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Cheryl Weir

Career Path: Criminal Solicitor, Cartwright King Ltd.
Location: Leeds, UK

After graduating from university I obtained a training contract with a London based firm which I completed in December 2011. Following qualification I was offered a Criminal Solicitor role at a small firm in Southampton and accepted that position.

I commenced working in Southampton in March 2012 and remained with the firm until October 2013 when I moved to work with another, larger firm still within Southampton. In March 2017 the Southampton firm I was working for ceased trading and I then moved to work at my current firm in Leeds.

What are you doing now?Cheryl Weir

I am working as a Criminal Solicitor in Leeds for Cartwright King Ltd.

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

I loved the idea of working in Newcastle as I love the city. I also chose the LLB Law Exempting degree because it allowed me to complete the LPC throughout my degree. I knew I was always going to qualify as a solicitor and as such, the course made the transition into work much easier for me.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I really enjoyed studying at Northumbria, there was a good mix of lectures, role play work and seminars which allowed me to develop all the necessary skills to work in the legal field. The staff were also all very approachable which I believe is imperative when you are learning.

How connected was your course with industry?

The course was well connected with the industry. The Student Law Office allowed us to work on real life cases which prepared me well for my working life.

What was the best thing about your course?

The staff and the way the course was set up, allowed me to study the LPC as part of the course. The Student Law Office was, at the time, very unique and helped me to understand what working life in the field was going to be like practically.

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

The course curriculum helped me to understand what working in the legal field was like practically which gave me a headstart over other employment applicants who had never had contact with any real life clients.

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

Advocacy skills, client interview skills and research skills.

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

The final year when we began working in the Student Law Office and also the practical education such as advocacy role play and interview role play.

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

Work hard, stay focussed and use the opportunity to broaden your knowledge as much as you can.

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

Challenging, opportunistic and exciting.

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