about your course?

The people I met were fantastic and the fact that my course was tailored to suit my future career.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

I wouldn’t be in the career I am now without studying at Northumbria University. It gave me all necessary qualifications and skills I required.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

Interview skills, people skills, negotiating and of course knowledge about conveyancing.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I enjoyed the course as it was all tailored towards what I wanted to do in the future. I loved the city in general, as all the people I got to meet.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Definitely go for it! You will get the most out of going to this university as long as you make the effort. Do not waste the opportunity.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Emotional, insightful, memorable

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