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Shona Nicholson

Career Path: Legal Assistant, North of England Protecting & Indemnity Association
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Upon graduating I began to work at Womble Bond Dickinson as a paralegal and gained excellent skills working in a high volume department managing my own case load. After 18 months, I wanted a new challenge and have recently started working at North of England as a legal assistant. I wanted to study law after really enjoying it at college and studying at Northumbria made me enjoy the practical elements.

What are you doing now?Shona Nicholson

At North of England, I assist over 35 in-house specialist lawyers on a wide range of shipping litigation matters.

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

The friendly atmosphere and the practical elements of the MLaw course.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

Studying was varied for me, a mixture of group seminars and lectures. I think the mix really allowed me to develop and work to the best of my ability.

How connected was your course with industry?

Very connected. Regular guest speakers and networking events were available.

What was the best thing about your course?

The tutors were highly knowledgeable with real-life experience.

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

The MLaw course, particularly the Student Law Office element was particularly attractive to employers.

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

How to deal with clients effectively (SLO) and how to prioritise work.

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

The friends I made and the support from the staff.

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

Definitely go for it! It was the best choice I made.

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

Unique, informative and unforgettable

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