What did you do after graduation?
On graduation from Sheffield University, I was awarded two scholarships from Middle Temple Inn to study for a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and then the Bar Vocational Course. After being called to the Bar in 2005, I took the Law Society´s Accreditation Examinations which allowed me to present cases before the First and Upper Tier Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber. I now work as an in house Advocate for a Solicitors firm based in London.
What skills did you learn on your course?
History furnishes you with the ability to make an argument well, this is a skill which has proved indispensable to pursuit of a career in law, with Advocacy at its heart.
What did you enjoy about studying history at Sheffield?
The History Department at Sheffield maintained a collegiate intimacy through close taught Seminars and Lecturers who wore their academic reputations lightly. Vigorous interrogation of sources was encouraged, and no question was dismissed for being too obvious. This openness set me at my ease and allowed me to thrive in my studies.
What did you enjoy about Sheffield as a city?
Above all, the University allows you to make it your own. I took part in a couple of societies, made friends and grew in confidence. Sheffield itself is a city packed with life and bustle. At night, beside the Main Library, there is a spectacular backdrop of scattered lights surging across the city. You can´t help but be inspired.