One of the joys of being an experienced solicitor (i.e older) and having my own firm, is the ability to offer placements to young students who are thinking about a career in law or are just about to enter this unique, interesting, crazy, challenging and rapidly changing career. it is always a pleasure to have younger minds around the firm, seeing things afresh through their eyes and helping them even if a little on their journey, is wonderful. This last week we have had Sydney Window with us and I have asked her to describe what the week’s placement has been like for her (her honest opinion!).
Here are her thoughts:
“I met Sally Azarmi in a boutique in Colchester where I work part time. She was buying some lovely clothes when we got talking about her business. Funnily enough, she was the owner of her own law firm and I was desperately searching for work experience. A month and a half after meeting and I’ve completed my week placement, you never know who you could bump into when shopping!
Before meeting Sally, it had become increasingly apparent to me that soon I would be facing the real world. Now nearing my third year of studying law at Brunel University London, I did not feel ready to stride out of my student life and in fact I felt seriously underprepared. After almost 10 years of education, the ultimate dream is to come out the other side with your dream job and with mine being a family solicitor, the bar is set extremely high.
With Sally’s guidance the past week, I have read through cases and evidence, drafted emails and conducted research on legal matters. Even the simple things, such as listening to Sally on the phone or hearing how she drafts emails was of great curiosity to me. Conducting these tasks have reminded me of the excitement and drive I have to qualify, enabling me to feel more equipped on what is to come when I graduate next July. Additionally, it has also enhanced my skills that are vital to being a lawyer. For example, I was asked to go through a contract and find a particular clause. At first I found this challenging, as sentences can be intricate and contract’s tend to be extensive. But the more I was reading documents, the easier I found it to comprehend and hence identify the section I was looking for. I also learnt the importance of prioritising tasks to ensure getting through a work load efficiently.
During the week, I have also had an insight into a new kind of law I hadn’t yet experienced, Immigration. Ever since studying Law at A-Level, I have been interested in Family law, due to my desire to work closely with individuals. By delving deeper into immigration cases this week, I have come to realise the two aren’t so different. Yes, they have their clear variances, but Sally’s desire to help her clients in these cases is the same desire I have to aid people in family issues and ultimately better their lives. Watching Sally with her clients only confirmed to me the path I wanted to take with my career, as I admired her selflessness when facilitating her clients.
My time here at Azarmi & Co has effectively set me up for the path I want to take once completing my degree. Working closely with Sally’s paralegal Mitchell Potter has reflected the idea of taking my LPC alongside the possibility of becoming a paralegal part time. I am eager to work and be part of the legal profession and therefore this could be the perfect route for me. My desire to work in a high street firm has also been confirmed, where I can experience helping real life people. Thus, the ultimate goal is to be a successful family solicitor where I will strive to make a difference. Working with Sally displayed that the key to being a good lawyer is empathy, in which she portrayed to me every hour of every day when handling her clients. I only hope to be as successful as her and so my week ended with a drive to get where I aspire. Therefore, I urge any undergraduates/students like me to talk about your passion, don’t feel disheartened by rejected applications and socialise with those around you. Being a chatterbox like me secured the perfect law placement and now I can’t wait to qualify!”