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Sarah Nolan 21 Jan 18
Lost my dad aged 12 & raised by my amazingly strong working class mum, couldn't afford to go to uni but was desperate to be a lawyer, wrote to every law firm in Lpool to get admin role & funding for studies, qualified at 25 against odds, 10 yrs qualified next month!
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The Secret Barrister 21 Jan 18
Secret comprehensive school; Secret non-Oxbridge university; Secret few years in the non-legal wilderness; Secret scholarship from my Inn without which I couldn’t have done Secret BVC; Secret pupillage; Secret tenancy; Secret Barrister.
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David Joyce 22 Jan 18
Born to Irish Traveller family in bowtop wagon @ 0, primary and secondary school sporadic, motortrade apprenticeship @ 17, University: mature student @ 25, Law School @ 30, Bar @ 35, Barrister for 9 years, now Housing law Solicitor @ 48. Still tinkering with old VWs
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Mandy in Listing 22 Jan 18
Saw handsome Barrister on the bus in 1992 after one too many Sherries. Quite fancied him. Followed him. Applied for a job where he worked. Court manager at the time had a thing for red heads. Got the job. Now I’m the top pimp at the RCJ
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joel (i go by) sati 11 Feb 18
Came to the US in 2002, and have been undocumented for 15 years. Was homeless during undergrad in 2014 because I couldn't make $300 rent. Now I'm gonna start law school in 2019 and work on my PhD in hopes of realizing my dream to be a law professor.
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Kirsty Brimelow QC 21 Jan 18
Watched my mum working for pennies piece sewing & Dad get his education at night school. Grants from to Birmingham uni, grant & awards for Bar School & pupillage. Jobs in pubs,cleaning,waitressing,telemarketing,door to door selling.
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Silver Kayondo 20 Apr 18
-Not so great O'level. Played all the way. Nearly quit -Changed school at A'level. Suspended but finished -Vac work in media. No lunch, no transport -Job at supermarket for pocket money & fees top up -Rejected by law firms -Gig as PA/media house -Now in Band 1 law
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MLH 22 Jan 18
I am delighted to announce the opening of the Midland Circuit Mini Pupillage Scheme. 4 funded mini pupillages aimed at those who would otherwise struggle to afford to undertake one. Application form to be found here Please RT
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Kate Eastman SC 21 Jan 18
Would be solicitors and barristers check this out - the is inspiring. See the wide range of backgrounds and diversity of lawyers. We celebrate diversity and the commitment of our legal profession to the rule of law.
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Harini Iyengar 21 Jan 18
Gd school, top Uni, pregnant at Bar School, “friends” no longer wanted to know me, had baby in pupillage alone, returned after 4 mths, completed work/breastfed overnight, got tenancy, socially isolated for few yrs since no cash left after Nursery fees, it got better.
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Rina Sond 22 Jan 18
state school (average student!), 1st generation to go to uni, worked part time throughout, no contacts in law, did paralegal work for 2yrs, trained, qualified in 2001, partner in 2017.. you can do it!
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ViewFromTheNorth  (QC!) 🐝 22 Jan 18
is all great, heartwarming and inspiring. But the question we need to ask ourselves is what have we done to clear the path for those that come behind us? Whatever their background.
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Nearly Legal 21 Jan 18
As everyone is doing a Comp school. Not great A levels, even for the 1980s. Art History at northern Poly. 2:1. Postgrad Art History, Uni academic, senior lecturer. Then FT GDL at 38. LPC. Paralegal then trainee. FT GDL/LPC funded by a legacy - very hard without.
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Jon Tobin 13 Feb 18
Born homeless in 1970s NYC to war refugee. Lived early childhood in foster care. Adopted at age seven by radio DJ who lost it all to crack habit. Learned to do tech in first dotcom era. Went to UCLA Law. Rocked it, no jobs. Started law firm. Disrupting now.
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Bad Legal LLP 21 Jan 18
- Elite schools - Mediocre grades - Family connections - Family money
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Gemma Ellison 21 Jan 18
Raised by a single working class Mum. Went to local comprehensive, poor GCSEs and worse a levels. 2:2 in my degree. Lost my mum aged 23 and was told to give up. 4 years qualified, won 2 awards and love my job.
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Edward S. Grange 22 Jan 18
•degree in Criminology •missed most of 2nd yr due 2 serious illness requiring major surgery •year out after Uni to have more surgery •self funded GDL & LPC •paralegal & trainee at Crim firm •8 years paying off debt •1st book at 33 •Partner at 35
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Susan Belgrave 21 Jan 18
easy thanks to my parents' hard work. State school Barbados. Law 2nd career, previously Min of Foreign Affairs, B'dos. LLB - UWI, Bar-London. Married. Pupillage Brussels. LLM Husband lost job. London. Knew no-one. Widow 2003, 2 children 4 +12. Survived.
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JJ! 21 Jan 18
So was a bad start. At 16 I knew I wanted to become a barrister. A teacher said I wouldn’t get the grades, wouldn’t get uni & wouldn’t be any good. I did, I did & (hopefully) I am! Don’t let others blind you with their preconceptions/prejudice as to who a lawyer is
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Jo Kaur 11 Feb 18
I grew up in a working class family. Mom works at a dry cleaners. Dad works at a convenience store. Despite their college degrees, they were denied lucrative jobs because of their religious appearance. I wanted to change that for others.
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