Law student lands local solicitors apprenticeship
Ambitious BTEC Business (Law) student Katie Davies is one step closer to fulfilling her dream of becoming a fully qualified solicitor after securing an apprenticeship with a local law firm during lockdown.
Quick-thinking Katie, who is in her final year at Trafford College, approached Altrincham head-quartered MLP Law immediately after owner and director Stephen Attree gave a virtual presentation to Business (Law) students.
Undeterred by the company website not showing any vacancies, she contacted the firm about work experience and was offered a job as a trainee paralegal following three rounds of interviews and an aptitude test.
“I immediately liked what I saw during the presentation,” Katie, a former pupil of Wellington High School said. “The description of the company as a close-knit working community really resonated with me, as well as the breadth of sectors the law firm covers.
“The work experience week that was part of the College course that I completed at a Manchester solicitors law firm really cemented the idea of a career in law. Without the College I would never have got this job, which will lead to a solicitors apprenticeship and full qualification in a few years; my family and I are over the moon.”
Business (Law) BTEC offers the opportunity for students to shine through assignments, in which Katie has excelled with a prediction of triple-starred distinction grades.
She added: “I really feel BTECs are underrated. I’m so glad my tutor Alex Speed, who is a qualified solicitor, offered an alternative route to A Levels as I’m really able to prove myself in my assignments. I really enjoyed lockdown learning and was really motivated to keep up my good first year grades.”
The owner and director of MLP Law Stephen Attree addressed students on diversity, inclusivity and equality in the legal profession and welcomed Katie’s interest as part of the company’s aim to support newcomers from all backgrounds into the profession.
Stephen said: “In my presentation I shared details on my background and journey into the profession and to becoming owner and CEO of MLP Law. I talked about what we look for in our people and explained our culture, and the values and behaviours that we live by. I also explained the fact that there is no such thing as a typical day as a solicitor at MLP!
“Katie impressed with her responsiveness and tenacity (within hours of the presentation she had got in touch with me and requested a connection on LinkedIn). In addition when we spoke she’d researched the firm, the role and what she needed to do next to advance her career. This also demonstrated pro activity, initiative and taking responsibility – key values and behaviours we look for in our people.
“It’s the first time speaking with the College from MLP Law, but hopefully not the last! We have opportunities for vacation jobs and work experience as well as a programme of recruitment and development across different roles in the business.”