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This year marks 100 years since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time in the UK. Much has been achieved since 1919, but as in many professions, women working within the legal sector still face many distinct challenges.
The journey to the Bar is long and it can be lonely too. However, a lot of the fears and insecurities that aspiring barristers face can be dispelled by placing them in the context of someone else’s experience. By being able to relate your experiences to someone else’s, the loneliness and stress that often come with Bar school and pupillage can be remedied.
Commercial awareness is understanding that being a lawyer involves much more than just knowing the law – you have to know your clients’ businesses and the sectors they operate in to be able to help them achieve their commercial aims.
I recently graduated with a 2.1 in philosophy and plan to take a year out to save up before taking the GDL What kind of paid work could I do which looks impressive to employers and would be flexible enough to allow me to keep putting my legal career first?