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Kieran McGaughey

Career Path: Paralegal at Cleaver Fulton Rankin [Commercial law firm]
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Where are you doing now?

I work as a paralegal for Cleaver Fulton Rankin, one of Northern Ireland's leading commercial law firms. Having initially pursued a career in Legal Aid work, I now hope to train as a solicitor in commercial practice.

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

My time at Northumbria enabled me to develop the skills required in everyday legal practice - client care, communication skills, legal writing and the ability to critically analyse information. Group presentations, and playing football with my fellow students, helped foster the teamworking skills required in most career paths. Combining my academic studies with representing the Team Northumbria gaelic football team, and part-time employment  as a legal researcher, enabled me to develop effective time-management strategies. This is a crucial skill in a fast-paced legal environment, enabling me to organise and prioritise my workload.

What was the best thing about your course?

The standard of teaching I received, and the people I met - many of whom I remain in touch with.

Who inspired you the most, and why?

My fellow students - the collegiate atmosphere and encouragement we offered each other to acheive success in a highly competitive legal market.

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

I developed legal knowledge of property law, which I currently work in, and many other areas of law. I harnessed skills which I use everyday, such as legal writing, drafting, research and perhaps most importantly of all - effective client care.

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

The standard of training was fantastic, with state-of-the-art modern facilities. There was a collegiate and friendly atmosphere amongst the law students.

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

I would certainly recommend the School of Law - many of my contemporaries have gone on to pursue a successful career in the legal sector.

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in 3 words?

Memorable, rewarding, insightful

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