Careers in Law
Julia Krier, Trainee Solicitor (graduated 2007)
During my three years at Lancaster, I found the History Department to be a friendly, encouraging and vibrant environment in which to study. I loved engaging with primary sources in the small group special subject module under the tutelage of an expert in the field and I found planning and writing my dissertation to be a challenging and stimulating experience. On graduating, I went on to complete a law conversion course (Graduate Diploma in Law) and I now work at a large North West law firm as a trainee solicitor due to qualify shortly. My time at Lancaster gave me a good grounding in many of the skills necessary for this role. In particular, the ability to analyse large amounts of information, identify the key issues and communicate these coherently is crucial. Whether completing a research task for my supervisor or getting to grips with the contents of a new file, I use these skills on a day to day basis. Writing persuasive essays and participating in seminars were excellent training in developing the communication skills vital for advising clients, communicating with colleagues or negotiating with other parties.
Varun Maharaj, Solicitor (BA, 1985, Fylde College)
After my History and Politics degree, I completed the CPE and (as they were then) the Law Society Finals at Birmingham , was articled at a City of London firm before moving North. I am now a partner specialising in Real Estate at a 38 partner/200+ staff legal firm with offices in Manchester and Liverpool. The academic skills acquired at Lancaster have served me well in my post university life and (as is evident from the route I have taken) are translatable into a number of different vocations. Going to university is an experience which will shape the rest of your life. You must appreciate the good fortune of being offered a place by making the very most of the both the academic and social opportunities afforded to you. As Frank said 'Regrets, I've had a few.' Going to Lancaster is not one of mine!
Paul Twyman, Senior Legal Adviser, The Patent Office (BA, 1978, Cartmel College)
I graduated in history almost thirty years ago. I've never needed any historical knowledge in any job I've done as I've moved around the Civil Service, but I don't think the subject was a waste. The ability to do your own research; evaluate what other people have done; identify conflicting views; debate different perspectives; decide which interpretation is best supported by the evidence (including coming up with your own ideas); and produce arguments that inform or persuade other people were all developed and put into practice during the degree course. The study skills helped me pass a raft of management accountancy exams and get through an MBA course. While the knowledge may never be called on, you should pick up and develop a range of transferable skills that will last a lifetime.