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Orla O'Connor

Career Path: Family Law Paralegal, Beecham Peacock Solicitors
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

I always wanted to be a Family Law Solicitor. I was given an unconditional offer for Law at Northumbria. I chose child care as a half module in Year 3, and choose family law full module in Year 4, I also chose family as my student law office choice which confirmed I wanted to practice in the area. I chose family law as my dissertation project and volunteered with domestic violence charities. All of these things helped me obtain a job as a Family Law Paralegal. I hope to soon obtain a training contract and then qualify as a Family Law Solicitor.

What are you doing now?Orla O'Connor

I am a Family Law Paralegal at Beecham Peacock Solicitors.

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

The MLaw program was the reason I applied and luckily I was granted an unconditional offer after being interviewed.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I loved every second - the seminars were vital to succeed in exams.

How connected was your course with industry?

The Student law office gave me an insight on how the theory we learnt in the classroom was put into practice

What was the best thing about your course?

The help from my tutors, whenever I wasn’t sure they were always happy to help.

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

Having a masters built into the course put me ahead of other candidates.

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


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

The snow sports society and meeting new friends

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

Do it! It was the best decision of my life.

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

Rewarding, fun, memorable

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