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Leah Redden

Career Path: Pupil Barrister, Browne Jacobson LLP
Location: Nottingham , UK

Brief biography of your career so far:

I had wanted to study law at university and go down this career years before I studied at Northumbria. I always found it intriguing and once I studied it at sixth form I knew it was the career I wanted to pursue and following work experience I just wanted to be in court doing what other barristers were doing. To achieve this I chose to apply for the BPTC route on the M Law Course I was on and it all went from there. Following graduation I worked as a county court advocate for 7 months whilst applying for pupillage. I secured pupillage in the March after graduation and that commenced in October and I am thoroughly enjoying the start of my career.

What are you doing now?

I am currently a Pupil Barrister at Browne Jacobson LLP based in their Nottingham office.

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

I had wanted to study close to home but also wanted to be provided a good education. I chose Northumbria as the M Law course was the best option for myself as I could also do either the LPC or the BPTC in the final two years of the degree.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

There was a good balance of engaging lectures and seminars, especially on the BPTC, with plenty of opportunity for feedback. The feedback was always helpful and provided for good learning opportunities.

How connected was your course with industry?

There was an abundance of guest lectures on offer. Further, practitioners would often come into the university to engage and assist on mock trials, pupillage panels, etc. There were often competitions which would have prizes such as marshalling and mini-pupillages.

What was the best thing about your course?

The tutors - all of the tutors were happy to help at all times, even if it wasn’t something directly to do with the course they were teaching.

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

I think the fact that I had done a course which no other university offered was something which intrigued many employers and is still of interest to my colleagues and other professionals. It was a great talking point in interview.

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